The CRTC informed CBC/Radio-Canada today that the Corporation’s licence renewal hearings will be held this Fall, starting November 19.
“Over the last year and a half, we have been successfully rolling out our five-year plan, Everyone, Every way and we now have the opportunity to see that our conditions of license enable the continued transformation of the public broadcaster” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “Last month, following the Federal Budget, we announced a comprehensive plan to deal with our financial situation. To continue delivering on our five-year strategy in that context, we need a flexible regulatory framework that will support us as we move to become more distinctly Canadian, more regional and more digital.”
It’s been 12 years since CBC/Radio-Canada’s licences were last renewed. During this time, broadcasting technology and consumer demand and expectation have changed exponentially. At the same time, significant vertical integration has occurred in the Canadian broadcasting industry, making the stakes for public broadcasting in Canada very high this time around.
The license renewal covers CBC/Radio-Canada's radio and television network licences (English and French television networks, Radio One and Radio Two, Premiere Chaine and Espace Musique) and specialty programming licences (bold, CBCNN, RDI, ARTV and documentary).
CBC/Radio-Canada’s CRTC application to introduce advertising and sponsorship to CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique will be considered at the same time.
All interventions filed last year by Canadians in support of this renewal file will continue to form part of the record and will be considered at the November 2012 hearing.
The Corporation will file updates to its renewal applications by July 16, 2012. The Commission will announce the new deadlines for Canadians to participate.
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