Canwest names interim broadcast chief

Peter Viner comes out of retirement for post

Peter Viner is the new president of Canwest Global Communications' broadcasting division. At least for now.

The 25-year veteran of the Canadian broadcaster is coming out of retirement to take over as the company's interim president. He will hold the post until a successor is found for Kathy Dore, who announced in August that she would depart when her contract expired in December.

"We are continuing discussions with a list of possible successors," Canwest CEO Leonard Asper said Tuesday. "In the meantime, Peter will be able to seamlessly take over until our search is concluded."

Over the next weeks, Viner will work through the transition process with Dore and the company's leadership, while also maintaining oversight of Canwest's normal day-to-day business, including the filing of its license renewals.

"I look forward to working with the broadcast team to continue the work to transform the business and address some of the challenges facing conventional television," said Viner, who has held a number of senior executive roles with the company over the years.

Dore has been with Canwest since October 2004, when she moved over from New York-based Rainbow Media Holdings.