Joining award-winning anchor Chris Gailus is Sophie Lui, a well-known journalist and a much-loved co-anchor of the Morning News and backup anchor of the News Hour and Global National.
Chris and Sophie’s vast experience will provide in-depth context to the issues and events that affect viewers across B.C.
“This change will give us more flexibility to have our best-known, most experienced anchors on scene at major events and take the strength of the News Hour across multiple platforms by providing content for BC 1 and online,” says Jill Krop, News Director and Station Manager, Global BC. “With a passion for telling the stories that matter most in the community, Sophie Lui will make a great addition to News Hour alongside veteran anchor, Chris Gailus.”
“Sophie is one of the top journalists and best broadcasters in the country,” he says. “Terrific interview skills, great storyteller, a local’s perspective with a well-travelled world view. I have so much respect for her and I am thrilled she is joining the News Hour team. It makes a great news program even better.”
Sophie says she is excited to be joining Chris and the News Hour family.
“[Chris] is a top tier journalist and broadcaster, and I feel humbled and privileged to now have the opportunity to be a part of the newscast that [he] has helped shaped these past several years,” she says. “I can’t wait to work together on taking the News Hour into the future – continuing our tradition of broadcast excellence, not just at 6 p.m., but around the the clock, on television, online, and on mobile.”
But this isn’t the only exciting change to come!
In addition to the move to News Hour, Sophie Lui will also join Jay Durant as co-anchor of Global News at 11, formerly known as News Hour Final. The 35 minute newscast will be followed by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
“Jay and I have always had so much fun working together and I’m looking forward to putting on an informative, but edgy newscast that gets folks ready for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” says Sophie.
Anne Drewa is moving into the role of Global BC‘s consumer reporter and will be a passionate advocate for consumer rights.
Morning News anchor Steve Darling will continue hosting the show as we search for a new co-host. He will be joined by a number of prominent guest hosts who will take a deeper dive into cultural and social issues until a permanent co-host is chosen.
Robin Stickley will continue to anchor the Early News at 5 p.m. but she will also be taking over anchor duties on the Noon News.
Lynn Colliar will be returning to the weekend shift to anchor the Saturday and Sunday Morning News and Noon News.