PMA welcomes new Board members from CBC/Radio-Canada and PBS

2 June 2022

The Public Media Alliance offers a warm welcome to CBC/Radio-Canada’s Claude Galipeau and PBS’s Jonathan Barzilay who both join its Board.

Meet PMA's newest board members: Claude Galipeau of CBC/Radio-Canada and Jonathan Barzilay of PBS (left to right)

With a remit to advocate the values of public media worldwide, it is important that PMA has a strong, knowledgeable, and active board with extensive industry experience. That is why we are proud to welcome Jonathan Barzilay, Chief Operating Officer of PBS, and Claude Galipeau, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development at CBC/Radio-Canada, to our international Board.

Jonathan joined PBS in 2015 and is responsible for all operations and strategy across the American public broadcaster. He has extensive industry experience, having filled senior roles at ABC, CBS and Qualcomm.

Prior to PBS, Jonathan served as Director of Freedom of Expression at the Ford Foundation, where he led the foundation’s global programmes in Media, Journalism, and Arts and Culture, directing teams in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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Claude oversees strategy, public and regulatory affairs at CBC/Radio-Canada. He plays a key role in enabling partnerships with other broadcasters and news organisations, as well as culture groups, creators, and international players to ensure there’s a place for Canadian culture at home and abroad.

Claude previously worked as Chief Revenue Officer for Torstar Corporation and has held senior roles at Yahoo, Syncapse, Rogers Media and Astral Media.

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The appointments follow two significant departures from the PMA Board. In April, we wished a happy retirement to former GBC CEO, Gerard Teuma and most recently we said a fond farewell to Heaton Dyer, CBC/Radio-Canada’s former Executive Director, Strategy and International Relations, as he moves onto a new role.

“I thoroughly look forward to working with Claude and Jonathan, who each bring a wealth of experience and skills to our international Board. Their central roles at CBC/Radio-Canada and PBS will prove invaluable to our work in supporting and advocating for independent public service media and its critical role underpinning democracy”, said PMA CEO, Kristian Porter.

“Heaton has been a long-term friend and supporter of PMA and played an instrumental role in the organisation’s important relationship with CBC/Radio-Canada as well as the Global Task Force for public media. Heaton is passionate about public media, and we will all miss his unique enthusiasm and support. I wish him all the very best for the future”.

PMA’s President, Paul Thompson, said: “It is my pleasure to welcome Jonathan and Claude to the PMA Board. It is gratifying to see two exceptional public media leaders join at what is a critical time of opportunity and challenge for public service media around the world. I look forward to working with them both to further the cause of the PMA”.