Judy McAlpine to Lead National News and Information for American Public Media

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Judy McAlpine to Lead National News and Information for American Public Media

(St. Paul, Minn.) December 17, 2007—American Public Media, creator of distinctive, signature programs for public radio and the Internet, today announced that Judy McAlpine, former Director of International/Business Development for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio, has been named American Public Media’s Executive Management Consultant.

In this new position, McAlpine will assist in overseeing American Public Media’s award-winning national News and Information program production, including Being,® American RadioWorks,® Weekend America,® Word for Word; production partnerships for The Story and As It Happens; and new national News and Information program development. McAlpine will assume her responsibilities on January 14, 2008.

"Judy’s award-winning career at the CBC has spanned local, national, and international broadcast and program production," said Sarah Lutman, senior vice president, Content and Media, for American Public Media. "Her leadership and production experience will help American Public Media advance the strength and scope of its national News and Information service."

"I am thrilled to join such a dynamic organization and look forward to building on the strong programming that American Public Media delivers to public radio listeners in the U.S. and around the world," said McAlpine.

As Director of Sirius Satellite Radio One, McAlpine led the development of a 24/7 satellite channel that has helped drive Sirius’ growth in Canada. In her international capacity, she was instrumental in introducing American listeners to many CBC Radio programs. Under her leadership, the number of shows carried by U.S. broadcasters grew from As It Happens to a varied portfolio. She has also strengthened partnerships with other public broadcasters, and negotiated agreements involving BBC World Service, ABC and Radio New Zealand.

In 2001, McAlpine became Area Head of Network Current Affairs and then Associate Director of Programming, where she oversaw the re-design strategy for the CBC’s morning radio schedule. In 2006, she led Radio One’s podcast plan from the pilot stage to more than 40 podcasts. She also oversaw radio revenue strategy, including sponsorship of podcasts and the launch of CBC Radio programming on mobile. Most recently, McAlpine took on management of CBC’s small market strategy, including oversight of Windsor, Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

McAlpine began her career in Toronto at As It Happens, in 1983. She then spent time in locations across the country, including Ottawa, Vancouver and Whitehorse, where she received the Gabriel Award for "True North." She returned to Toronto in 1997, and the next year created Outfront. The program quickly won acclaim with several major international awards. Later, she became executive producer of This Morning and Sunday Edition.