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In the latest sign of musical chairs among Canadian broadcast execs, former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. sports boss Scott Moore has landed at Rogers Media as president of broadcasting.
A day after he bolted the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, Moore surfaced at Rogers Media, a division of cable and mobile giant Rogers Communications, to oversee its TV networks Sportsnet, CityTV and OMNI, and its radio stations.
The hire was made by Keith Pelley, the newly-installed president of Rogers Media.
Pelley, who came over in August from rival CTV to run Rogers Media, also promoted long-time Rogers exec Leslie Sole to oversee the broadcaster’s content creation.
Sole grew Rogers Media from one multicultural TV station in 1986 to now running five Citytv TV stations, which feature mostly U.S. network series in primetime, five OMNI-branded multicultural TV stations and another three cable channels.
Moore, who joined the CBC in 2007 to run its TV sports division, will now oversee Rogers’ cable sports channel Sportsnet, which goes head-to-head in competition with rival cable sports channel TSN, a division of CTV.
Moore’s departure is the latest at the CBC after Richard Stursberg in August was fired as head of the public broadcaster’s English Services.
The CBC is currently searching for Stursberg’s replacement.
The public broadcaster in recent years has also steadily lost key TV sport properties, including the Canadian rights to the Olympics, to rival CTV.
Both Sportsnet and TSN are expected to compete against the CBC for the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, and the CBC’s NHL broadcasting rights, which next come up for negotiation in 2014.
Also at the top of Canadian broadcasting, the former Canwest Global Communications Corp. was recently acquired by cable giant Shaw
Communications and renamed Shaw Media, with Paul Robertson installed as the new president.
And Kevin Crull, most recently president of Bell Residential Services at phone giant BCE Inc., has been hired as COO of CTV, ahead of replacing Ivan Fecan as head of the national TV network once a deal for its takeover receives regulatory approval.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster