CRTC gets new chair as broadcast regulators expand their role


The Canadian Radio-Television Commission chair will be replaced within a few months, and Canadian Cultural Heritage is already accepting applications for a $ 328,000 annual role.

Ian Scott and his broadcast vice-chairman, Caroline Simard, were appointed by broadcast regulators for a five-year term in 2017, and their term is expected to end in early September.

CRTC is facing a significant expansion to cover online streaming platforms, online news and technology giants, and is taking new leadership as it proposes that some government bills have new powers. I plan to demonstrate it.

The Commission faces criticism that it may not have the expertise to regulate the digital arena, as well as traditional broadcasting and telecommunications.

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez thanked Scott for his five years of service and diligence.

In a speech at the Cultural Summit last week, Rodriguez said it was time to “modernize” the CRTC.

He said he had heard “concerns” about CRTC, adding that “government and technology are not always well-coordinated.”

But he said CRTC has a long history of supporting Canadian culture, “achieving many great things” and has more expertise in the field than anyone else.

He said the government intends to “make sure they have what they need to provide,” including funding.

Michael Geist, chairman of the University of Ottawa’s Internet Law Research Committee, said the new chairman will be “a very important appointment that will have a significant impact on the future of Canada’s Internet, communications and culture.”

“Given that the Commission has lost the trust of many Canadians, one of the jobs is to restore public trust by running it in a more nonpartisan way that puts the public interest at the forefront. “He said.

“It will be difficult to find the right person. You may need to choose a person who is not prejudiced because it is considered inconsistent with any of the regulated sectors.”

The CRTC chair, vice-chair, and members are usually appointed by the governor of the council for a five-year mission.

Scott’s term ends on September 4, and Cimar’s term ends on September 10.

In promoting Scott’s role, the federal government says it seeks experience in digital media, broadcasting, telecommunications, and the regulatory environment in Canada and abroad.

Marie Woolf

Canadian press

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