Powers out, Brownlee in at CTVglobemedia

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TORONTO -- Canada's CTVglobemedia on Monday replaced top communications adviser Mary Powers with longtime political handler Bonnie Brownlee. The broadcaster said that Powers is leaving to set up her own public relations firm, with CTVglobemedia as its lead client.

Powers joined CTVglobemedia in October 2006 soon after it took over her former employer, rival broadcaster Chum Ltd., as part of a CAN$1.4 billion ($1.32 billion) takeover.

Brownlee, a one-time press secretary for former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, comes on board as senior vp corporate communications.

Brownlee has been acting as an independent adviser to CTVglobemedia on strategic planning issues before her current appointment.

"Bonnie has provided expert strategic direction on a number of files spanning corporate, political and entertainment spheres both internationally and domestically. We look forward to her joining the company," senior vp corporate affairs Paul Sparkes said in a statement Monday.

Underlining the importance of government relations in a highly regulated Canadian broadcast industry, rival broadcaster CanWest Global Communications last year named Deb Hutton, a former senior adviser to Ontario premier Mike Harris, as its senior vp corporate communications.

Powers could not be reached for comment.
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