Glenn O'Farrell takes over reins at TFO

Replaces Claudette Paquin of Ontario's public broadcaster

TORONTO -- Veteran Canadian TV exec Glenn O'Farrell has taken over the reins at TFO, Ontario's public French-language broadcaster.

 O'Farrell becomes president and CEO of TFO, replacing Claudette Paquin, soon after losing a regulatory bid to convert local avails on U.S services like A&E and CNN into Canadian commercials through his Toronto-based shingle, Media de Novo.

 The CRTC said no to OFarrell and crew selling ad time on U.S. cable channels' local avails and, as a spin-off, directing an estimated $285 million over seven years into the production of Canadian shows.

O'Farrells other previous local gigs include heading up the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, representing major private broadcasters, for seven years up to 2009, and before that serving as a senior exec at CanWest Global Communications Corp.
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