CBC Sports head Stremlaw to leave corporation to run unnamed sports franchise

TORONTO — CBC Sports executive Greg Stremlaw will be leaving the corporation later this month to become the chief executive officer and president of an unnamed professional sports franchise.

Details on his new position won’t be available until the team makes a formal announcement on Monday, according to a memo sent to CBC staff.

“I have come to know Greg through the shared approach CBC and Radio-Canada have for our Olympic Games coverage,” Michel Bissonette, CBC English Services interim executive vice-president, said Tuesday in the memo. ”He is the consummate professional, a great colleague and has done so much for the organization since joining the CBC as the head of CBC Sports in 2015, most notably developing a new sports and Olympic strategy.”

An interim replacement is expected to be named in the coming days.

Stremlaw served as general manager of Olympic coverage for CBC and Radio-Canada for the 2016 and 2018 Olympic Games. He was also the lead for the CBC in Hockey Night in Canada operations.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the CBC Sports legacy,” Stremlaw said in an email. “For the last four years I have had the privilege of leading CBC Sports and solidifying our new sport and Olympic strategies, including the acquisition of long-term rights.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed entrenching CBC/Radio-Canada as both Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network, but also managing CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada operations to ensure NHL hockey continue on this network until at least 2026. I am so grateful to the CBC team for their collaboration and passion they bring with them every day. Their support has been incredibly valuable to my role at CBC.”

Stremlaw joined the CBC after an eight-year run as chief executive officer with Curling Canada.

Word of his departure came three months after another prominent Canadian sports media executive, Scott Moore, announced his decision to leave his position as Sportsnet president. The search is underway for Moore’s successor, with Rogers Media president Rick Brace handling the role on an interim basis.

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