Canadian Broadcast Standards Council Announces New Director of Policy

Ottawa, February 16, 2005Ronald Cohen, National Chair of the CBSC, announces the appointment of Teisha Gaylard as its new Director of Policy.

 Ms. Gaylard has recently completed her Masters of Arts in Communication and Culture, with a specialization in Politics and Policy, from York University, where she received a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Bell Globemedia Scholarship for leading edge Canadian media research.  In partial fulfilment of her degree requirements, she prepared a major research paper entitled “Cultural Policy and the ‘Diginets’: An Analysis of the Policy Framework for Canadian Digital Pay and Specialty Television Services”.  Before pursuing her Master’s degree, Ms. Gaylard had served for two years as Broadcast Analyst at the CBSC.  She graduated with a B.A. (Highest Honours) from the Mass Communications Department at Carleton University.

“In her position as Director of Policy, and with her combination of previous CBSC experience and a strong background in cultural policy, Teisha will play an important role in directing and communicating CBSC policy initiatives,” said CBSC National Chair Ron Cohen.  Through its decisions, which respond to issues raised by the public about broadcast content, the Council has played a significant role in the definition of content policy in Canada.  The Council has also been extremely active in getting its message out to Canada’s great multicultural diversity, providing information about private broadcaster codes and the self-regulatory process in more than 30 languages both in print and on its web site. 

Teisha Gaylard can be reached at:
613-233-4607 x12 (phone)
613-233-4826 (fax)
<tgaylard@cbsc.ca> and
P.O. Box 3265, Station D, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6H8

Canada’s private broadcasters have themselves created industry standards in the form of Codes on ethics, gender portrayal and television violence by which they expect the members of their profession will abide.  In 1990, they also created the CBSC, which is the self-regulatory body with the responsibility of administering those professional broadcast Codes, as well as the Code dealing with journalistic practices first created by the Radio Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA) in 1970.  More than 550 radio and television stations and specialty services from across Canada are members of the Council. 

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All CBSC decisions, Codes, links to members' and other web sites, and related information are available on the CBSC's website at www.cbsc.ca. For more information, please contact the CBSC National Chair, Mme Andrée Noël CBSC Executive Director, John MacNab