Casgrain will take over as CBC chair


TORONTO -- The Canadian government has named veteran business executive Timothy Casgrain the new chairman of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Casgrain, the Montreal-based chairman of aviation company Skyservice Investments, will replace Guy Fournier, who quit as the public broadcaster's chairman in September 2006 after making controversial comments on a TV talk show about bestiality and bowel movements.

"Mr. Casgrain's credentials will bring strong leadership to the CBC. I am confident that his experience and sound judgment will greatly benefit the CBC," Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda, who oversees the state broadcaster, said Friday.

The CBC depends on Ottawa for a large slice of its operating budget in addition to advertising revenue, so its chairmanship has traditionally been a political appointment.