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Kirstine Stewart named CBC vice-president

Kirstine Stewart has been named executive vice-president of the CBC's English service, after doing the job on an interim basis since August 2010.

Kirstine Stewart has been named executive vice-president of the CBC's English services, after doing the job on an interim basis since August 2010.

She replaced Richard Stursberg on an interim basis after his resignation from the post in August, and was named to the job effective immediately on Monday.

She will oversee national operations at CBC English services, with a budget of $785 million covering multiple media platforms across the country.

"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," Stewart said in a statement released by CBC.

"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."

Stewart is behind the Live Right Now initiative that encourages Canadians to adopt a more healthy lifestyle launched last week on multiple CBC platforms.

She was general manager of CBC Television beginning in April 2006 and brought shows such as Republic of Doyle, The Tudors and Dragon's Den to the public broadcaster. CBC now has the greatest number of Canadian content hours it has ever had in primetime.

Prior to joining CBC, Stewart was senior vice-president of programming for Alliance Atlantis, responsible for eight channels, including BBC Canada, National Geographic Canada and Home and Garden Television. 

She also has held executive positions at Hallmark Entertainment and Trio/Newsworld International.

Stewart was named Canadian Women in Communications 2010 woman of the year and has been recognized by the Women's Executive Network as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She is a founding board member of Culture Days and sits on the Banff Television and Film Festival Board.

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