Rogers Communications has announced the appointment of Rick Brace to run its media business unit (which includes print and digital publishing) effective August 10. Brace comes from a deep television background and has been chair of CTV specialty television, owned by Rogers's sometime rival Bell Media. He succeeds Keith Pelley who was until recently president of Rogers Media.
"This is an opportunity I just couldn't pass up," said Brace. "When you look at the mix of assets, the Rogers 3.0 plan and the digital disruption that's transforming the media industry, this is a tremendous opportunity. Keith has done a terrific job repositioning the media business so now it's my job to use the assets we have and work with the senior team to bring Canadians the content they want, where they want."Brace will be responsible for managing and growing the $1.8 billion media business, including consumer and trade magazine publishing, broadcast, Sportsnet, the Shopping Channel and ownership stakes in the Toronto Blue Jays, the National Hockey League and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.