CBC Press Release:
MOXY FRUVOUS' JIAN GHOMESHI NAMED HOST OF NEW CBC NEWSWORLD LIVE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT NEWS PROGRAM "PLAY" DEBUTING MARCH 7
Tony Burman, Executive Director, CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jian Ghomeshi as host of CBC Newsworld's new live weekly arts and entertainment program Play. Ghomeshi begins his hosting duties with the series premiere of Play Thursday, March 7 at 11 p.m. ET (encore broadcast Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET).
A multi-talented musical artist and writer, Ghomeshi brings an insider's perspective to the world of arts and entertainment coverage. He is best known as a lead singer and songwriter in the popular folk-rock group Moxy Früvous. The Juno-nominated band has sold over 500,000 albums worldwide. They have been featured in People magazine and USA Today and have also appeared both in Canada and the United States on television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Showbiz Today, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, the New Music, CBC Television's Rita McNeil Show, the Dini Petty Show, CBC Television's Friday Night!, the Jerry Lewis Telethon and more.
As a writer, Ghomeshi's latest opinion pieces have been published in the Sunday Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. He has also appeared as a host/interviewer/commentator on various television programs, including CBC Television's The National, CBC Newsworld's counterSpin, The Chatroom, Canada AM, Studio 2 and Much Music.
Ghomeshi has written and performed musical political/social satire for television and radio appearing on All Things Considered (NPR),CBC Radio's Morningside, CBC Television's The Journal, Canada AM, CBC Television's The Royal Canadian Air Farce, Sunday Morning, Much Music, The Juno Awards, Just for Laughs and Definitely Not the Opera. Ghomeshi has also performed at festivals and venues across North America and Europe, including Newport Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, WOMAD Festival (London, UK), Just for Laughs, NHL All Star Game (ACC - Toronto), Tonder Festival (Denmark), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and at folk festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina and Ottawa.
Born in London, England, Ghomeshi takes pride in his Iranian heritage as well as his Canadian citizenship. He holds a degree in Political Science and History from York University. He is currently recording his debut solo album with the anticipation of an early summer release.