Media Moves

Canada’s Bell Media appoints Cohan president

October 6, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The following excerpt was sent out from The Hollywood Reporter:

Sean Cohan

Veteran TV executive Sean Cohan is set to lead Bell Media in Canada.

His hire was announced on Wednesday and follows 15 years spent at A+E Networks, including as president of international and digital media, and a stint as chief growth officer and president at global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen.

Cohan, who was named president of Bell Media and will step into the new post on Nov. 1, will replace Wade Oosterman, who is retiring as president of the Canadian media player at the end of the year. There’s no word on whether Cohan will relocate from New York City to the Canadian company’s headquarters in Toronto as he takes the helm at Bell Media on the programming front.

“I look forward to working with Sean as he leads the Bell Media team in delivering the most compelling content across every platform. Sean and his leadership team will be responsible for Bell Media’s portfolio of premier entertainment, news and information assets,” Mirko Bibic, president and CEO of parent BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Cohan joins Bell Media after a series of cost-cutting layoffs and radio station closures in response to worsening Canadian TV climate as U.S. streaming giants take an increase share of domestic TV viewing and ad revenue increasingly shifts to foreign digital platforms like Google and Facebook.

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