Pierre Juneau, past president of CBC/Radio-Canada (1982 â€“ 1989), died today at the age of 89. During his term as the Corporation's president, Juneau spearheaded the creation of CBC's 24-hour English language news channel Newsworld (precursor to CBC News Network) and worked to increase Canadian content on the public broadcaster.
According to Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, "Pierre Juneau was a passionate defender of public broadcasting and a fervent promoter of Canadian content. He was instrumental to shaping policy that allowed Canadians to build their own industry and their own content. We still feel his influence today."
Along with leading the Corporation, Pierre Juneau held virtually every important position in the Canadian broadcasting hierarchy. He began his career at the National Film Board, where he ultimately became director of French-language production. In 1966, Juneau was appointed Vice-Chair of the Bureau of Broadcast Governors (BBG), which was to become the CRTC in 1968. He was then appointed the Commission's first Chair and created the CRTC's influential Canadian content regulations â€“ what we now call "Can con".Â
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