PM Harper Appoints New CRTC Chairman
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Jean-Pierre Blais, the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Replacing Leonard Katz, Blais is well-qualified for the 5-year appointment, having held senior positions in government as well as at the CRTC itself.
Stephen Harper said Blais “brings a strong legal background and a comprehensive understanding of the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors“ to the new role, which becomes effective on June 18th.
With the lines between traditional telecom and broadcasting blurring, the new environment may need new regulation. Also, whether to create a national set of standards for wireless telephone contracts is a major issue on the agenda.
The regulator is also reviewing whether to allow CBC to run ads on some of its French-language radio channels and has to make a decision on whether to impose conditions on BCE Inc.’s acquisition of Astral, which impacts numerous media assets and the telecom provider`s domination within the industry.
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