Former CRTC Chairman, CBC President Pierre Juneau Dies At 89
February 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM (PT)
PIERRE JUNEAU, who served as the first Chairman of the CRTC and later as President of the CBC, has passed away at the age of 89, according to the CANADIAN PRESS.
JUNEAU, a longtime member of the NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, joined the Bureau of Broadcast Governors in 1966 as Vice-Chairman and was named Chairman of the CRTC when the agency was formed in 1968. He is credited with a major role in developing the Canadian Content rules that require stations to play a large percentage of Canadian artists. He left the CRTC in 1975 when appointed Minister of Communications by Prime Minister PIERRE TRUDEAU, but lost a by-election in his attempt to get a seat in Parliament.
He later served under TRUDEAU as Undersecretary of State and as Deputy Minister of Communications, and was named CBC President in 1982 and was in charge when the CBC's TV network jettisoned most U.S. and British programming. After leaving the CBC, he headed UNESCO's World Radio and Television Council.