CBC/Radio-Canada held its third Annual Public Meeting this afternoon at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The event also allowed the public broadcaster to mark its 75th anniversary, officially being celebrated on this day.
Chair of the Board of Directors Timothy Casgrain, President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix, and Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Morris provided highlights of 2010–2011 and an overview of the Corporation's direction for the current fiscal year and for the future.
This year, foreign correspondents Nahlah Ayed, Anyck Béraud, Jean-François Bélanger and Paul Hunter also participated in the meeting to reflect on the past year's events on the international front.
“Today, November 2, marks the Corporation’s 75th anniversary. This anniversary is also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of public broadcasting in Canada, and to say thank you to Canadians for their ongoing support,” said Mr. Casgrain. “The Annual Public Meeting confirms the importance of transparency and accountability to CBC/Radio-Canada and reaffirms its commitment to serving Canadians.”
Mr. Lacroix used the opportunity to outline the Corporation’s five-year strategy, Everyone, Every way and provide an update on progress so far.
“Our strategic plan gives us the means to deepen our relationship with Canadians. Our vision is ambitious – to be the recognized leader in expressing Canadian culture and to enrich the democratic life of all Canadians. We will achieve this in three ways – with more Canadian content, enhanced presence in the regions and by being leaders on the web. We are well on our way.”
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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, 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.