Michael McEwen is Director-General of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). NABA represents the interests of North American Broadcasters to international forums and institutions on a broad range of issues including technology, intellectual property, broadcast policy, risk assessment, and regulations. He was a former Secretary-General of the organization from 2001 to 2005.
From 2006 to 2012 McEwen was a consultant advising on Media; Strategy, Policy and Broadcast Digital Technologies. McEwen is also a former Chairman and Director of the UK based Media Asset Capital Ltd.
He is past President of Canadian Digital Television (CDTV)from 1998 to 2006 and managed this Canadian industry Association mandated to facilitate an effective and efficient transition from analog to digital high definition television in Canada. As President of the World Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Forum from 1998 to 2002, McEwen represented the members on the introduction of this new digital radio and multimedia technology to global markets and audiences. In addition, McEwen spent over 27 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada) in production and executive management roles.
Mr. McEwen was part of the CBC’s Executive Management for 12 years serving in a number of senior positions including Senior Vice President, Radio Services, Senior Vice President Media, and Executive Vice President responsible for all radio and television services; French and English. In addition to his media responsibilities during this period McEwen held portfolios, which were responsible for strategic planning, regulatory affairs, and business development.
Prior to his time as a Vice President, McEwen was a producer, director and executive producer in the CBC News and Current Affairs divisions. He also managed a regional station and was a network Director of Program Operations. His CBC/Radio-Canada career gave him the opportunity of living and working in many parts of Canada and visiting even more.
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Calgary, Mr. McEwen attended the University of Calgary, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Following two years of graduate study in Canadian politics, he spent two years in private broadcasting, and then joined CBC/Radio-Canada in Calgary.
Mr. McEwen was the President of Digital Radio Research (DRRI) Inc., from 1993 to December 1997, co-chaired the Ministers Task Force on Digital Radio in 1992/93 and then chaired a subsequent Task Force on the Implementation of Digital Television in Canada from 1995 to 1997. He was Chair and President of the North American National Broadcasters Association from 1990 to 1996. McEwen has also been a member of the European Broadcasting Union Program Council and has provided advice and strategies to a number of broadcasters on new media/convergence, multiple platform delivery, digital and HDTV implementation, and local/regional services.
He was a member of the IBC Council for twenty years, advising this annual gathering on industry trends and issues.
McEwen has published a number of papers and strategies over the last number of years:
- The Next Generation of Television: A Major Paper for the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2015
- Change is in the Air: Future IP Production and Delivery for Television, Broadcast Dialogue October 2014
- The Next Generation of Television and Radio, Broadcast Dialogue November 2013
- The Broadcaster Treaty and Why It Matters in the Digital Age, Broadcast Dialogue March 2013
- The North American Broadcaster Agenda Challenges and Opportunities, Broadcast Dialogue May 2012
- The Global Broadcast Summit, A Proposal for a Gathering of Industry leaders prepared for Media Asset Capital and BPL ltd. 2011
- Broadcasting in Crisis; A Global Meltdown: Broadcast Dialogue March 2010
- Technology: A Disaster in the Making or an Opportunity for Renewal (with Jeremy Bancroft) Broadcast Dialogue Sept. 2009
- The Digital Transition: In Search of the Holy Grail; Cover Page Article Broadcast Dialogue February 2009
- Distribution and Carriage Regulation a policies; A Global Survey for the CRTC, 2007/08
- Diversity and Media Ownership: A Global Assessment for the CRTC, 2007
- An Assessment of Canada’s Digital Transition for Industry Canada, 2006
- Digital Television Strategies and Policies: A Global Review for the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), 2006
- Freedom of Expression and Journalism on the Internet on behalf of the World Broadcast Unions, 2004
- Task Force on the Implementation of Digital Television in Canada, 1997
- Task Force on Digital Radio for the Canadian Government, 1993
McEwen is a recognized Panelist, Panel Chair, and Keynote Speaker at various broadcast industry gatherings and conferences including the IBC, NAB and IIC.