In the wake of the announcement of the Canada Media Fund (CMF) this week, the Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC) is raising concern about the composition of the CMF’s board. Two board members will be nominated by the federal government, while five are expected to be nominated by licensed BDUs. CIAC president Ian Kelso says the fact that the interactive industry has no formal representation on the board is an issue of concern and might defeat the CMF’s objective of ensuring governance and accountability. The proposed CMF, which is expected to kick into force on April 1, merges the Canada Television Fund and the Telefilm Canada New Media Fund into one entity with two separate components. One deals with television projects and the other funds interactive media projects. While praising the overall objectives of the CMF, Kelso says it is still early days, but he hopes the interactive new media component will be better fleshed out with time. He also says he hopes for more consultations with the government on the matter. “I am optimistic we will be able to find a good plan,” he says.