TORONTO, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada announced today that Kirstine
Stewart, since August 2010 the interim executive vice-president of CBC,
has been appointed to the position, responsible for the national public
broadcaster's English Services. The change is effective immediately.
"The broadcasting landscape continues to change rapidly. CBC has before
it an opportunity to deepen its relationship and engage with Canadians
in new ways. Kirstine Stewart is just the person to lead CBC into that
future," says Hubert T. Lacroix, president and chief executive officer
of CBC/Radio-Canada. "Kirstine has helped drive a renewal of the
organization through one of the most challenging periods in its
history. Hers has been a remarkable career and she is the clear choice
for this important role. She has demonstrated during her period as
interim executive vice-president that she is more than up to the
challenges and responsibilities of the job and is recognized in the
industry as one of the country's leading broadcast executives. She also
has a well-established reputation as a builder of relationships and
partnerships, which are vital to the future of Canada's national public
"I feel it is a privilege to lead an organization that has such an
important place in the hearts and minds of people across this country.
Canadians have always expected that their public broadcaster reflect,
engage and inspire them, and by increasing CBC's commitment to Canadian
content, we will recognize and respect this country's unique
attributes. We will work hard to connect Canadians and facilitate
conversations both national and local by expanding our coverage on new
platforms and to new places. CBC will define contemporary public
broadcasting and continue to play a vital role in the cultural life of
this country," says Stewart.
CBC on its various platforms is experiencing significant success with
Canadian audiences. Its combined radio market share of 14.7 percent is
a historic high level. Its television share has grown from 6.7 percent
to a high of 9.3 percent over the past five years, making it the only
conventional Canadian network whose audience share has grown
consistently in recent years. Its digital platform CBC.ca is among the
country's most popular online information sites, attracting millions of
visits per month. CBC News continues as one of the most respected and
authoritative news organizations in the world.
Prior to her current role, Stewart was general manager of CBC Television
beginning in April 2006. She was senior vice-president of programming
at Alliance Atlantis, 2003-06. She is a member of the Forum of Young
Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum. She was
named Woman of the Year, 2010 by Canadian Women In Communications and
was selected as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100 for 2007 by
the Women's Executive Network. In 2006, she was one of Canada's Top 40
Under 40 and was recognized by Marketing Magazine when it named CBC as
Media Player of the Year 2009.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in
the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer
diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight
Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.
In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians
and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of
Kirstine Stewart biographical details:
Kirstine Stewart, appointed in January 2011 as Executive Vice-President of CBC English Services, oversees its national operations, approximately 5,000 employees and a
$785 million budget covering multiple media platforms across the
Since coming to the CBC in 2006 as General Manager, Television, Kirstine has re-established the CBC as a leader in Canadian-made
television programming and broadcasting by commissioning the greatest
number of Canadian content hours the CBC has ever had in prime time,
including many breakout Canadian hits. Kirstine was integral to CBC's
move from last place to first in just two years, in Canadian
programming watched by audience. She has also developed broadband and
mobile content strategies and increased CBC's presence in regional
markets across the country.
Kirstine's deep and broad industry experience spans the country and the
continent. Prior to joining CBC she was Senior Vice-President, Programming, Alliance Atlantis . There she was responsible for the programming and management of
eight channels, including BBC Canada, National Geographic Canada and
Home and Garden Television.
As Senior Vice-President, Programming, Hallmark Entertainment, Kirstine oversaw the programming of 17 international broadcast channels
watched by more than 50 million people worldwide, managed a programming
budget of US$300 million and a staff of 750 in New York, Los Angeles,
Denver, Hong Kong, London and Australia.
She has also been General Manager and Vice-President, Programming Trio / Newsworld
International where she was responsible for the programming of Trio, and of Newsworld
International, distributed to 30 million homes in the US.
Her career in the industry began as President, Distribution, for Paragon International. Kirstine is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum. She was named Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) 2010 Woman of the Year, has been recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2006 was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. Marketing Magazine has also recognized Kirstine's role in naming CBC Media Player of the Year, 2009.
She is a founding boardmember of Culture Days, sits on the Banff Television and Film Festival Board and on the boards of White Knights and Amfar. Kirstine is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Global
Leadership in the 21stCentury program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
For further information:
Jeff Keay, CBC media relations, 416 205 3987, email@example.com