Further to CBC/Radio-Canada's request, the Commission has administratively renewed all of CBC/Radio-Canada's licences for one year, until 31 August 2010, subject to the same terms and conditions as those contained in the current licences.
This administrative renewal covers the network licences for CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, Première Chaîne, Espace musique, all of the licences for the originating stations and the associated re-transmitters, the specialty television licences of ARTV, bold, documentary, CBC Newsworld and Réseau de l’information de Radio-Canada (RDI), as well as the pay audio programming undertaking, Galaxie.
It had been the CRTC's intention to require CBC/Radio-Canada to file renewal applications for these services in May 2009 and to proceed with a public hearing to consider renewal applications in September 2009. A one-year administrative renewal is consistent with the Commission's revised regulatory timetable that is intended to permit a review of major policy issues affecting the conventional television business. The outcome of these proceedings will have a material impact on CBC/Radio-Canada's licence renewal plans for its services.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.