TORONTO, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - Rogers Media today announced that Paul Beeston has been appointed CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays on an interim basis. Mr. Beeston will assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the baseball club and Rogers Centre effective immediately with the support of outgoing President and CEO, Paul Godfrey. Paul Beeston has had a long history with professional baseball. He was the first employee of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1976 and held numerous titles with the Club and was ultimately the President and CEO. Paul has two World Series rings to his credit and was placed in the Blue Jays Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre in April of this year, prior to the Jays' home opener. From 1997 until 2002, Paul was President and COO of Major League Baseball in New York City. Beeston returned to Toronto in 2002 and serves on the board of a number of philanthropic endeavours and has kept an office at Rogers Centre. "No one, as we'd all agree, could be better qualified for this position," stated Tony Viner, President and CEO, Rogers Media. "Ted Rogers is thrilled with this news and many others, including Paul Godfrey, enthusiastically endorse this choice. I wish this arrangement could be permanent but I'll work with Paul Beeston to find in time a suitable replacement." "I have a great deal of respect for the Rogers organization and when I was asked to step in, I couldn't say no. I look forward to this assignment, even though it's short term," added Paul Beeston. Rogers Media President Tony Viner has activated a search for a permanent President and CEO of the Club and Paul Beeston will assist with the identification and recruitment of this individual. About Rogers Media Inc. Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc., (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), operates Rogers Broadcasting and Rogers Publishing. Rogers Broadcasting has 52 AM and FM radio stations across Canada. Television properties include 5 Citytv stations as well as the OMNI multicultural television stations. Rogers Sportsnet, Canada's live event leader, offers viewers four channels and Sportsnet HD and the Shopping Channel is a televised and Internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer magazines such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, Flare, L'actualité and Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. All media properties are integrated with their own popular web sites. Rogers Media also owns The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and Rogers Centre, a year-round sports and entertainment facility.