Doug Ward, Farm Radio International

Doug Ward is Chair of the Board of Farm Radio International (FRI). As Vice-President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Doug was responsible for CBC's seventy-plus regional radio and TV production centres. Earlier, Doug was Director of the CBC Northern Service, providing radio programming in nine native languages to, for and by northern native Canadians. In 1970 he co-authored with Peter Meggs the English Radio Report which set the course for CBC Radio for the next two decades. He was Executive Producer on the team that created As It Happens - CBC Radio's popular phone-out program – now in its forty-third year. At Farm Radio International, Doug designed the Participatory Radio Campaign (PRC) methodology, which helps mobilize smallholder farmers take up improved farming practices they consider important for family food security. Doug's current projects include the African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA) which is gathering data and analysis about the farmer programming on twenty-three African rural radio stations across five countries. Doug is a public adjudicator on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, which handles all complaints about commercial broadcasting in Canada.