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News | 12/19/2001 5:00 am EST

Richard Stursberg has been appointed executive director of Telefilm Canada. The appointment, announced Dec. 6, comes about a year and a half after he gave a controversial speech at the Banff TV Festival calling for the privatization of the government film, television and new media funding agency. In the past few years, Stursberg has served as president and CEO of Canadian Satellite Communications, Star Choice, Vision.com and the Canadian Cable Television Association. From 1990 to 1994, he was executive VP of Unitel, now AT&T Canada. He also worked as assistant deputy minister of culture and broadcasting and as assistant deputy minister of telecommunications research and technology in the Department of Communications from 1985 to 1990. As well, Charles Bélanger was appointed chair of Telefilm Canada. Since 1997, he has been president of a firm specializing in electronic media management. He has also served as senior VP of programming services at BCE Media, and vice-chair of broadcasting at the CRTC. Bélanger is also a past member of the CAB TV board. Both appointments are for five years.

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