Leonard Katz appointed interim CRTC chairman

Jan 25, 2012 – 10:14 AM ET | Last Updated: Jan 25, 2012 7:51 PM ET

Canada’s federal broadcast and telecommunications regulator appointed vice-chairman Leonard Katz to the post of interim chairman Wednesday, following the departure of longtime chairman Konrad von Finckenstein.

Mr. von Finckenstein’s five-year term at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission expires today. The appointment was widely expected as the government vets long-term candidates for the job. A new chairman is expected to be selected before Mr. Katz’s own term expires next fall.
Mr. Katz, an industry insider who held senior positions with both Bell Canada and Rogers Communications Inc. before joining the CRTC in 2005, was appointed to vice-chairman of telecom in 2007.

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