CBC/Radio-Canada announced today that Kirstine Stewart, since August 2010 the interim Executive Vice-President of English Services, has been appointed to the position, responsible for the national public broadcaster’s English Services. The change is effective immediately.
“The broadcasting landscape continues to change rapidly. CBC has before it an opportunity to deepen its relationship and engage with Canadians in new ways. Kirstine Stewart is just the person to lead CBC into that future,” says Hubert T. Lacroix, president and chief executive officer of CBC/Radio-Canada. “Kirstine has helped drive a renewal of the organization through one of the most challenging periods in its history. Hers has been a remarkable career and she is the clear choice for this important role. She has demonstrated during her period as interim executive vice-president that she is more than up to the challenges and responsibilities of the job and is recognized in the industry as one of the country’s leading broadcast executives. She also has a well-established reputation as a builder of relationships and partnerships, which are vital to the future of Canada’s national public broadcaster.”
"I feel it is a privilege to lead an organization that has such an important place in the hearts and minds of people across this country. Canadians have always expected that their public broadcaster reflect, engage and inspire them, and by increasing CBC's commitment to Canadian content, we will recognize and respect this country's unique attributes. We will work hard to connect Canadians and facilitate conversations both national and local by expanding our coverage on new platforms and to new places. CBC will define contemporary public broadcasting and continue to play a vital role in the cultural life of this country," says Stewart.
CBC on its various platforms is experiencing significant success with Canadian audiences. Its combined radio market share of 14.7 percent is a historic high level. Its television share has grown from 6.7 percent to a high of 9.3 percent over the past five years, making it the only conventional Canadian network whose audience share has grown consistently in recent years. Its digital platform CBC.ca is among the country’s most popular online information sites, attracting millions of visits per month. CBC News continues as one of the most respected and authoritative news organizations in the world.
Prior to her current role, Stewart was general manager of CBC Television beginning in April 2006. She was senior vice-president of programming at Alliance Atlantis, 2003—06. She is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, selected to advise the World Economic Forum. She was named Woman of the Year, 2010 by Canadian Women In Communications and was selected as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 for 2007 by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2006, she was one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and was recognized by Marketing Magazine when it named CBC as Media Player of the Year 2009.
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, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.