SBD/November 10, 2010/Media

Scott Moore Leaving CBC To Manage All Of Rogers' TV Properties

CBC Sports Exec Dir and CBC Revenue Group GM Scott Moore yesterday revealed that he is leaving the network, and he reportedly "will move to Rogers to work for" Rogers Media President Keith Pelley as the "person in charge of all Rogers TV properties -- including Sportsnet, CITY TV and its specialty channels," according to sources cited by Bruce Dowbiggin of the GLOBE & MAIL. The news is a "major shock for CBC as it gears up to make its bids for the next Olympic TV cycle and then to retain its portion of the NHL broadcast contract in Canada." Moore is "highly regarded in the industry, and CBC will need to find someone quickly with credibility to handle those crucial bid processes." Moore also was "in the process of evolving 'Hockey Night in Canada's' role at the CBC," and "how his departure changes that is unclear." Sources said that a "combination of factors might have influenced his move." Moore was "recently passed over for the presidency of CBC in favour of Kirstine Stewart," and the CTV/Rogers Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium "has announced it's coming back to bid for the 2014/2016, making a CBC bid to get back into the Olympic game very problematic." Also, the CBC's NHL package is "being targeted by a possible Rogers and/or TSN tag team on the next negotiations." Dowbiggin reports the CBC "has announced that responsibility for CBC Sports is being assumed on an interim basis by senior director David Masse," while Jack Tomik "will lead the CBC Revenue Group, responsible for marketing, sales and business development." Meanwhile, Rogers Sportsnet President Doug Beeforth yesterday announced that he is "leaving the network at the end of this year" (GLOBESPORTS.com, 11/9).

PELLEY'S BIG MOVE: In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich profiled Pelley, the former Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium President. When Pelley "walked away from the top job at the CTV-Rogers Olympic consortium three months ago, the shock waves went off the Richter scale at CTV," as he "had spent 16 years at CTV-owned TSN and many assumed he was in line to replace" CTV CEO Ivan Fecan. While none of Pelley's former TSN colleagues would comment on his latest move, "all are watching to see if the guy who's become one of the best fixers in the sports and media business can patch things up with outraged Toronto Blue Jays fans still smarting over the launch of Sportsnet One." Pelley is "thrilled about the prospect of overseeing an improving Blue Jays team, wants to promote the team across Rogers' many platforms and sees the Buffalo Bills series growing to include participation by the Argos and Toronto's university teams." He is "promising even more Jays coverage in the future as Sportsnet One grows, including magazine shows and spring training coverage" (TORONTO STAR, 11/7).

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