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CBC taps Heather Conway as EVP English Services

The veteran PR and public affairs exec, most recently chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, replaces Kirstine Stewart at the Canadian public broadcaster.
September 26, 2013

The CBC has picked Heather Conway, a veteran PR and public affairs exec, to replace Kirstine Stewart and run its TV, radio and online services.

A CBC spokesperson on Thursday morning confirmed to realscreen sister publication Playback that Conway will be named the new EVP of English services.

The former CEO of Edelman Canada was also a marketing and public affairs exec for six years at Alliance Atlantis Communications before it was acquired by CanWest Global Communications Corp. in 2007.

Her other executive stints include six years at the TD Bank and most recently as chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario since September 2011, where Conway was charged with squeezing more revenue from the gift shop and restaurants of the budget-challenged institution.

Those biz-dev skills will be called on at the CBC, which has been looking for a new programming topper since the end of April when Stewart departed to become the head of Twitter Canada.

The federal government last year imposed a $115 million budget chop over three years on the pubcaster, resulting in job and programming cuts and more re-runs as part of the English-language TV lineup.

From Playback Daily. With files from Danielle Ng See Quan

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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