Departing CBC.ca head wants ‘new challenge’

Sue Gardner has commented on her reasons for resigning as head of CBC.ca, saying she’s looking for a “new challenge”.

Staff were told on Tuesday that Gardner would be leaving the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on June 1, after almost 17 years in various CBC roles.

I emailed her to ask why, and she responded as follows:

…I’ve done what I personally wanted to do at CBC.CA.

  • I wanted to launch the arts & entertainment section, which is done and terrific.
  • I wanted to get the redesign done, which happened last June.
  • I wanted to get the advertising expansion completed.
  • I wanted to make sure we got the technology section up and running, as well as Consumer Life.

Plus some other bits and pieces; all done now.

So the upshot is, you reach a point where you’ve achieved your own goals. There’s lots of work that remains to be done, and the CBC has terrific people who will do it. But for me, I decided it’s time to seek out some new challenge. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take the summer off, then come the fall, I’ll start thinking seriously about what’s next.

There are similar comments from Gardner on Tod Maffin’s official CBC blog.

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