Top CBC Creative Exec Christine Wilson to Depart

12:30 PM PST 02/24/2014 by Etan Vlessing

The executive director of content will leave on March 31, 2014, after 30 years with the pubcaster, to take up a new post in the private sector.

TORONTO -- Christine Wilson is headed to the exit at the CBC.

The exec is leaving after 30 years with the pubcaster, most recently serving as executive director of content, and will depart on March 31, 2014.

An internal memo issued Monday at the CBC indicated Wilson will move into the private sector, without specifying where she will land.

"This is a pivotal time for the media business, with audiences moving to the forefront and redrawing the future of all of it," Wilson said in a statement on news of her departure.

"I'm so excited to continue to be part of such a dynamic and robust industry," she added.

The CBC on Sunday concluded its exclusive Canadian coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics, and is likely now headed into a round of cost-cutting brought about by government cuts and the loss of NHL hockey revenue starting in late 2014.

Wilson also joins other top CBC execs who have recently entered the private sector, including Julie Bristow, who launched indie producer Bristow Global Media to make traditional and new media content, and Kirstine Stewart, who joined Twitter Canada.

During her career with the CBC, Wilson produced radio shows, was head of audience research and strategic planning and more recently served as executive director of network programming before becoming executive director of content in 2011.

Michael Serafini will step up to assume added duties as Wilson prepares to leave the CBC.

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