​Shad Out as Host of CBC’s ‘q’, Replaced By Guy Who Likes Being On the Radio

Very Shad!
August 15, 2016, 5:19pm

Shad's done with q. Photo via CP.

In a move that no one saw coming, except for staff, media critics, and listeners, Shad is no longer the host of CBC's q.

The hip-hop artist is being replaced by Tom Power, the CBC Radio 2 host who no one has an opinion on.

Shad, 34, took over the show from the disgraced Jian Ghomeshi in March 2015 after a long search for a replacement host for the CBC's flagship radio show (then known as Q). Ghomeshi was fired in October 2014 amid sex assault allegations.


Shad's final show will be Tuesday. He will be followed out the door by two senior producers on the show, though they are sticking around in different roles at the CBC.

While a well-known figure in Canadian music, Shad was a relative newcomer to radio and failed to deliver the audience and zeitgeisty moments of his predecessor.

Even the CBC's own story about Shad today notes that his critics called him "unengaging and rudderless," which is not ungenerous.

Shad and the CBC are apparently discussing developing another show but that feels a bit "of course, we'll stay friends."

Power, 29, hails from Newfoundland and your mom will like him just fine.

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