Ottawa, October 20, 2010 – CBC/Radio-Canada held its second Annual Public Meeting this morning in Ottawa. Canadians from across the country participated via live webcast.
Tim W. Casgrain, Chair of the Board of Directors; Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO; and Suzanne Morris, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, were on hand to review the highlights of 2009–2010 and provide an overview of the Corporation’s direction for the current fiscal year and for the future.
“The Board of Directors played a key role in seeing CBC/Radio-Canada through a very difficult period,” said Mr. Casgrain. “We successfully overcame many challenges and managed to come out of the year stronger, more focused and more financially sound than we were at the outset.”
Mr. Lacroix used the opportunity to highlight the importance of a strong and relevant CBC/Radio-Canada in light of the continuing transformation of Canada’s media industry:
"Recent changes in our industry leave CBC/Radio-Canada as the country’s only national television broadcaster not owned by a cable or satellite company. What’s clear to me is that the continued concentration of ownership in Canada’s media industry reinforces the need for strong, independent public broadcasting in Canada. It also underlines the need for a regulatory environment that guarantees an open system where Canadians have access to a wide range of programming, including ours, regardless of who owns the distribution channels.”
“We want what Canadians want: a vibrant CBC/Radio-Canada that gives voice to a creative nation,” continued Lacroix.
CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting permits the Corporation to forge closer ties with the public, to show greater transparency in its management of public funds and to reaffirm its commitment to serving Canadians.
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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.