Veteran CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers is saying goodbye to The Next Chapter.
Rogers announced on May 13 that this season will be her last, with her final episode as host of the weekly show about Canadian authors and literature airing on CBC Radio and CBC Listen on June 24.
“I started at CBC Radio when I was 24 years old. The last 43 years have been remarkable,” Rogers said on the program. “”I am deeply grateful to the writers I’ve spoken with. I’m also very, very grateful … to [the listeners], for tuning in week after week. But 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.”
Rogers has hosted The Next Chapter for 15 years. The program will continue, with a summer edition hosted by CBC Books producer and The Next Chapter contributor Ryan B. Patrick launching on July 1. The CBC says that a search for a permanent host will start soon.
Rogers’s announcement comes two weeks after Eleanor Wachtel, the host and co-creator of CBC’s Writers & Company, announced she would be retiring next month.