Government of Canada reaffirmed investment in CBC/Radio-Canada

June 6, 2011

CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to see that the Government of Canada today reaffirmed its investment in CBC/Radio-Canada in the 2011/2012 Federal Budget , including the $60 million in funding for Canadian programming initiatives that the public broadcaster has been receiving since 2001.

"This is great news for Canadian programming on all platforms and for our partners in the creative community," says Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. "The continued stability in funding is crucial to pursuing the implementation of our five-year strategy 2015: Everyone, Every way and its promise of a deeper relationship between the public broadcaster and Canadians.”

Since CBC/Radio-Canada first set out its strategic plan in February, many initiatives have been unveiled. Radio-Canada has already launched a number of apps, including the very successful TOU.TV iPhone/iPad app; revamped and re-launched radio-canada.ca; and announced the launch of EXPLORA on December 1, 2011, the new French language specialty service dedicated to science, health, nature and the environment.

CBC has re-launched its CBC News site, including new mobile apps; launched a CBC TV iPad app; and announced the first details of its plan to increase its regional presence by introducing or improving service to more than six million Canadians over the next four years.

Today’s confirmation of stable funding for 2011/2012 will enable the public broadcaster to continue pushing forward.

CBC/Radio-Canada is also pleased that the Government is renewing its investment of $100 million in the Canada Media Fund. This Fund is vital to the ability of independent producers to continue creating new Canadian programs that the public broadcaster showcases in prime time – when most Canadians want to watch them.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

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. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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