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CBC extends Catherine Tait’s term as president and CEO by 18 months

Catherine Tait will remain president and CEO of the CBC/Radio-Canada until January 2025 after the Canadian pubcaster extended her existing term by 18 months.

Catherine Tait

The extension is shorter than Tait’s initial five-year contract, which began in July 2018 and had been set to end next month.

The additional time will mean Tait, who spent much of her career as an independent producer, will lead the organisation at a time when the Canadian industry continues to grapple with how best to bring streaming services under domestic regulation.

In April, the Online Streaming Act (aka Bill C-11), a landmark piece of legislation designed in part to regulate online streamers operating in Canada, was passed into law.

The new legislation paves the way for streamers to be regulated in Canada. However, exactly how the new legislation is interpreted will be decided by local TV watchdog the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which will undertake an industry-wide consultation involving multiple players across the industry, the CBC included, to decide how best to codify the new regulatory system.

Tait is the first woman ever to hold the top post at CBC/Radio-Canada. News of her term extension came on the same day the broadcaster revealed its 2023/24 programming slate, which included 40 new and returning series and an expansion of its FAST channels business.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am delighted that our CEO has agreed to extend her time at CBC/Radio-Canada in order to complete several important initiatives,” said Michael Goldbloom, chair of the board of directors.

“Her leadership over the past five years has been critical to positioning the public broadcaster for the future at a time of accelerated change in the news and media sectors in Canada.”

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