GLOBAL NEWS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF BC REGIONAL NEWS DIRECTOR JILL KROP AFTER 23 YEARS
For Immediate Release
VANCOUVER, August 27, 2020 – Global News announced today that Jill Krop, BC Regional Director of Global News, is stepping down after almost 35 years in journalism, including 23 years spent at Global stations. Her last day managing the newsrooms at Global BC, Global Okanagan and 980 CKNW is September 30, 2020.
Krop’s career began at BCTV, now Global BC, in 1986 while still a student at BCIT. After graduating, she worked at CKPG in Prince George before moving across Canada to Halifax to join ASN, a satellite station that was part of the CTV affiliated newsroom. In the mid-1990s, Krop moved back to her home province for a job at CHEK TV in Victoria. In 1997 she arrived at BCTV to host Wake UP, the predecessor to Global News Morning.
During her tenure at BCTV, Krop anchored the weekend news: Morning, Noon and News Hour, and also spent a decade at the helm of News Hour Final. With the launch of BC’s first all news channel BC1, Krop switched gears to host Unfiltered, a daily talk show. The program offered an introspective look at the stories and issues making waves across the province and showcased Krop’s ability to dig deeper than the headlines to give British Columbians a broader understanding of a multitude of stories.
In 2015, she was named News Director of Global BC and BC1, a role which eventually expanded to include oversight of the CKNW radio news team and Global Okanagan’s newsroom. For the past five years, Krop has dedicated herself to securing Global BC’s position as the #1 newsroom in the province and has worked diligently to create a unique and highly successful team of radio, television and digital journalists.
“Throughout her career, Jill has always been a fierce advocate for local news. She has been a trusted voice for viewers and a respected leader in the newsroom. Under her watch, Global BC has cemented its place at the top of the ratings, taken home major awards nationally and internationally and has continued to lead innovation in an ever-changing industry,” said Ward Smith, Senior Vice President, Global News. “Through all of these successes, Jill has been a caring leader and a mentor to her team. We will all miss her humour, drive and passion for news.”
“This is a remarkable news organization of talented individuals who come together every day to inform and educate British Columbians,” said Jill Krop. “I am honoured to have been a part of it for the past 23 years.”
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