Arpin named interim chair at CRTC


TORONTO -- Removing two highly touted candidates from its shortlist, the Canadian government on Tuesday named Michel Arpin, broadcasting vice chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as interim chairman of the federal regulator.

Arpin will run the country's TV and phone watchdog until a permanent replacement is found for departing CRTC chair Charles Dalfen.

Ottawa had been considering former CRTC vice chairman Fernand Belisle and George Addy, a former head of Ottawa's Competition Bureau, to replace Dalfen, who left the regulator Dec. 31 after his five-year term expired.

Arpin joined the CRTC as vice chairman of broadcasting in August 2005, and before that completed executive stints at Quebec-based broadcasters Astral Media Inc. and Radiomutuel Inc.

The search for Dalfen's replacement is being led by Maxime Bernier, the federal industry minister, who has clashed with the CRTC in recent months over deregulatory plans for the Canadian phone sector.