Julie Adam has been upped to Senior Vice-President of Television & Broadcast Operations at Rogers Sports & Media, as Colette Watson prepares to vacate the role on June 15.
Watson has spent the last three decades with Rogers, initially hired as VP, Rogers Television and head of the Ottawa Rogers bureau. She moved into her current role in 2014. Among Watson’s accomplishments are winning the OMNI Television 9(1)(h) licence, successfully lobbying the CRTC to allow vertically-integrated companies to move funds to over-the-air TV from community television, and returning Citytv to profitability.
Since 2001, Watson has also served as the President & General Manager of CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel), a role she plans to continue in indefinitely.
“Colette has been an invaluable member of the Rogers team and a driving force behind industry change. Over her 30-year career, whether it was in cable, regulatory, or media, she consistently delivered under pressure, championed what’s right, and put the company first,” said Jordan Banks, President, Rogers Sports & Media, in a release. “Faced with industry challenges, she never waivered in her commitment. She thinks big and always finds a way to win.”
“Colette’s experience, business acumen, and ability to foster relationships with key leaders have always been critical to the company’s success,” added Phil Lind, Vice Chair of Rogers Communications, who hired Watson at Rogers in 1990.
Julie Adam, who has been with Rogers for 21 years and SVP of Radio & Audio since 2015, overseeing the company’s 56 radio stations and podcast networks, will take on an expanded portfolio that will encompass Citytv, OMNI Television, FX/FXX, OLN, the company’s 30 local Rogers TV stations, and Broadcast Operations.
“I am very excited to work with the TV team and I know that our Radio and TV groups will prove to be even stronger together as one,” said Adam. “Colette and I have been trusted colleagues and friends for many years, and I couldn’t be more honoured to take the reigns from such an incredible leader.”
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