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 broadcaster."  

"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 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.  

About CBC/Radio-Canada
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 Canada.    

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 country.  

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.  

SOURCE CBC/Radio-Canada

For further information:

Jeff Keay, CBC media relations, 416 205 3987,


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