TORONTO – Arthur Weinthal, programming veepee of the CTV Television Network, is retiring March 5 after 35 years at the Toronto-based national web, triggering a management shuffle that alters the responsibilities of more than a half dozen senior managers.
But Weinthal isn’t leaving town. He has accepted a one-year contract as group vice president and creative director in charge of CTV’s on-air image and its new specialty channels.
“Arthur’s wealth of knowledge, not only about programming but also about every area involved in presenting an outstanding program service to Canadian viewers, is a valuable asset to CTV,” Cassaday said.
Gary Maavara, who spent eight years acquiring sports rights for the network, takes over the job of program acquisitions and scheduling as group vice president of programming, chief legal counsel and president of CTV’s recently licensed sports and specials pay-per-view channel. Early in his career, he worked for the Boston CBS affiliate, WNAC-TV.
Eric Morrison, who has been vice president of news since 1992, adds group vice president for development to his mandate. He has been credited with boosting viewership for CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM and W5. One of his tasks will be expanding the news operation into new media.
Henry Kowalski, a former CTV on-air reporter and chief editor of CTV News, becomes vice president and general manager of news.
Kathie Shearer has been named group vice president of marketing and sales, and will direct market research activities and lead CTV’s sales strategy. Rita Fabian moves to vice president of network sales, responsible for both the network and the new N1 headline news service to be launched later this year.