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News | 12/07/2000 5:00 am EST

Claude Chagnon, Vidéotron president and CEO, and four other senior executives departed as Quebecor moved forward on plans to dismantle the holding company and integrate it into its multimedia division. Chagnon will apparently stay on as director at Vidéotron and TVA Group Inc. Chagnon and his father sold their controlling stake in Quebecor in August after a hostile $5.2-billion takeover. As well, Pierre Simon, resigned as director and chair of the board of Netgraphe, the Internet division of Vidéotron, and Norman Drolet resigned as Netgraphe president and CEO. Monique Leroux, Quebecor first executive VP and COO, has been named chair of Netgraphe’s new board, also consisting of Erik Péladeau, Daniel Lamarre, Marc Lacourcière, Normand Drolet, Jacques Nantel and Pierre Migneault. Quebecor is also consolidating its broadcast unit TVA and the Canoe Internet portal. TVA Group Inc senior VP Andre Provencher left to "pursue new professional goals." Meanwhile, Raynald Brière has been appointed TVA Network general manager while retaining his current position of senior VP of broadcasting. Second in command at TVA Network will be Philippe Lapointee, responsible for programming and some news. Serge Bellerose, recently general manager of TVA’s all-news channel LCN, takes over responsibility for the specialty channels. Marleen Beaulieu has been named executive producer of the new specialty channel team.

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