CBC/Radio-Canada's statement on the acquisition of Astral Media by BCE

March 16, 2012

Before this transaction, CBC/Radio-Canada was the only national conventional television broadcaster in the country not owned by a cable or satellite company. Now it becomes the only national radio network not owned by a vertically integrated conglomerate.

The vast majority of the media content in Canada is controlled by four companies – Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Quebecor – who have massive influence on our broadcasting system and dominant market power.

This latest development underlines the importance of a strong, independent public broadcaster in Canada and a regulatory environment that ensures a level playing field and fosters diversity in the media offer available to Canadians over the long term.

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

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