Two weeks after the fact, Videotron announced today that it has met the March 15 deadline set by the CRTC in February to set up an advisory committee for community channel MAtv in Montreal. The commission made the requirement in response to a complaint that MAtv was not properly representing the community it serves.
The nine-person committee, which will serve in an advisory capacity but won’t be making the decisions about what goes on air, is composed of members of the arts, business and cultural communities, as well as a member of the English-speaking community, which presumably means we should start seeing English programming on the channel some time soon.
The members are as follows:
- Fortner Anderson, English-Language ARTS Network (ELAN)
- Éric Lefebvre, Director of Development, Quartier des spectacles Partnership
- Annie Billington, Coordinator, Communications and Community Relations, Culture Montréal
- Martin Frappier, Director of Communications, Chantier de l’économie sociale
- Marie-Pier Veilleux, Director, Strategic Forums, International Leaders, and Special Projects, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
- Cathy Wong, President, Conseil des Montréalaises (consultative body on gender equality)
- Philippe Meilleur, Executive Director, Montreal Native Community Development Centre
- Aïda Kamar, CEO, Vision Diversité
- Vanessa Destiné, student, Université de Montréal; regional coordinator, Communautique; volunteer, MAtv