News | 01/30/2003 5:00 am EST
Gerry Noble, president and CEO of the Global Television Network, will be leaving the network, following the expiry of his current contract on August 31 to "pursue opportunities outside the company." He began his career at Global Television in Toronto in 1985, and has managed television operations for the company in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. For the next several months, he will be a special advisor to Rick Camilleri, COO. Camilleri was given the direct responsibility for executive management of CanWest’s Canadian television, newspaper, interactive and other media operations. As well, Robert Calvert was appointed senior VP of operations, and John Burgis was named executive VP of business services and finance for the company’s Canadian media operations. Other movements at CanWest include the retirement of Don Babick, currently president of CanWest Publications Inc. He retires effective April 30. Babick also becomes a special advisor to Camilleri for the next several months. As well, Steve Wyatt becomes editor-in-chief of Global Television Network. Based at Global’s Vancouver television news centre, he will be responsible for the overall news brand for Global Television News and for Global National. Anchor Peter Kent has been appointed deputy editor of Global Television News. The personnel changes follow an official announcement earlier this month that Israel (Izzy) Asper was retiring as executive chair of CanWest Global Communications Corp. Asper retains his position as chair of the board.