Astrid Braunschmidt of CTV Vancouver Island Has Delivered Her Last Weather Forecast

One of the more attractive reasons to tune in CTV Vancouver Island is no more.  After 17 years with Victoria’s second television station, Astrid Braunschmidt is leaving .. for a position handling Media Relations with BC Ferries.

Astrid, who grew up in Greater Victoria, began her broadcast career in 2001 as CIVI arrived on the air as ‘The New VI,’ and she was a reporter/videographer.  She soon advanced to co-hosting duties on the then breakfast show, ‘New Day,’where her upbeat personality and sunny disposition won her many new fans.

Astrid eventually took over the evening weathercasting chores for the station, and then went back to school  to become a certified meteorologist, the only one in Vancouver Island broadcasting.  Now she is off to new public relations work for BC Ferries, and we’re sure her many fans will miss her.

We at PSR thank Astrid for being able to forecast foul weather when necessary while not leaving us in a foul mood, and wish her the very best in her new role.

Meantime, a heartfelt four-minute ‘parting package’ as prepared by CTV anchorman Andrew Johnson can be viewed  HERE.



Published on January 12, 2019 at 4:20 am by Ron Robinson


October 13, 2018 - 2:09 pm

News watcher

Does this mean that longtime Ferries spokesperson Deborah Sykes (Marshall) is stepping down?

October 13, 2018 - 9:26 pm


She looks very much like Yvonne Schelle @ Global TV…

October 14, 2018 - 3:38 pm

Larry L

I remember back to the New VI days and when this lovely young lady graced my television screen for the first time with her presence. Not only was she a ‘looker’, but a PRO, with a lovely personality. My tv screen won’t be as bright without you Astrid. I have no doubt she shall excel in her new position with BC Ferries. Good luck pretty lady!

October 15, 2018 - 11:53 am

Just sayin’

Smart lady. Dumped an iffy, non-secure tv gig for an ironclad government/union job with related perks.

October 15, 2018 - 3:15 pm

Terry Bell

I’d be curious about the future of Deb Marshall as well. She contributed to my ‘casts regarding ferry sailing back in the ’70’s. I have been surprised in recent months to see that she was still with BC Ferries. A long time in the same job is rather unusual in radio/TV and ferry corps.

As for Astrid Braunschmidt, I wish her well.

As for Bagoverheadguy, it’s Schalle with an ‘a’.

October 30, 2018 - 5:45 am

Rachel Sentes

The next time a male tv personality leaves, please make sure to start the story with ” One of the more attractive reasons to tune in CTV Vancouver Island is no more.” So we can focus on the really important aspects of his career. You really just could have opened with “After 17 years” but no. Someday reporting about professional women might just be that, without physical references. Someday.

November 21, 2018 - 3:50 pm


Rachel Sentes, the triggered snow flake strikes.

February 12, 2019 - 12:38 pm


Calling out sexist writing is being a snowflake? Nope. It’s not being “triggered” either. If anyone was triggered, it was you Steve.

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