Alliance Atlantis loses top new-media exec

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TORONTO -- Alliance Atlantis said Thursday that Claude Galipeau, its top new-media executive, will leave the recently acquired Canadian broadcaster Friday. Galipeau's exit as senior vp digital media comes on the same day Alliance Atlantis' video portal BlogTV.ca ends a six-month run for lack of usage (HR, 9/19).

Galipeau joined Alliance Atlantis in March 2006 after heading up the interactive media division at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the country's public broadcaster.

The closure of BlogTV was ordered by rival broadcaster CanWest Global Communications, which acquired Alliance Atlantis' 13 cable channel part of a CAN$2.3 billion ($1.99 billion) takeover with equity partner Goldman Sachs & Co.

Besides Galipeau's departure, killing BlogTV also led to the loss of one full-time position and contract and temporary employment positions at Alliance Atlantis.

Corporate reorganizations following recent mergers at rival Canadian broadcasters claimed jobs elsewhere this week.

The CTV network confirmed that Tecca Crosby, director of dramatic programming, had left the broadcaster in early September. A shuffle in CTV's program development and production division in September saw Bill Mustos fail to return to his post as senior vp dramatic programming after a yearlong sabbatical in France.

And still another broadcaster, Corus Entertainment, said Tuesday that it has eliminated 53 jobs after revamping its information technology, corporate and TV divisions.

Among its changes, Corus combined the interactive teams at its TV division and Nelvana, its cartoon production arm.
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