Sun-Times Cruickshank to head CBC news ops


TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Wednesday named Chicago Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank head of its nationwide news-gathering operations, replacing the outgoing Tony Burman.

Cruickshank, a veteran Canadian print journalist who joined the Chicago Sun-Times Media Group in 2000, will take the newly created title of publisher of CBC News.

His appointment follows Burman's July exit as editor-in-chief of CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld. It also comes as the public broadcasters' news-gathering division leaps into the multiplatform age.

Giving Cruickshank the publisher title is aimed at putting the public broadcaster's news-gathering operations, whether at CBC Television, CBC Radio or CBC News Online, firmly in his control.

Cruickshank's tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times coincided with former Canadian media baron Conrad Black's time as CEO of parent Hollinger International. In 2003, Black was forced to leave his post at Hollinger International and, in July, he was found guilty in a Chicago courtroom of obstruction and fraud charges.

Prior to joining the Chicago Sun-Times, Cruickshank was editor of the Vancouver Sun, and earlier worked at the Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette and the Kingston Whig-Standard newspapers.

He joins the CBC as it continues to integrate its news operations as well as add more user-generated content and interactivity to its presentation as part of its MyCBC initiative.

Cruickshank's appointment was announced by Richard Stursberg, executive vp of CBC Television, and Jane Chalmers, vp of CBC Radio.

"I am thrilled to join one of the best news teams in the world," Cruickshank said. "I think CBC News is uniquely positioned to build on its role as facilitator of a national discussion; to continue to set the standard and to raise the bar for journalistic discourse in the country."