Bell Media President Wade Oosterman to Retire, Sean Cohan Named Successor

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Bell Media has announced that its President, Wade Oosterman, who also holds the position of vice-chair of the parent company BCE Inc., has plans to retire at the close of this year. He will be succeeded by Sean Cohan, entering the company in November.

Cohan will step into the heartbeat of BCE’s leadership team from the first day of November. Meanwhile, Oosterman will continue to steward his current role until January 2024 to guarantee a seemless shift of power.

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Mirko Bibic, the President and CEO of BCE, has extended his thanks to Oosterman, acknowledging his pivotal role in bolstering Bell’s competitiveness in the domains of Canadian communications and media. His strategic guidance has indeed been instrumental in the overall transformation of Bell Media.

Earlier on, BCE had stated its decision to either close or sell nine of its radio stations. This move is part of its new business strategy to “significantly adapt” its news delivery method and reduce its workforce by 1,300—implying a six per cent shrinkage at Bell Media.

Oosterman had previously confided in a staff memo about the difficult economic and inflationary pressures Bell Media was grappling with. The abrupt pullback in advertisers’ budgets and the vitally slow regulatory adjustments further added to their challenges.

Cohan, who will also execute his responsibilities as an executive officer at BCE, has spent a good part of his career—at least 15 years—at A+E Networks. In his last role at Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, he was the Chief Growth Officer and President.

To clarify, BCE is the mother company of CTV News, through its subsidiary division, Bell Media.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.