More Changes At Rogers

By TSM

Multiple sources told me that the replacement for Keith Pelley would be named by Rogers tomorrow. Several told me that the race to replace Pelley was a three horse neck and neck battle with internal Scott Moore being the first candidate with two external candidates being the other two.

A reliable source told me this morning in fact that winning candidate was a very senior female candidate. That rumour was repeated by two other sources, however in each instance I was asked not to divulge anything until tomorrow morning.

Good thing I didn’t 🙂

The new head honcho is Rick Brace (who is not female). Brace lists his current title on Linkedin as Current Chair of CTV Specialty Television and Media Advisor. Chair of MuchFact.

The Ryerson website lists the following information about Brace:

“As President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, Rick Brace oversees the development, commissioning and scheduling strategies for the company’s specialty channels, including Discovery Channel, MuchMusic, MTV, The Comedy Network, E!, SPACE, and Bravo!. Brace also presides over the strategy and development of all CTV original productions.

From 2001 to 2007, Brace served as President of CTV Inc. Brace also served as President of CTV Specialty Television Inc. From 1998 to 2000, Brace was President of TSN, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the all-sports network, where his experience, insight and leadership helped TSN emerge as Canada’s most-watched specialty service. Brace began his broadcasting career in 1975 as a technician with CBC and was part of the network’s 1976 Olympic Games coverage. Brace joined CBC Sports in 1980 where he produced and directed the weekly program Sportsweekend, CFL games, Formula 1 races and the 1984 Olympic Games.”

It’s a fascinating development to see a long time CTV’er flip sides and join, “the enemy” Rogers.

It will be fascinating to see what changes Brace makes both on the media side (sportsnet properties), the NHL broadcast side and then on the sports ownership side (100% of the Blue Jays & 37.5% of Leafs/Raptors etc).

Will this lead to improved relations with partner/enemy Bell or worse?

These are crazy times in the media world. What does this mean in a world where, according to the Globe and Mail:

“But in its most recent quarter, Rogers Media posted an operating loss of $32-million on revenue of $464-million – though Rogers cited a seasonal cycle in hockey-related expenses and revenues as a factor – as television viewership continues to shift online and media of all types struggle with declining ad revenues.”

Happy hump day!

TSM

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