Representatives of CBC/Radio-Canada presented their position on the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) today in an appearance before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as part of the Committee’s study on the future of the Fund.
"We are relieved to see that the Minister and the CRTC have taken action to ensure that all players in the broadcasting system play by the rules and respect their regulatory obligations," CBC/Radio-Canada President and CEO, Robert Rabinovitch said. "Given the importance of the Fund to the broadcasting system, it is vital that all stakeholders, including independent producers, are part of any discussion – at the CRTC or elsewhere – of any changes affecting support for Canadian production."
CBC/Radio-Canada does not receive any money from the Fund, however, 37 per cent of the CTF’s budget for productions is earmarked for CBC/Radio-Canada because it is the single largest investor in original Canadian programming. The envelope recognizes that CBC/Radio-Canada is the only broadcaster with the "shelf space" to offer mostly Canadian programs when Canadians are watching television, that is during prime time – which is one of the key objectives of the Fund.
Background on the value the Fund contributes to the Canadian broadcasting system, along with the opening remarks in full, is available online.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 29 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.
Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its international Radio service, Radio Canada International, and in eight languages on its Web-based Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to Canada.