March 9, 2004
A Message From the Executive Vice-President of CBC Television
At the meeting of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors earlier today,
and a subsequent meeting of CBC Television Senior Management Team, I laid out
my personal career plans for the future, which I had previously discussed with
the President. I would now like to share them with you.
I intend to honour my commitment to the President to continue as
Executive Vice-President of CBC Television until the end of the calendar year.
After that, I intend to retire from CBC/Radio-Canada and launch a new career.
I hope to combine my broadcasting experience with my desire to assist
with the spread of a strong civil society in emerging democracies. I
passionately believe that mass communications can and should play a role in
strengthening economic development, peace and security, and good governance in
developing countries, and I will be seeking opportunities to make that vision
The President is launching a search for my successor, and I will have a
role in that process. We are starting now, in order to ensure ample time for
an orderly transition.
Let me assure you that I will be working full tilt on my responsibilities
with CBC Television until the day I leave. Those of you who know me well would
expect nothing less. That means that I will continue to be accountable, with
the rest of our team, for the design and launch of next season's schedule. We
will be working hard to consolidate the audience gains we're making this
season, and offering Canadians distinctive, high-impact programming of the
kind that only the national public broadcaster can offer. At the same time, we
will have to confront and resolve some difficult financial challenges in the
It will be "business as usual" on many other fronts, too, from the next
Olympics bid to the negotiation of new collective agreements.
I will also continue to push hard to entrench the principles of CBC
Television transformation throughout the service. And I will continue to
champion such important causes as news integration, content management,
cultural diversity and greater understanding and use of the CBC Television
brand. I want to see further concrete progress on these initiatives that are
so important to our future, and from which there can be no turning back.
For over 30 years, all of my working time and energy has been dedicated
to the CBC. I don't expect that to change one bit during my last year here.
Closer to the time of my departure, I will have more to say. For now, I
would like to express my deep, personal gratitude to every one of you for your
outstanding contribution towards the goal of rebuilding CBC Television as
Canada's own national public television service.