Media Release – Alternative Roles for the National Broadcaster: Options for the CBC

Media Release, Disruption, Frontier Centre

Winnipeg, MB. 1 April 2013: The Frontier Centre for Public Policy released today Options for the CBC: Alternative Roles for the National Broadcaster, a policy study by Roland Renner.

In this policy study, Renner examines the original rationale for a Canadian national public broadcaster, assesses the impact of changes in technology over the ensuing years and then examines whether there is still a role for the CBC to play given these developments.

New developments are going to challenge the existing broadcasting structures and institutions. “New technology brings more choice for consumers and challenges existing revenue models,” explains Renner.

“The role of the traditional broadcasters and cable companies is not disappearing overnight as some analysts have been predicting over the past year. These roles will, however, be changing substantially over the next five years as rights holders, producers and consumers adjust to the new opportunities available.” concludes Renner.

A copy of Options for the CBC: Alternative Roles for the National Broadcaster is available for download here.

For more information or to arrange an interview with the study's author, media (only) may contact:


Roland Renner

Tel: (613) 612-0501



Roland Renner is a consultant who has worked in telecommunications, broadcasting and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He has participated in the transition of telecommunications and broadcasting from monopoly to competitive policy and regulatory environments, and has been involved in numerous regulatory proceedings. He held management positions at Bell Canada and Telesat Canada. As a consultant he worked with PwC Consulting and Nordicity Group, he advised clients on new market opportunities in a changing regulatory climate. He has worked for both public and private sector clients in Canada, Germany, Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.