|Stewart’s curse was that she looked like she could headline a CBC drama|
Being the top programming executive of the CBC is a little like being captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. You spend most of your time defending, get jeered even when you score and are a target every time you take to the ice. When you win, you are expected to be humble and when you lose, it is all your fault.
The announcement Monday that Kirstine Stewart was resigning immediately to take a top job with Twitter Inc., therefore, should not have been such a big surprise. The public network post is a tough, grinding job. Seven years at CBC’s corner programming office is a killer. Stewart’s predecessor, Slawko Klymkiw, somehow lasted a decade.
Monday’s announcement by CBC president Hubert Lacroix paid tribute to her talent and her fortitude:
Kirstine really understands the role of the public broadcaster and has been a fierce proponent of its distinctive place. She has been instrumental in establishing CBC as a modern public broadcaster and I want to thank her for all she has done to put us in a place of strength from which to renew ourselves. For me, the achievement that stands-out most in her seven years with CBC/Radio-Canada, is the programming team we now have in place at CBC Television and the schedule they have managed to put on air, despite some tough financial times.
NOTE: This story has been corrected to reflect that Stewart was very much involved in bringing Dragon’s Den to CBC.