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CANADA

Bob Culbert, a CBC veteran of nearly 30 years, has been appointed commissioner of documentaries at CTV.

Culbert, who left the CBC last fall, will oversee documentary programming for the Toronto-based network and its affiliates and specialty channels.

A well-respected TV executive with extensive documentary experience, Culbert’s appointment is in keeping with CTV’s plan to put more emphasis on documentary programming.

ASIA

In a move to dramatically expand its presence in the Asian region, Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV has tapped Altaf Alimohamed as executive vice president, business development.

Alimohamed will help develop new business initiatives and move forward development strategies and distribution of channels throughout the region, said Gareth CC Chang, chairman and CEO of Star TV in making the announcement Jan. 5.

Alimohamed will report to Bruce Churchill, Deputy CEO of Star TV.

Prior to joining Star TV from Pan Asian Systems in 1994, Alimohamed had more than a decade of satellite and cable television experience, having written extensively on cable system design.

MEXICO

Televisa will bow Cartoon Network original programming, beginning Jan 10.

Televisa’s channel 5, which is kid- oriented and features purchased programs almost exclusively, will air a half-hour block of shows weekdays, including cartoons like “The Powerpuff Girls.”

Cartoon Network Latam said the deal will expand its audience in Mexico, where the penetration of cable and other pay-TV is low.

Televisa has a similar agreement with Nickelodeon Latin America.

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