News Director - CityNews Ottawa (12-month contract)

Come play a key role in building the future of Sports & Media! Everyone wants to be part of a transformational team – and that’s exactly what we’re building at Rogers Sports & Media. A team that innovates and a team that wins.


At Rogers Sports & Media we are committed to creating and growing teams that are digital-first, fast-moving and bold-thinking and are focused on delivering impact with everything they do. Our impressive collection of assets includes media properties, sports teams, sports events & production, venues, e-commerce platforms and a close connection with our Connected Home and Wireless team. Collectively, we touch the lives of 30 million Canadians every month!


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This role has been posted in locations where we have a Rogers corporate site. We encourage qualified candidates from across the country to apply who can reasonably commute  to one of these locations.


As we grow our team, the well-being of our team members remains our top priority. To ensure the health and safety of our team members, including those in the recruitment process, our team members are working from home, and are equipped to do so safely and efficiently.


Are you up for the challenge and the fun?  If so, consider the following opportunity!



Do you have a pulse on what the Ottawa area is talking about? Are you passionate about news, especially on digital and radio? Are you excited about building the next generation news team? CityNews has an exciting opportunity for you. We are looking for a News Director to lead our CityNews Ottawa team.


This is a 12-month contract position.


What you will do…

  • Provide editorial leadership for content on all platforms including, digital, radio and talk radio.
  • Lead the transition to digital by extending the programming beyond radio to online and podcasting and help Rogers build the future of local news radio/audio/online.
  • Build and manage a high performing team through coaching, development and leadership.
  • Partner with Sales Manager & Commercial Integration Director to achieve financial targets.
  • Manage local programming operations and partner with sales to deliver revenue targets and hit local Contribution Margin budget.
  • Collaborate with leaders in other regions and platforms to maximize content sharing strategy.

What you will bring…

  • This is a leadership position. You should have a proven record of successful newsroom and people management. 
  • You know all phases of a news operation including but not limited to: digital, news reporting and writing newscast formats, news production, newsroom organization, talk shows and news gathering technology
  • You will have an eye and an ear for great content and know what works for digital, radio, talk radio and broadcast.
  • You understand the difference between news and sales and know to work with sales to hit financial targets.
  • You have an ability to make connections across departments within the company and maintain positive connections with staff, management, clients, news sources and the general public
  • You are passionate about Canada and all of its the diverse communities and cultures. And you understand Ottawa’s unique place in the Canadian landscape.
  • You embrace challenges and change -  and are constantly exploring new ideas and approaches to content and production.
  • You are an excellent communicator, especially in pressure situations.
  • News never stops and neither do you. You must be willing to work evening and weekends when needed.




As a condition of hire, all new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccinations against COVID 19. Any request for an exception under Human Rights legislation must be supported by evidence to be considered by Rogers on a case by case basis.


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What makes us different makes us stronger. Rogers has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Everyone who applies for a job will be considered. We recognize the business value in creating a workplace where each team member has the tools to reach their full potential. At Rogers, we value the insights and innovation that diverse teams bring to work. We work with our candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process to ensure that they have what they need to be at their best. Please reach out to our recruiters and hiring managers to begin a conversation about how we can ensure that you deliver your best work. You matter to us! For any questions, please visit the Rogers FAQ.

Schedule: Full time
Shift: Day
Length of Contract: 12 Months
Work Location: 2001 Thurston Drive (089), Ottawa, ON 
Travel Requirements: None
Posting Category/Function: Broadcasting & News
Requisition ID: 256338
Posting Notes:  Rogers Sports & Media 





Ottawa, ON, CA

Being a Rogers team member comes with some great perks & benefits including:

· Health & well-being benefits
· Donation matching
· Paid time off for volunteering
· Wealth Accumulation including: Pension plan & Employee stock options
· Generous employee discounts
· Leadership development, Mentorship, and Coaching programs

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