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Slawko Klymkiw, executive director of network programming at CBC-TV for the past nine years, is leaving after a 25-year career with the public broadcaster.

In a statement Wednesday to CBC employees, Klymkiw said he was resigning to pursue an unspecified opportunity that will "take my career in quite a different direction, and give something back to the industry in a way that I hope will leave a lasting legacy in terms of developing future talent in this country."

He assured his colleagues that his decision is unrelated to the current lockout that has disrupted the broadcaster, saying that discussions about his new role began several weeks ago.

Klymkiw began his CBC career in 1980 in Winnipeg where he produced award-winning supper-hour news shows there and in Toronto before joining CBC Newsworld in its early years.

Richard Stursberg, executive vice-president of CBC-TV, lauded Klymkiw for his dedication to public broadcasting, pointing to successes such as the documentary unit that produced Canada: A People's History and dramatic fare such as Shattered City Random Passage, Trudeau and H2O.

Strursberg said Klymkiw will be replaced at the end of August by Eva Czigler as acting executive director of network programming.