Rogers lures Ski from Chum for radio unit


TORONTO -- Canadian cable giant Rogers Communications said Thursday that it has hired Paul Ski away from the rival Chum broadcast group to run its radio division as CEO.

Toronto-based Rogers said Ski will replace Gary Miles, who is retiring after building the cablers' radio division from two stations to 51 currently over a 20-year period.

Ski, who joined the Chum broadcast group in 1972, most recently was president of its radio division from November 2006, just as Chum was being acquired by CTVglobemedia as part of a $1.4 billion takeover deal.

Ski jumps to Rogers Broadcasting, the media division of Rogers Communications, just as the cablecaster also integrates five Chum over-the-air TV stations acquired from CTVglobemedia after its own takeover of Chum.

Rael Merson, Rogers Broadcasting president, said Ski's experience would help the Rogers radio stations as they continue to transition to a multiplatform, digital world.

His appointment also comes amid industry consolidation for Canadian radio stations. Rival broadcaster Astral Media recently acquired Standard Radio, Canada's largest private radio group, for $1.1 billion.