CTVglobemedia shuffles execs

Changes follow takeover of Chum TV

TORONTO — Following its takeover of the specialty assets of Chum Television, Toronto-based broadcaster CTVglobemedia has given some of its top dogs meatier titles and thicker portfolios.

Former CTV prexy of programming and media group chair Susanne Boyce becomes prexy, creative, content and channels, responsible for creative for CTVglobemedia’s free-to-air, cable and digital platforms (excluding sports).

Rick Brace, previously prexy of the CTV network becomes prexy of revenue, business planning and sports, including CTVglobemedia’s Olympic coverage for the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler games.

Dawn Fell is upped from group VP of HR and corporate services to executive VP of HR and operations; Andre Serero moves from group VP to executive veep, legal and corporate secretary; Paul Sparkes moves from senior VP of corporate and public affairs to executive VP of corporate affairs; and Robin Fillingham gets to drop VP from his title to become CFO of CTVglobemedia.

The appointments are related to what the company terms “the redeployment of the television brands into strategic Channel Groups.”

Canadian regulators approved the takeover of the specialty assets of Chum Television in June.

“In today’s rapidly changing media environment, it is essential that Canadian broadcasters have the size and scale to compete so that Canadians will continue to have a strong voice,” said Ivan Fecan, prexy of CTVglobemedia and CEO of CTV Inc. “The team we now have in place ensures that CTVglobemedia can lead the way in achieving this goal and position us for continued success.”

No one was pink-slipped as a result of the shuffle announced Monday, although a rep acknowledged that staffers have moved on, “most of their own choice,” adding, “there’s been a lot of work and negotiation that’s gone on in the last couple of months.”