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CBSC seeking younger adjudicators

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is looking to recruit younger adjudicators.

Sylvie Courtemanche, chair of the CBSC, says particularly when it comes to adjudicating listener complaints around hip hop and urban music, a younger perspective is needed.

“We need a younger demographic to give us perspective on those kind of songs, but also shows on TV that tend to skew to a younger demographic,” Courtemanche told Broadcast Dialogue at this month’s BC Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Conference. “We have two issues, we need a younger demographic as far as adjudication goes, but we also need adjudicators from smaller and regional newsrooms to give a different perspective.”

Courtemanche says half of the complaints the CBSC now receives are around news, balance and fairness. Specifically, the council is asking radio and TV stations in small and medium markets to propose people with news experience who can adjudicate without the perception of bias.

“Often case when we get news complaints in a big market, I need somebody from a smaller market who has no conflicts, so the adjudicator is not in a conflict position with the broadcaster who is the subject of the complaint,” explained Courtemanche.

She says more adjudicators are needed in every province. Stations wishing to put forward employees for consideration can contact Courtemanche directly at

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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