Recent Changes to B.C. Region of Canadian Broadcast Standards Council

Ottawa, September 15, 1997 -- The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) announces the appointment of Hudson Mack, Debbie Millette, C. Lynn Smith and Sally Warren to its British Columbia Regional Council.

Hudson Mack, a broadcaster member, is the Anchor and Assistant News Director of CHEK-TV in Victoria, BC. He also serves as the President of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Chair of National Editorial Committee for Broadcast News Limited and a member of the Victoria Harbourside Rotary Club. In 1996 Hudson received both the RTNDA National Best Television Newscast Award and the TV WEEK Magazine Most Popular Television Personality Award.

Debbie Millette, a broadcasting member, started her television career at CJOH-TV in Ottawa but moved to Vancouver and U-TV (CKVU) in 1981 where she has been involved in programming and other responsibilities before being named Program Manager in June 1997.

Lynn Smith, Q.C., a public member, is a professor at the U.B.C. Faculty of Law where she served as Dean from July 1991 to June 1997. She practised law in Vancouver for several years and was named Queen’s Counsel in 1992. She is well published and has acted as an arbitrator and advisor on several committees including as a Member of the National Forum on Heath. In 1990 she was named as one of the Y.M.C.A.’s “Women of Distinction.”

Sally Warren, a public member, served as a part-time CRTC Commissioner before becoming Regional Commissioner for British Columbia and the Yukon for a five-year term, which ended in May 1997. She has extensive experience as a journalist, editor and publishing executive. She was editor and manager of Vancouver Calendar Magazine for 11 years and served as Director of the Media Centre at Expo 86 in Vancouver. She is currently completing a book which will be published in 1998.

CBSC National Chair Ron Cohen stated: “This is a crucial moment in the history of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. We have begun to take on new broadcast members and are about to administer the new television ratings system and this past year has been one of significant activity for the Council in British Columbia. None of the challenges presented to the Council, including the current radio talk show controversy, could be met without the dedication and thoughtfulness of our Regional Council volunteers. We are fortunate to have been able to attract persons with such significant records of public service, commitment and leadership.”

The B.C. Council, like all other CBSC Regional Councils, is made up of three public and three broadcast representatives. The Chair of the B.C. Council is Erin Petrie, Vice President of Programming for Okanagan Radio Limited and past Chair of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters. At present there is one public member vacancy on the B.C. Council.

Created in 1990 to administer industry self-regulatory codes on ethics, gender portrayal and violence, the CBSC’s membership includes approximately 400 private sector television and radio stations and several specialty services from across Canada. The CBSC received formal endorsement from the CRTC in 1991. To date over 80 decisions have been released by the CBSC, most of which are available, together with our codes and other relevant information, on the world wide web at

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