CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal hearings delayed by CRTC

July 8, 2011

CBC/Radio-Canada was informed today by the CRTC that the Commission has decided to postpone the Corporation’s licence renewal hearings – originally scheduled to take place this September 12 to 23, 2011 – until June 4, 2012.

“We were formally advised about the delay today. This was not requested by CBC/Radio-Canada. Nonetheless, we look forward to the opportunity to make our case for the future of CBC/Radio-Canada next year,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “This delay allows us to continue rolling out our five-year plan, Everyone, Every way, and will let the Commission and Canadians see for themselves the improvements we have in store for the public broadcaster.”

It’s important to note that all interventions filed to date in this process as well as new interventions filed before July 18 will continue to form part of the record and will be considered at the June 2012 hearing.

CBC/Radio-Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of Canadians who have taken the time over the past three weeks to write the CRTC in support of its application and of its plan for the future.

“The support we’ve received from Canadians over the past three weeks has been fantastic,” added Lacroix. “We’re encouraging Canadians to keep it up and continue sharing their views and opinions with the CRTC.”

For further information on the Corporation application and to learn more about the process for sending comments to the CRTC, please visit: www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/crtclicence

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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