Moore to head CBC sports unit

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TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Thursday named former cable sports channel production head Scott Moore the new executive director of CBC sports.

Moore had been head of his own independent production company in Vancouver since leaving his job as head of production at Rogers SportsNet, the cable sports channel, four years ago.

Moore replaces Nancy Lee , who vacated the top CBC sports job in the fall.

"As a Gemini and Emmy award-winning producer with an international reputation for innovative sports production, Scott has a wealth of knowledge and experience which will provide a tremendous benefit to the CBC," Richard Stursberg, executive vp of CBC Television, said in a statement.

While running Top Notch Studios in Vancouver, Moore was involved in the CBC's Athens and Torino Olympic Games coverage, as well as a host of other international events.

Moore joins the public broadcaster a year after the CBC lost the rights to the Olympic Games. Rival network CTV will begin broadcasting the Olympics beginning with the Vancouver winter games in 2010.

The CBC and CTV also are in negotiations to renew broadcast contracts with the National Hockey League, with the public broadcaster eager to retain the rights to its staple Saturday night "Hockey Night in Canada" telecasts.
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