Observers not surprised by step down
TORONTO — Televisionary Moses Znaimer is ankling his executive posts at Chum Ltd. for good.
“After almost 32 years, it’s someone else’s turn. This is as far as I take it,” Znaimer wrote in a memo to staff, continuing, with typical understatement, “You could say there’s a kind of biblical inevitability about it. I guess it comes with the name.”
The announcement came as no surprise to many observers. Znaimer took a sabbatical leave in January, a few months after Allan Waters, Chum’s topper for 48 years, stepped down as chairman and prexy of the Toronto-based media company as part of a major executive shuffle and was replaced by longtime Chum exec Jay Switzer.
“Moses has been an integral part of the growth and success of Citytv and Chum Television for over 30 years,” Switzer said in a statement. “His innovative approach to the medium has shaped the distinctive style that Chum, and particularly Citytv, is known for in Canada and abroad. I’m proud to have worked with him for over 20 years and am delighted he has chosen to focus his talents and passion for television in a direction that keeps him with us.”
According to Chum Ltd., Znaimer is exiting his posts as VP corporate development at Chum Ltd. and prexy/executive producer at 17 of Chum’s TV stations, “to focus on distance education and lifelong learning.” He becomes director, chairman and executive producer of Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, a company owned 60% by Chum and 20% by Znaimer’s Olympus Management, which operates four specialty channels.
And in addition to providing ongoing advisory services to Chum, “Znaimer will continue with his notable personal projects, including the ideaCity Conference and the MZTV Museum of Television, both of which will continue to be sponsored by Chum.”
“I’m aiming to do a few things I’ve not done before, such as producing movies, maybe doing that book that everyone’s been urging me to write; even trying my hand at something completely different,” said Znaimer.