FAN boss Nelson Millman heads to Sportsnet, Mike English heads out
Wednesday marked a day of some big developments in the Rogers sports family.
Nelson Millman, the man who piloted The FAN 590 through its first 15 years of existence, is moving over to Rogers Sportsnet.
The sports channel confirmed Wednesday that Millman, who was a vice-president and general manager at the all-sports radio station, will be taking the title of executive producer of studio productions. That means he'll be overseeing everything that Sportsnet produces in-house, from Sportsnet Connected to hockey pre-game shows.
He will replace news director Mike English, who is now out of a job.
``We are all stunned," said one Sportsnet staff member.
Millman, who has spent 37 years on the radio side of the business, will be handling television for the first time. That sounds like a monumental task, but Millman says he's prepared for it.
``The platform for delivery is entirely different, but it's still about performance, presentation and entertainment," said Millman, who will also continue to run the CTV-Rogers Olympic consortium's radio operations. ``I'm facing a pretty big learning curve, but change is never a bad thing."
So what does this all mean? Like most of Rogers media properties, both the FAN and Sportsnet were hit hard by the recession. Millman says he wanted a change. It's possible he may have wanted that change to get away from the pressure of trying to make a business work in a tough economy.
As for English, most likely he was ousted for the same reason most people in his position lose their jobs: the ratings weren't good enough.
That's a problem Millman will now face, and one that English's predecessors faced. It won't be easy.
Millman takes over at Sportsnet on Dec. 7. His replacement hasn't been announced, but he or she will also have some big challenges.