Leo nominee reflects on career at Shaw TV as station prepares to go off air
In an alternate universe – one without community television – Fiona Forbes is probably a lawyer.
The Vancouver broadcaster was once a student well on her way to a career in law when her father encouraged her to volunteer at a local community TV station (then Rogers, now Shaw) as a way to overcome her fear of public speaking.
That volunteer gig led to an on-air career at Shaw that’s spanned nearly two decades, the bulk of it as co-host (with Michael Eckford) of Urban Rush and The Rush, and more recently at the helm of Fiona Forbes and Where You Live. She’s conducted a staggering 30,000 interviews over the course of her award-winning broadcasting career (her favourites: John Cleese and Martin Short), and is nominated for a 2017 Leo Award for Best Host in an Information, Lifestyle or Reality Program or Series for a Burnaby-focused episode of Where You Live.
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