In response to what it calls “economic and market realities,” the Canadian Association of Broadcasters announced today that the organization is being restructured as “a streamlined and effective advocacy association.”
The Ottawa-based industry association will operate with what it called “reduced resources and a more focused approach to advocacy” regarding broadcasting policies and copyright matters. The changes include the elimination of 14 positions, including COO Tina Van Dusen. Other affected departments include member and marketing services, regulatory and policy, communications, legal and administration.
The CAB also said it is cancelling its 2009 convention, which was scheduled for November.
“The economic and market realities require an advocacy organization that is directed to achieve policy results for broadcasters,” said Charlotte Bell, chair of the CAB board, in a release. “The board agreed that we need CAB’s voice in Ottawa with more forward-looking industry research to affect federal broadcasting policy, including copyright matters.”
The CAB is currently searching for a successor to former president and CEO Glenn O’Farrell, who stepped down this month after seven years with the organization. Until a successor is appointed, the CAB will operate with an interim management committee comprised of the CAB executive council, the executive vice-president policy and public affairs, chief financial officer, general counsel and chief regulatory officer.
The CAB was established in 1926, and represents the country’s private radio and television broadcasters to government.