Fans respond to news that Shelagh Rogers is stepping down from the CBC

May 15 2023, 7:56 pm

Tenured CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers, the celebrated Canadian broadcaster who has worked for the news organization for more than 40 years, has just announced her retirement, signalling the end of an era that fans nationwide are now mourning.

In her latest episode of The Next Chapter over the weekend, Rogers revealed that this will be her last season after 15 years serving as the lauded backbone of the show, which covers Canadian books and authors.

“You may have heard today that I am leaving The Next Chapter… and it’s true. The time has come, the Walrus said,” she began.

“I started at CBC Radio when I was 24 years old. I’m 67 now, and I want to make room for that 24-year-old to come in through the doors and have the kind of experience I’ve been privileged to have here.”

The icon went on in her characteristically steady, comforting tone to call her career “remarkable,” especially the last 15 years spent at the helm of the award-winning The Next Chapter, which she called “the best job in the country.”

She expressed her gratitude to her listeners coast-to-coast, as well as to the numerous writers she’s had the chance to speak with on the show, from big-name luminaries to those just launching their literary careers, from novelists and poets to memoirists and writer-illustrators of children’s books.

While announcing the heavy news, she also made sure to note that she was leaving on her own terms, saying with a nod to contemporary Lisa LaFlamme, “I’m not being shown the door because of my grey hair, or even my blue and purple hair, for that matter.”

“If it’s not too cheesy to express it this way, it’s time for me to get on with my own next chapter… there are other stories I want to tell, and this is my choice,” she continued.

People have been quick to express their support for Rogers in her decision to depart, and also their admiration for her long, illustrious career and the role she’s played in their lives.

Many are double devastated due to the fact that author and Writers & Company host Eleanor Wachtel is likewise slated to leave her position at the network after multiple decades, also to retire.

Rogers’ last time on the weekly program will be June 24. She said that she will have more to say about her next steps — and presumably, what is next for the show — at that time and in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, people are already wondering who will be hired to take her place, and are wishing CBC Radio the best of luck in finding someone to carry on her legacy as founding host.

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