Bob Culbert returns to CBC
'Nature of Things' exec producer replaces Michael AllderTORONTO -- The management upheaval at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. continued Monday with Bob Culbert returning to the public broadcaster as executive producer of "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki," replacing Michael Allder.
Culbert, who started his career at CBC as a journalist and worked his way up to executive director of CBC-TV news and current affairs, left the network in 1999 as part of an earlier management shuffle, only to land at rival CTV as vp of documentaries.
Culbert now takes charge of "The Nature of Things," a nature series at the CBC now in its 50th year on air, soon after Richard Stursberg was fired as head of English language TV and the search goes on for his permanent replacement.
Allder, who executive produced the David Suzuki-hosted series for 14 years, will move over to become executive producer of special projects at the CBC.
Culbert's return to the CBC also follows Phyllis Platt, the architect of the CBC's 1990s primetime schedule, this summer returning to the public broadcaster to replace creative topper Sally Catto during her upcoming maternity leave.
The CBC signaled a strategic shift in direction after network president and CEO Hubert Lacroix this summer fired Stursberg and installed Kirstine Stewart, general manager of CBC Television, as interim head until Stursberg's replacement is found.
And the new regime at the CBC earlier began to take shape when Fred Fuchs left as executive director of arts and entertainment to return to indie production, and Jenny Hacker replaced Anton Leo as creative head of comedy.