CTV (& TSN) Sports President Phil King Leaving Bell Media

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by JAMES BRADSHAW, MEDIA REPORTER, The Globe and Mail

Phil King, the head of programming for the CTV network and a long-time TSN executive, is departing from Bell Media as part of a reshuffling in the company’s senior ranks.

Since 2010, Mr. King had been president of CTV and sports programming for Bell, one of the most prominent jobs in Canadian media. He later added entertainment to his portfolio, and was in charge of shopping for shows to fill CTV’s prime time lineups, with oversight of TSN as well.

Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke announced Mr. King’s departure as part of a larger reorganization in a note to staff on Monday. Also leaving Bell Media are Chris Gordon, the president of radio and local TV; Adam Ashton, the senior vice-president of English TV and business operations; and Charles Benoît, a former Astral Radio executive who most recently Bell’s president of TV and radio in Quebec.

The departures continue a shakeup in the senior ranks at Bell Media, and put Ms. Turcke’s stamp on the division, which operates under parent company BCE Inc. In April, the company dismissed the company’s previous president, Kevin Crull, three weeks after The Globe and Mail reported that he had tried to intervene in news coverage of an important regulatory decision for the television industry. Ms. Turcke, an engineer who had led Bell Media’s sales and its local TV and radio division, succeeded Mr. Crull.

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