TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Kathy Dore, President of Canwest Broadcasting,
announced today the new senior organizational structure for the company. This
announcement follows last week's CRTC approval of Canwest's acquisition of the
broadcasting assets of Alliance Atlantis.
"This is an important day in the history of Canwest Broadcasting," said
Ms. Dore. "We have assembled a team of the industry's most talented and
experienced leaders to take the company to bold new heights. The combined
assets of Canwest and Alliance Atlantis will reinforce our position as a
leader in Canadian Broadcasting, and the combined expertise of the people will
ensure our success."
The following Executives will be reporting directly to Ms. Dore:
- Andrew Akman, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Chief Administrative
Officer, will continue to be responsible for strategic planning,
business development and the integration of the Alliance Atlantis and
Canwest broadcasting businesses. Mr. Akman will also oversee Human
Resources operations and policy, Information Technology, as well as
Facilities & Administration at 121 Bloor Street.
- Charlotte Bell, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, will lead
and oversee the company's regulatory strategies and implementation,
including compliance, policy, all aspects of the licensing process and
liaising with appropriate regulatory/government agencies and
- Errol Da-Ré, Executive Vice President, Sales will lead the Canwest
conventional and specialty television sales teams, including the
Marketing Ventures, Strategic Research, Digital Media and Revenue &
Inventory Management teams.
- Michael French, Chief Financial Officer, will lead the finance team
for the combined Broadcasting business. Mr. French will oversee
internal and external financial and performance reporting, as well as
all budgeting, forecasting, business analysis and support and cash
- Walter Levitt, Chief Marketing Officer, will lead brand strategy,
promotion and publicity for the combined Broadcasting business. Mr.
Levitt will also oversee content distribution and co-marketing with
cable and satellite companies.
- David McCauley, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, will have a
dual report and will continue to oversee human resources strategy and
operations in the Broadcasting Division. Mr. McCauley will report to
Kathy Dore on succession planning, talent management, and performance
evaluation, and to Andrew Akman on human resources policy and
- Christine McGinley, Senior Vice President, Operations, will oversee
the operations of the fifteen Global and E! stations across the
country, as well as On-Air, Engineering and Technical services for the
combined Broadcasting business.
- Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, will oversee the
acquisition, production and scheduling of content for all Canwest
Broadcasting conventional networks, specialty channels and digital
- Steve Wyatt, Senior Vice President, News and Information, will have a
dual report and will continue to oversee editorial and operations for
all Global and E! news rooms across the country, including Global
National. Mr. Wyatt will report to Kathy Dore on editorial policy and
technology and to Barbara Williams on content production and
About Canwest Broadcasting:
Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and twenty-one of the country's most popular
specialty channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel,
Showcase, Slice(TM) and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a division of
Canwest Media Inc.
About Canwest Media Inc.
Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information:
For further information: on Canwest Broadcasting, please contact:
Deborah Lewis, Vice President, Communications, Canwest Broadcasting, (416)