A new Radio-Canada ombudsman appointed

Pierre Tourangeau, the senior director content, news and current affairs information for Radio-Canada, has been appointed its new Ombudsman. He assumes the role starting next Monday.

Tourangeau is a veteran Radio-Canada journalist with more than three decades of experience in media.

"For almost 20 years now, CBC/Radio-Canada has helped me succeed professionally, in part because people here apply the highest standards of journalistic ethics," Tourangeau said. "Those standards and principles have always guided me as a reporter, and I have asked nothing less of the journalists I've had the privilege of managing. Now, in representing the public's interests, I will ensure adherence to those values."

"Pierre brings close to 35 years of journalistic experience to the role of ombudsman, having worked in almost every area of media, including television, radio and print," said the CBC President, Hubert T. Lacroix, in announcing his appointment Tuesday. "His significant experience, professionalism, credibility and strategic thinking afford him the capacity to relate to the work of CBC/Radio-Canada's journalists, while also understanding the challenges faced by the Corporation."

Tourangeau replaces Julie Miville-Dechene, who left the position at the end of July to become the president of the Quebec Council for the Status of Women.