TORONTO, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) announces today that Mario Cecchini is joining the organization on September 2, 2013 to oversee Corus' radio and conventional television stations in Eastern Ontario. In addition, pending Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approval of Corus' agreement announced March 4, 2013, Mario will also be responsible for the Québec specialty television assets and Ottawa radio stations to be acquired from Bell/Astral.
With this appointment, Mario will oversee: CHEX TV, 100.5 KRUZ-FM and THE WOLF 101.5 in Peterborough; Channel 12 Durham; CKWS TV, CKWS-FM and FM96 in Kingston; Variety 104.5 and 101.9 CJSS-FM in Cornwall; and subject to regulatory approval, two Ottawa radio stations, CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM and the Québec specialty television services TÉLÉTOON, TÉLÉTOON Rétro, Historia and Séries+.
"We are very pleased that Mario is joining Corus Entertainment," said John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment. "Mario is a seasoned media executive with extensive experience in the Québec market as well as in the Canadian broadcast sector in general. We look forward to his expertise and leadership in this role as we prepare to enter the Québec specialty television market, pending regulatory approval."
Upon approval of Corus' acquisition of the Québec specialty services, Corus will establish an office in Montréal under Mario's leadership to ensure that the channels continue to serve the needs and preferences of their viewers.
Mario was, until today, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Astral Radio, a division of Astral Media. Previously, he was Vice President of Corus Québec with responsibility for Corus' Québec radio holdings. Additional senior management positions that Mario has held include President and Chief Operating Officer of Zoom Media, and Executive Vice President at Telemedia Radio Ontario.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Cosmopolitan TV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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