Big changes are afoot at Canadian pubcaster Kids’ CBC. On the heels of Martin Markle replacing longtime creative head Kim Wilson as senior director of content, Kidscreen has learned that Dr. Lynn Oldershaw, executive in charge of production for preschool programming at the CBC for more than a decade, is no longer employed by the broadcaster.
CBC head of media relations Chuck Thompson confirmed Oldershaw’s departure and said that the search to fill the vacated post is now underway.
Like Wilson, Oldershaw worked at the pubcaster for 14 years. As production exec for preschool programming, she provided child development and research expertise in line with CBC’s mandate for children’s programming, spanning development and production, to outreach projects and online properties.
As a member of the Kids’ CBC executive team, Oldershaw was also instrumental in the planning and application of numerous CBC strategies pertaining to children’s programming.
Prior to the CBC, Oldershaw worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry (University of Toronto), the Department of Psychology (University of Western Ontario), and as research director of the Clarke Institute’s Child Psychiatry Program in Toronto.
And before receiving her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 1989 from the University of Toronto, she was actively involved in the theater, film and television industry as an actor in New York and on the production side both on-camera and behind the scenes.
Markle, the new head of Kids’ CBC, returned to the pubcaster in September.