Sports Network gets new president

Stewart Johnston named to head company

TORONTO -- The top job at the Sports Network (TSN), the apparent path to the summit in Canadian TV, has been filled by Stewart Johnston.

Phil King, who until last week was president of TSN, Canada's cable sports channel, before becoming president of sports and executive vp of programming at the CTV network, promoted Johnston from vp of programming to president of TSN.

Another former TSN president, Keith Pelley, two weeks ago set in motion a management restructuring at CTV and the cable sports channel when he bolted the top-rated Canadian broadcaster to run rival Rogers Media.

Reporting to Stewart Johnston at TSN is Mark Milliere, who is promoted to senior vp of production, and Shawn Redmond, who becomes vp of programming.

Johnston will oversee TSN, its cable channel extension TSN2, the ESPN Classic and NHL Network cable channels, as well as the website.

TSN airs a raft of live sports programming via longstanding rights deals with the National Hockey League, the National Football league, the National Basketball Association and NASCAR.
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