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News anchor speaks on career with CHEK

By Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins

Published 2:20 PDT, Mon June 20, 2022

Last Updated: 11:13 PDT, Tue June 21, 2022

Joe Perkins is a longtime CHEK TV news anchor and co-host of the podcast MicCHEK whose outstanding stories have earned him awards regionally and nationally. 

Perkins recently sat down with the Our City Tonight team to discuss his media experiences and his love of Vancouver Island.

You’ve been involved in the media industry for a lot of years. How did you navigate the last eight years and end up at CHEK News?

I’ve been working in the news industry on Vancouver Island since 2011, starting out with CTV where I was a reporter and anchor as well as a radio host. 

When I was at CTV anchoring the news, it was always in the back of my mind that if I wanted to stay on Vancouver Island, there was one place to be and that was at CHEK. It’s an independently owned local station that really leans into local news. That’s what it’s all about and what I love. 

There’s so much to talk about and that’s why CHEK does so well. I wanted to be at CHEK and when (their team) came knocking a few years ago, I could not turn down the opportunity, and the rest is history.

A lot of people don’t realize that CHEK is (an example of) a diminishing thing in modern media. There are only three independent stations in all of Canada, CHEK being one. What is great about CHEK is that it’s a local network with a national reach. (It’s) not mandated by Toronto, allowing CHEK to focus a lot more on local stories. You and (producer KC) Kyle have a great podcast called MicCHEK, (which has) been recently nominated for a broadcast award, Best Podcast in the West for 2022. Can you tell us about MicCHEK?

MicCHEK is really a branch of CHEK in an effort to get modern. CHEK has been around for 66 years now, and (the station) wanted to get into podcasting. (CHEK) built a beautiful podcast studio and (has) developed a great family of content.We talk about quirky island stories and island people, truly just light listening as well as watching on CHEK’s late night news. 

We also have a political show with our legislative correspondent, Rob Shaw. Mo Amir out of Vancouver does a show, (Don Taylor and Rick Dhaliwal) have their own two-hour live show on CHEK every weekday.

The podcast is the next chapter of the evolution of CHEK, and Our City Tonight is part of that family. If CHEK lost its streaming service, (Our City Tonight) is on there, and MicCHEK is on there to provide another way for people to get more local content—and it’s still free.

Watch Joe Perkins on the 6 p.m. CHEK newscast every night, and on the MicCHEK podcast.

For the full video interview, go to richmondsentinel.ca/videos

Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins are contributing writers to the Richmond Sentinel.

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