Statement by Mr. Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased that the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, yesterday confirmed additional funding of $60 million for Canadian programming for the public broadcaster for each of the next two fiscal years.
This funding, which the Corporation has received on a one-time yearly basis since 2001, enables CBC/Radio-Canada to continue its significant reinvestment in unique, high-quality programming for Canadians.
That this support is for two years, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, is particularly encouraging. This two-year commitment from Canadians provides a measure of stability, which allows us to plan for the future, enhancing the Canadian programs we can offer across all of our services and platforms.
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.