Not goodbye but see you around: Joe Perkins says goodbye to the anchor desk and hello to a new role


After four years in the role, Joe Perkins is moving on from as the 6 p.m. anchor to become CHEK’s news director.

Perkins moved over to employee-owned CHEK News in 2019 and has been a staple at the station ever since. He has been part of Vancouver Island’s news scene since 2011 as a reporter and anchor.

“I’m extremely grateful to all the viewers who have welcomed me into their homes over the last decade delivering the nightly news on Vancouver Island,” Perkins said in his newscast on June 23.

“Of course, it’s a little bittersweet, stepping away, but I’m looking forward to the chance to play a small part in CHEK’s future.”

“We have a great team here at CHEK, the best people I’ve ever worked with and with all the changes happening in local news these days, one thing you can count on is that CHEK will continue to be there for Vancouver Island and this community.”

In his time at CHEK, Perkins oversaw the change to an hour-long newscast for the 6 p.m., hosted the MicCHEK podcast, and created news segments like Island Rewind and Order Up!

Perkins is a leader in our community and our newsroom.

“We know he will be missed on air, but Joe is the right person to guide our news team into the future as news director,” said CHEK General Manager Rob Germain.

“Joe’s first duty in his new role has been to recruit his own replacement to anchor the six o’clock newscast.”

Starting on July 4, Paul Haysom will be making his return to CHEK News to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast.

Haysom started his news career at CHEK in 2007 as the sports anchor and reporter before moving over to Global News.

In his time at Global, he’s won multiple Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards, including in 2021 for his coverage of the Lytton wildfire. Now he’s ready to get back to his roots in Victoria with his wife, Nikki, and their dog, Fuller.

“I am very excited to rejoin the incredibly talented team at CHEK by making the move from breakfast to dinner as the 6 p.m. anchor. The chance to work with new and familiar faces on Vancouver Island is an opportunity I simply can’t pass up!” said Haysom.

READ MORE: Paul Haysom returns to CHEK News as new 6 p.m. anchor


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