The Banff World Media Festival today announced that several of the most influential Canadian media executives will be uniting for a feature panel to kick-off the conference on June 10. Shaw Media President Paul Robertson, Bell Media President Kevin W. Crull, Rogers Media President Keith Pelley, and CBC Executive Vice-President Kirstine Stewart will accompany one-another for a panel discussion on Sunday, June 10 to speak about several key issues facing the Canadian media industry today.
The participating executives will provide their unique insights about topics such as the impact of further consolidation and vertical integration within key segments of the media industry, as well as how the Canadian content industry can become more globally relevant.
Delegates at the festival will have the opportunity to submit questions to these influential media leaders via Twitter or on the Banff World Media Festival Facebook page. Selected questions will be posed to the executives during the panel.
"This is a unique opportunity for Banff delegates to hear Canada's top decision makers in conversation about the issues that matter most in media today," said Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Festival. "We are both honoured and elated to welcome these esteemed leaders of our industry to share their insight at BANFF."
Each of the executives has their own storied history at their current positions and within the Canadian media industry. Paul Robertson has been President of Shaw Media since 2010, and brings over 30 years of broadcasting and marketing experience to the operational oversight of the Global Television Network and Shaw Media's portfolio of 18 specialty channels. Kevin W. Crull was appointed as President of Bell Media when BCE acquired CTV in 2011, and currently oversees 28 conventional channels including CTV, 29 specialty channels (including TSN, RDS, Discovery, Much, E!, Comedy, and SPACE), 33 radio stations, more than 55 websites, and Sympatico.ca.
Keith Pelley was appointed President, Rogers Media in 2010, and is responsible for leading the company's diverse portfolio - Television, Radio, Publishing, Digital Media, The Shopping Channel, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Rogers Center - recently overseeing Citytv's expansion and Sportsnet's rebrand across five platforms. Kirstine Stewart was appointed general manager of CBC Television in 2006, and since arriving has re-established the CBC as the leader in Canadian-made television programming by commissioning the greatest number of Canadian content hours the CBC has ever had in prime time. In August 2012, Kirstine was promoted to Executive Vice-President, overseeing CBC's English radio and audio, television and digital operations, covering multiple media platforms across the country.