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NABA president, Robert Briskman, made the announcement in New York recently on behalf of the organisation's board of directors noting McEwen's distinguished career with Canadian broadcaster CBC, where he was senior vice president until 1997. He also noted McEwen's long association with NABA as a past director, president and secretary general and his involvement in the implementation of new technologies such as the digital HD television in Canada.
"Michael brings to NABA a depth of broadcast experience and understanding of the industry at a time our members are challenged by change in our markets, services, technologies and regulations. We look to him to use that experience and consensus making skill to help our members come to unified positions on the issues of the day and to take actions beneficial to our industry."
In 2011, McEwen was appointed chair of the Global Broadcast Summit, an invitation-only, CEO-level debate on the future of the broadcast industry. McEwen will retain his strategic involvement in, and chairmanship of the Summit, which will take place in London from 28-29 November 2012.
"I welcome the opportunity and privilege to again work with NABA members in developing broadcast leadership on the major industry questions which members are dealing with both in North America and around the world," said McEwen. "This appointment comes at a perfect time for me as this is something we are trying to achieve with the GBS on a global scale by bringing together the world's leading broadcasters to debate and discuss the impact of digital technology, social policy, regulations and changing consumer demands on their businesses."
Before joining NABA, McEwen served for six years as a director and later chairman of industry consultancy Media Asset Capital (MAC).