Breaking: Crull Leaves Bell

(Via CNW) “Kevin Crull departs Bell with our thanks for his contributions to our customers and shareholders,” says George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. Crull has served as President and CEO of Bell Media since 2011 and has been with the company since 2005. His departure is effective today.

Crull will be replaced by Mary Ann Turcke, formerly Group President, Media Sales, Local TV and Radio for Bell Media. Several other executive appointments have been made at the company. Among others, Blaik Kirby, formerly Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Bell’s wireless business unit, has been promoted to President of Bell Mobility. He started out as a repair tech for Bell Canada in 1986.

You can read more about the Bell executive shuffle on the corporate site. All of these executive appointments take effect today.

Crull, of course, got some unwelcome publicity last month when he reacted to the CRTC’s announcement that it would require cable companies to offer “skinny basic” packages for $25 or less. He later said “I felt the focus on the CRTC itself . . . would be better placed on a . . .  discussion of the impacts”. Everyone seemed to have questions on the controversy that followed — was it right for a media company’s interests to affect its news coverage? Did the CRTC have any right to complain, or was it just as guilty of interfering with the distribution of news?

(And this is as good a time as any to say, yes, this article was an April Fool joke.)

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