CBC/Radio-Canada Announces Departure of Richard Stursberg

OTTAWA, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Hubert T. Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, announced today the departure of Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president, English services, from CBC/Radio-Canada effective today.

"When Richard was appointed executive vice-president of CBC Television six years ago," said Mr. Lacroix, "he brought with him a revolution that shook the foundation of the organization and eventually of the whole of our English services. He challenged every premise, attacked conventional wisdom, and uprooted whole parts of the internal culture. Six years later, the institution is better off than it was. I want to acknowledge his success in turning CBC Television around and thank him for his contribution."

"We are in the midst of developing a new strategic plan that will guide CBC/Radio-Canada through the next five years. This is the opportune time to bring new leadership to English Services and to ensure alignment of the senior team on the future of the public broadcaster."

Kirstine Stewart, general manager, CBC Television, will take on the position of executive vice-president, English services, on an interim basis. As the architect of CBC Television's current programming success and Richard Stursberg's official delegate for the past few years, and with the support of a talented team, she's well placed to ensure that CBC maintains the considerable momentum it currently enjoys.

A comprehensive internal and external recruitment process will be launched immediately.

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.

SOURCE CBC/Radio-Canada

For further information: For further information: Bill Chambers, Vice-President, Brand, Communications and Corporate Affairs, CBC/Radio-Canada, 613-288-6181, bill.chambers@cbc.ca

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