Pierre Tourangeau, Senior Director, Content News and Current Affairs Information, French services, CBC/Radio-Canada, has been appointed the Corporation’s Ombudsman for French services, effective November 14, 2011.
“CBC/Radio-Canada is fully committed to maintaining accuracy, integrity and fairness in its journalism,” says Hubert T. Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “The office of the ombudsman plays a lead role in ensuring compliance with our Journalistic Standards and Practices. The fact that we have this function at CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the importance we place on being thorough in our news coverage and sets us apart from other Canadian broadcasters. So, I’m very pleased to have someone with Pierre’s qualifications and level of commitment in the role of ombudsman.”
"For almost 20 years now, CBC/Radio-Canada has helped me succeed professionally, in part because people here apply the highest standards of journalistic ethics. Those standards and principles have always guided me as a reporter, and I have asked nothing less of the journalists I've had the privilege of managing. Now, in representing the public's interests, I will ensure adherence to those values," says Tourangeau.
Tourangeau brings close to 35 years of journalistic experience to the role of ombudsman, having worked in almost every area of media, including television, radio and print. His significant experience, professionalism, credibility and strategic thinking afford him the capacity to relate to the work of CBC/Radio-Canada’s journalists, while also understanding the challenges faced by the Corporation. All necessary and important qualities in the role of ombudsman.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.