Dini Petty

Canadian Broadcast Icon




Dini Petty is a Canadian broadcast icon. She became a household name in the Greater Toronto Area in the 1970s, when she became the first woman in the world to fly a helicopter while simultaneously broadcasting traffic reports for radio station CKEY. Dini moved into television to join the original and groundbreaking CITY TV news team. Dini won awards for her documentary work, which she wrote, produced and hosted for the now-global powerhouse media company.

While continuing to anchor the news, Dini helped develop and hosted Cityline, a still-popular lifestyle show. In 1990 a national platform enticed Dini to the CTV network, where The Dini Petty Show would begin an 11-year reign as a highly-rated national talk show. It remains the longest running talk show in Canadian television history.

Dini is the recipient of six Can Pro Awards for television excellence, four Gemini award nominations, the American NTPH International Award for best international program and has received many other recognitions over four decades of public service. She's even had a tulip named her - The Triumph Tulip.

Dini is a successful writer and poet, and though she makes success look easy, she has had her share of struggles - which she shares with her audiences in a realistic, no holds barred way. Her presentations engage men and women, with a combination of intelligence, authenticity and a finely honed sense of humor.