Omni anchor Albanese takes run at politics


TORONTO -- Veteran Canadian broadcaster Laura Albanese on Tuesday said she is entering provincial Ontario politics and will run as provincial Liberal candidate in York South-Weston, a suburb of Toronto.

Italian-born Albanese said she is taking a leave of absence from her co-anchor chair at Omni, which is owned and operated by cable giant Rogers Communications Inc., to possibly succeed outgoing Liberal MP Joe Cordiano in an upcoming by-election.

Albanese joins a long list of Canadian journalists and broadcasters to take runs at provincial or federal politics. These include Carole Taylor (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) and Peter Kent (Global Television).

Most recently, Ralph Klein, a former Calgary reporter, retired as the long-serving premier of Alberta, while long-time BBC and Channel Four broadcaster-turned-federal member of Parliament Michael Ignatieff in November failed to succeed Paul Martin as head of the opposition Liberal Party.