Dini Petty

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Dini Petty
Born 15 January 1945
Occupation Helicopter Pilot, TV & Radio Host, Author
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.

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 1999.

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.

In August and September 2010, Petty returned to guest-host several episodes of Cityline while host, Tracy Moore, was on maternity leave.

Personal life[edit]

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


Petty has written a children's book, The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee, published in 2000.[2] Joanne Findon (professor of English literature at Trent University, Ontario)[3] described the book as "a charming fable about the value of being yourself and recognizing your own strengths."[4] Publishers Weekly was less flattering: "Despite a bumblebee protagonist, there's little to buzz about in this didactic picture book."[5]


  1. ^ Cronenberg, David; Irwin, Mark (Spring/Winter 2004). David Cronenberg/Mark Irwin Commentary [Videdrome DVD; Audio Track 2]. Criterion Collection. Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  2. ^ "The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee (First Edition)". www.isbns.net. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "English M.A. (Public Texts) Faculty". www.trentu.ca. Trent University. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Reviews: The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee". www.quillandquire.com. Quill and Quire. December 2000. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 

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