Dini Petty

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Dini Petty
Born 15 January 1945
Occupation Author, TV & Radio Host
Genre Children's Literature

Dini Petty (born January 15, 1945 in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England) is a Canadian television and radio host. At 22, wearing a trademark pink jumpsuit and working for Toronto radio station CKEY, she became the first female traffic reporter to pilot her own helicopter. She clocked 5,000 hours as pilot-in-command of a Hughes 300.

Later, at Citytv Toronto, she worked as a writer, reporter and co-anchor, with Gord Martineau, of evening newscast CityPulse at 6. There she hosted an afternoon program, Sweet City Woman. Petty also anchored CITY-TV's short-lived 5:30 p.m. news and current affairs program CityWide from May 1987 until 1989 when she left for CFTO-TV.

Personal Life[edit]

In 1980, a documentary camera followed her pregnancy and the birth of her son Nicholas.

On Citytv's daily talk show CityLine, Petty established herself as one of Canada's foremost television talk show hosts.[1] She left her news anchor position to concentrate on CityLine.

In 1989, Petty moved to CFTO and the Baton Broadcasting System. Her hour-long general interest talk show, The Dini Petty Show, aired until 2001.

In the 2000s, Petty hosted Weekends with Dini Petty, a syndicated weekly radio program focused on health and wellness for baby boomers. Sheila Copps succeeded her as host of Weekends.

Petty has written a children's book, The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee.

In August and September 2010, Petty will be returning to guest-host several episodes of Cityline while current host, Tracy Moore, is on maternity leave.


  1. ^ Cronenberg, David; Irwin, Mark (Spring/Winter 2004). David Cronenberg/Mark Irwin Commentary [Videdrome DVD; Audio Track 2]. Criterion Collection. Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Canada.

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