IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE CANADA! 75 days to celebrate 75 years of public broadcasting in Canada

August 18, 2011

Canada’s public broadcaster is celebrating its 75th anniversary on November 2, 2011. Today, CBC/Radio-Canada announced the details of 75 days of multiplatform programs and events that will mark the occasion.

Highlights include a special two-hour documentary airing this weekend, dedicated programming, interactive websites, contests, exhibits, special memorabilia and, on October 1, open house or community events in 32 cities across the country (see accompanying backgrounders for programming details).

“For 75 years, the public broadcaster has had a relationship with Canadians built on trust, giving a voice to the stories and issues that matter to them,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “In the same year as we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we’ve also geared up for the future of public broadcasting in Canada. On February 1, 2011, we unveiled 2015: Everyone, Every way, our strategic plan to deepen our relationship with Canadians, and remain a leader in an ever-changing media environment. I invite you to take ownership of these celebrations and reaffirm the role that CBC/Radio-Canada has in your life."

Anniversary celebrations kick off this weekend with the premiere of the documentary 1 Day, a documentary portrait of Canadians created with the participation of Canadians.

“For 75 years, CBC has celebrated the stories of Canadians and has connected people through the telling of important stories made for, and by, Canadians,” explains Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice President, English Services. “Throughout our anniversary celebrations, we’re going to continue to share these relevant Canadian stories across all of CBC’s media platforms, as well as in communities across the country.

“Radio-Canada has for 75 years been central to the cultural and democratic life of Canadians, as witnessed in the special programming we’ve lined up to mark this key anniversary,” says Sylvain Lafrance, Executive Vice President of French Services. "Throughout the festivities, we not only want to celebrate our heritage, but also to look ahead and try to envision our future as a public broadcaster.”

Over the next 75 days, CBC/Radio-Canada will also host panels and exhibits in partnership with Canadian cultural institutions including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Library and Archives Canada. As well, the Royal Canadian Mint will soon issue a collector coin honouring the 75th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada for sale to the general public.

“The partnerships developed for the 75th anniversary are reflective of CBC/Radio-Canada’s involvement in the communities and of both the value and relevance of the public broadcaster in Canada beyond its broadcast activities,” added Mr. Lacroix.

Backgrounders (programming details):

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A comprehensive calendar of all anniversary-related programming and events will be posted at www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/75 on Monday, August 22.

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.


For more information:

CBC: Jeremy Katz
Veritas Communications
(416) 482-2248
katz@veritascanada.com

Radio-Canada: Marc Pichette
Director, Public Relations, Promotions and Partnerships
(514) 597-4342
marc.pichette@radio-canada.ca

Corporate: Angus McKinnon
Manager, Media Relations and Issues Management
(613) 288-6235
angus.mckinnon@cbc.ca

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