A new chapter begins at the National NewsMedia Council

The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) is pleased to announce enhanced roles for its two staff members following the retirement of Pat Perkel, the organization’s inaugural executive director, effective April 30, 2021. 

Effective today, Brent Jolly has been appointed to serve as the NNC’s new managing director and will oversee day-to-day operations. Cara Sabatini will continue to serve in her role as director of dispute resolution, coordinating and supporting the resolution of  public complaints. John Fraser continues to serve as the NNC’s executive chair. 

“Under the  direction of Pat Perkel and her team, the NNC has in barely five years established itself in the front ranks of media councils everywhere and has earned the trust of both the public and the journalistic profession and industry in Canada,” said Fraser. 

“Speaking on behalf of the entire council board, we couldn’t be more pleased at this transition in the continuing evolution of the NNC’s championing of journalistic standards, media ethics, and news literacy.”

Both Jolly and Sabatini have worked with the NNC for several years. Jolly joined the NNC in 2016, while Sabatini joined the NNC in 2017. 

Fraser said NNC members – and the public – can continue to expect the timely, thoughtful service they have come to expect from the NNC over the past several years.