Oh, Canada! Cruickshank Leaves ‘Chicago Sun-Times’ for CBC

By: E&P Staff

John Cruickshank, the publisher who steadied the Chicago Sun-Times during a time when it was battered by corporate looting and a circulation scandal, is returning to his native Canada to head up CBC News, according to his newspaper.

The Sun-Times reports on its Web site: “Chicago Sun-Times Publisher John Cruickshank has resigned to head Canadian Broadcasting Corp.?s news division, sources said Wednesday.

“Cruickshank also is chief operating officer of the Sun-Times Media Group?s Chicago portfolio of 100 area newspapers. He will replace Tony Burman, who retired as CBC News editor-in-chief on July 13.

“A former editor in chief of the Vancouver Sun and managing editor of the Toronto Globe & Mail, Cruickshank joined the paper as vice-president of editorial in 2000. He became publisher in 2003.”

The Toronto Star today had reported the “hot rumor” that Cruickshank has been tapped to replace the CBC News editor in chief who retired in July.

Cruickshank came to Chicago in 2000 from the Vancouver Sun in British Columbia, where he was editor-in-chief. He shared the top editorial duties with Michael Cooke until Publisher F. David Radler was forced to resign amid a scandal in which he and Chairman Conrad Black and other executives in the Sun-Times parent company then known as Hollinger International inc. were accused of pocketing millions in improper fees and insider deals.

Cruickshank was in the publishers office a matter of weeks when he discovered the newspaper had been overstating its circulation. The paper made big payouts to advertisers to satisfy the claims of fraud.

He is also CFO of Sun-Times News Group, the operating unit for about 100 Chicago-area newspapers.

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