Ted is a familiar face in Calgary – having anchored TV newscasts for more than 10-years.
Ted gives his time to many community organizations including groups supporting research into finding a cure for juvenile diabetes, leukemia and other cancers. Ted also coaches minor hockey… and he helps groups like the Calgary Real Estate Board Charitable Foundation, Kids Curing Kids, and CUPS Third World Society.
- Calgary White Hat Award, recognizing volunteer work in the community
- Honorary Governor, Calgary Real Estate Board Charitable Foundation
- Top 40 Under-40, Avenue Magazine
- Byron MacGregor Award for Best Radio Newscast, from RTNDA Canada
- Charlie Edwards Award for Breaking News Coverage, from RTNDA Canada
- Best Male News Anchor, from AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association)
- Best Live Reporter, from AMPIA
- Best Male Host, from AMPIA
- University of Toronto – with a major in Political Science and English
- Ryerson University – Broadcast Journalism degree
Tara Slone is the former lead singer of the Juno-nominated rock group Joydrop, known across North America for their hit songs “Beautiful” and “Sometimes Wanna Die”. After making the Top Ten on the reality series Rockstar: INXS, Tara returned to penning and performing her own music, and in 2007, she released her first solo disc “Just Look Pretty and Sing”. Tara is also a seasoned actor, having attended Concordia University’s theatre performance program. Tara has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including an appearance opposite Ryan Reynolds in Foolproof, and a recurring role on the popular USA Network show La Femme Nikita.
Tara’s eclectic resume and unique perspective led her to the other side of the microphone, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in Toronto entertainment television as the host and producer of the weekly show Inside Jam.
Moving to Alberta in 2010, Tara has since become one of Calgary’s most trusted on-air personalities, waking up with the city each weekday morning as the co-host of City’s Breakfast Television. You can also catch Tara moonlighting on occasion, talking sports of all kinds on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Tara is the 2013 Alberta Film and Television Award winner in the category of “Best Host”.
Tara and her husband Joe are proud parents of 4-year old Audrey, by far their greatest accomplishment!
Andrew helps Breakfast Television viewers plan their day with the latest forecast. Whether you need sunscreen, an umbrella or a parka – Andrew has the up to the minute weather information Calgarians can count on.
Andrew aspires to one day make the cover of Avenue Magazine – or at the very least, a community newsletter somewhere.
Andrew began his career as a production assistant on an internationally syndicated entertainment program The Movie Show, while enrolled in the Broadcasting program at Mount Royal College. After graduating, Andrew landed a job as a writer, producer, reporter and segment host on the program. The thrill of “live” TV drew Andrew to Citytv where he landed a job as a weather anchor for Breakfast Television.
When he isn’t busy playing at work, Andrew enjoys spending time at home with his two little girls. Active in the community, Andrew does a lot of work with the Calgary Humane Society and is also a big supporter of Pace Kids.
A little known fact about Andrew is that he was the first reporter on the scene of the Pine Lake Tornado tragedy in July 2000. This coverage won Andrew a C.A.B. (Canadian Association of Broadcasters) Gold Award for “Breaking News Coverage.”
On Location Host
Every morning Jill Belland dishes up a serving of Breakfast Television to Citytv audiences from the lively streets of Calgary.
As BT’s On Location Host, Jill can be seen scaling buildings with firefighters, feeding bats at the Zoo, and pole dancing her way to morning show glory.
The excitement of performing, fast deadlines and having the opportunity to tell people’s unique stories, drove Jill towards a career in television. Jill got her start at Citytv by pouring coffee on the morning show after graduating from the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Communications and Culture with a concentration in Media Studies. Her hard working attitude earned her a job as a production assistant for the News Department. Jill has also delivered daily entertainment news segments on MTV Canada and was the host of Wired before returning to Citytv and joining the Breakfast Television gang as their On Location Host.
Jill is a trained singer, dancer and actress with a big passion for the arts. Her long list of accomplishments include an AMPIA (Alberta Motion Picture Industry Award) for “Best Host” in 2009 and 2010; being named one of the “Top 10 Hottest Women on Television” by HELLO! Magazine Canada; and being named “Favourite TV Personality” and “Sexiest Calgarian” by FFWD Magazine in 2010. Also high on Jill’s list of accomplishments was singing the national anthem as a Calgary Stampeeder in front of 35,000 hometown fans.
Most recently Jill has taken her talents to the stage in productions like “The Full Monty” and “Man Out of Joint”. Jill is also passionate about charitable organizations and is actively involved with Kids Cancer Care Foundation, Inn from the Cold, Safe Haven Foundation, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Breast Cancer Supportive Care to name a few.
Leah Sarich is City Calgary’s Health Specialist. She has been reporting on health issues since 2003.
Leah took a break from health reporting to launch YourCity, an evening news magazine show for Citytv Calgary in 2006.
Leah is a jack of all trades. You’ll catch her filling in regularly for weather, news and the hosts on BT.
Leah started in journalism in 1996. She worked in Toronto for MuchMusic and CBC’s national current affairs program Undercurrents. She then moved to Calgary to work as a news writer, arts and entertainment reporter and news anchor for A-Channel.
Leah was nominated for Best Television Host by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association in 2012 and 2013.
Reading is one of Leah’s greatest passions. She is a strong believer of literacy and supporting your local library. She has written two educational children’s books and volunteers regularly for Calgary Reads.
Leah has an English Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Journalism Degree from the University of Regina.
Leah and her husband Dewey have two children, Anna and Henry, who keep them running, laughing and rarely sleeping.
Tech News Reporter
Mike Yawney keeps Calgarians up to date on the latest tech trends, steering them in the right direction when it comes to purchasing the latest smartphones, tablets, smart watches and other electronic gadgets.
For the past 19 years, Mike has been crafting stories for television. He spent the first 10 years of his career in news, focusing on crime and court. in 2004 Mike pursued his true passion, turning his attention to technology. He has quickly become one of the leading voices in tech, traveling the globe to be the first to bring hands-on impressions of products from companies like Apple, Samsung and Microsoft often weeks before they hit store shelves.
Mike is not only seen daily on Breakfast Television here in Calgary, he also contributes to Breakfast Television broadcasts in other Canadian markets including Toronto where he is also the Technology Specialist for CityNews. He can also be heard talking tech on any number of Rogers radio stations across the country.
When Mike isn’t transfixed by technology, he can be seen filling in on a variety of roles on BT Calgary including anchoring the News, filling in for Traffic, Weather or On Location hosting duties.