Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Globe's James Bradshaw ties up all the Bell media reshufles and departures

The Globe and Mail's James Bradshaw writes:
"A sweeping restructuring of Bell Media’s senior ranks continued Wednesday with the arrival of a new deputy to its sales arm and the departure of six senior managers with decades of combined experience at the company.
"Bell, which is owned by BCE Inc., brought in new blood by hiring Mark Finney as its vice-president, strategic sales. He previously worked at The Guardian newspaper and for Star Media Group at Torstar Corp., where he oversaw sales and helped prepare the Toronto Star’s forthcoming tablet app, Star Touch.
 "A changing of the guard was also evident in the departures of two senior vice-presidents and three vice-presidents, as well as Discovery Channel president and general manager Paul Lewis, who had been with the network since 1994.
"The changes are the second wave of a reshuffling in Bell Media’s management, driven by president Mary Ann Turcke, who took the helm in April. As the company tries to respond to an array of pressures eating into revenues across the media landscape, it is looking to get leaner and smooth the lines of authority that had grown complicated owing to mergers, such as the acquisition of Astral Media in 2013."
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