Toronto’s 50 Most Influential: #45, Mary Ann Turcke
Mary Ann Turcke
President, Bell Media
45Turcke inherited a news division that was reeling from her predecessor’s attempts to meddle in CTV’s news coverage. Since that controversy, she has steered the legacy media property in a confident new direction. Turcke pulled the plug on Canada AM after 43 seasons and replaced it with Your Morning, a glitzier iteration. Even if the gamble goes bust, Turcke can still brag about consistently beating the CBC for most-watched national newscast. Her campaign against Canadians stealing U.S. Netflix seems to have worked: in the spring, Netflix Canada introduced measures to prevent viewers from accessing the service’s American library. (Sorry, Frasier fans.)
She and her husband, Gord McIlquham, are competitive sailors.
Toronto's Most Influential People of 2016