TORONTO - Tony Viner, president and CEO of Rogers Media, will retire once a successor is found, Rogers Communications Inc. announced Tuesday.

Viner, 63, has worked for Rogers since 1982.

The company commended Viner for growing Rogers Media from three radio stations when he started to one of Canada's largest diversified media companies.

"Our media division has dramatically expanded and thrived under his leadership so that today Rogers Media has many of the country's premier media brands," stated Nadir Mohamed, president and CEO of Rogers Communications.

Rogers Media owns 53 radio stations across Canada, as well as the Citytv and OMNI television networks and specialty channels like Sportsnet and the Shopping Channel. It also publishes more than 70 magazines including Maclean's and Chatelaine and owns the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto's Rogers Centre.

Shares in Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) lost 10 cents to $36.74 in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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