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Time to write my next chapter

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Over five years ago, when I was asked to join the Breakfast Television family, I knew I was embarking on a life-changing journey. In so many ways, I knew I’d be able to grow on-air, as a digital strategist, and journalist. I was excited to step up to the challenge and advance my career in ways so many other greats have at Citytv, too.

Along the way, I met many new friends, strengthened relationships, and tried new things.

Citytv is home—it’s where it all started, where my friends and family are, and also where I succeeded and failed. I’ve been privileged to work on projects like the GRAMMY Awards and TIFF. We built a relationship where we could have an open dialogue on air every morning. I couldn’t have picked a better place to cultivate this chapter of my career.

And while Citytv is where I called home, sometimes in order to grow and learn, you need move away. It’s not an easy decision, but you need to follow your gut and take some risks.

This is not a goodbye but it’s a see you later. I have a couple fun projects bubbling away and I can’t wait to share more with you. As you all know, I’m really passionate for tech, travel, food, and entertainment.

I want to thank a few people for taking a chance on me. Jordan Schwartz for seeing something in me, my follow co-hosts past and present for championing and pushing me to grow, producers and crew I’ve shared countless laughs with, Rogers Media for allowing me the platform to build a rewarding career, and to you, the viewers at home, for welcoming me to your breakfast table every morning.

Tomorrow is my last day on Breakfast Television. As always, thank you for the love and support.

With love, 
Winston


Breakfast Television: My foray into morning TV

Since early 2011, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the folks at City (formerly Citytv) where I was welcomed on the team as their technology expert for Canada’s #1 daytime lifestyle show, Cityline with Tracy Moore.  I later on was brought on to work with the Rogers Digital Media team at Cityline.ca, writing and assisting with the daily operations of Cityline.ca, where I stayed for approximately 18 months.

Winston Sih - Headshot taken Dec. 2012 in Toronto. MENDES PHOTOGRAPHY/Valter Mendes

Winston Sih – Headshot taken Dec. 2012 in Toronto.
MENDES PHOTOGRAPHY/Valter Mendes

Having believed in the City vision for over two years has taught me that this is a place where you get to carve your own path, turn your concepts into reality, and where you aren’t just boxed into a job.  Rogers has always been a place where I had a voice, and could prove my talent to colleagues, superiors, and everyday viewers like you.

The specifics of my new role have been kept silent over the past month, but I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce that I’ll be joining the Breakfast Television team in Toronto starting July 8 under the new title of Digital Media Producer-Correspondent.

As for what you’ll see on-air day to day, I’ll be the show’s digital media correspondent, bringing what you’re talking about around the breakfast table and online to air–bridging the gap between your at-home conversations and our on-air hosts.

I’ll also be populating BTtoronto.ca and other City websites across the country with web-exclusive editorial content, interacting with you around the clock through our Twitter and Facebook pages, and allowing viewers to tell us what you want us to talk about!  It’s you, the viewers, who drive our show!

You’ll continue to see me on Cityline as the resident technology expert, bringing all that’s hot in the tech world to homes across Canada!

I’ll be working closely with the In-House Productions team at Rogers Media, so stay tuned to City in the near future for more!

My alarm clock is adjusted to 3:30 a.m., and it’s such an honour to be able to work alongside industry professionals including Dina Pugliese, Kevin Frankish, Frank Ferragine, Jennifer Valentyne, and the great folks behind the scenes.

A huge thanks goes out to Jordan Schwartz, Vice President of In-House Productions, Rogers Media, and Andrea Gagliardi, Senior Director and General Manager of Broadcasting, Rogers Digital Media, for believing in my work and for extending this opportunity to me.


Does Instagram own your photos? – CityNews & 680News

I appeared on CityNews at 6 and 680News to talk about Instagram’s change in terms of service and privacy policy with reporters Saphia Khambalia and Momin Qureshi.

Update: 

Instagram published the following update blog post and revised terms of service, in response to the public’s reaction:

Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service. In the days since, it became clear that we failed to fulfill what I consider one of our most important responsibilities – to communicate our intentions clearly. I am sorry for that, and I am focused on making it right.

The concerns we heard about from you the most focused on advertising, and what our changes might mean for you and your photos. There was confusion and real concern about what our possible advertising products could look like and how they would work.

Because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in October 2010.

You can see the updated terms here.

Going forward, rather than obtain permission from you to introduce possible advertising products we have not yet developed, we are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work.

You also had deep concerns about whether under our new terms, Instagram had any plans to sell your content. I want to be really clear: Instagram has no intention of selling your photos, and we never did. We don’t own your photos – you do.

Finally, there was also confusion about how widely shared and distributed your photos are through our service. The distribution of your content and photos is governed by our privacy policy, and always has been. We have made a small change to our terms to make that as clear as possible.

You can view the current terms and privacy policy, as well as review the updated terms and privacy policy that will take effect on January 19, 2013.

I’m proud that Instagram has a community that feels so strongly about a product we all love. I’m even more proud that you feel empowered to be vocal and approach us with constructive feedback to help us build a better product. Thank you for your feedback, and I look forward to all that Instagram has to bring in the New Year.

Thank you,

Kevin Systrom co-founder, Instagram

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