Inauguration of the Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre

August 14, 2012

We’re ready! Radio-Canada will officially open the Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre on August 29. The public is invited to attend the festivities, starting at 4:00 p.m.

With its state-of-the-art HD equipment, the Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre is the most advanced production facility in the country. For people from the Lower St. Lawrence, North Shore and Gaspé–Magdalen Islands, this will mean access to continuous 24-hour regional news, seven days a week, on radio, television and the Web. The Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre will be the first to provide a continuous news ticker on its website.

Executive Director, Regional Services, Patricia Pleszczynska welcomed this long-awaited event: “The Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre is, at long last, no longer a dream but a reality. The public broadcaster has once again demonstrated its commitment to making the regions one of its top priorities. In our fast-paced environment where news is now scooped and delivered continuously, and where intelligent entertainment is part of a growing trend, Radio-Canada can be proud of having this kind of facility, so that it can provide the people of eastern Quebec with quality programming where they want it, when they want it.”

Located at 185 René Lepage Boulevard East in Rimouski, the Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre is not just the broadcast centre for the Téléjournal/Est du Québec newscast, but also a technological control centre. Thanks to the advanced technology, the news teams from three stations and five offices in the Lower St. Lawrence, on the North Shore and in the Gaspé–Magdalen Islands will be more mobile than ever, so that news can be recorded and broadcast as it’s breaking. That will mean close to 5,000 hours of regional production each year.

Denis Langlois, Senior Manager, French Services, Eastern Quebec, noted: “The moment we’ve long been waiting for is not just the end of years of hard work – it’s also the start of a new era. The facilities we’re inaugurating would just be a mass of screens, cables and buttons if it weren’t for the experienced employees we have operating them. Meeting this major challenge is an achievement of our human resources, who crisscross the three regions providing news and entertainment and telling the stories that are happening here and elsewhere – stories that thrill us, and stories that make us think, laugh and sometimes cry. Since everyone has a story, Radio-Canada will talk about everyone. Our viewers are at the heart of what we do,” he added.

You’re at the heart of what we do

Radio-Canada invites TV viewers and radio listeners to take part in our activities and to tune into our special programming for TV, radio and the Web, starting August 13.

L’union fait la force in Rimouski

Come and meet Patrice L’Ecuyer and performers Marie-Hélène Thibault, Réal Bossé, Denis Bernard and Nathalie Mallette, as well as authors Dominique Lévesque and Pierre Huet.

August 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
At Carrefour Rimouski

For the first time in 10 years, L’union fait la force will be taping the show outside its Montreal studios. A total of 15 episodes will be filmed on August 25 and 26 in Rimouski, with six associations from the Lower St. Lawrence, North Shore and Gaspé–Magdalen Islands competing for $2,000.

The competing associations are the École de musique du Bas-Saint-Laurent in Rimouski, the Cercle de Fermières de Cap-Chat, the Comités famille et loisirs de Sainte-Flavie, the Association des pompiers volontaires de Gaspé, the Voix de la Vallée d’Amqui and the vocal ensemble Chœur en sol de Sept-Îles.

These special programs will be broadcast from September 17 to October 5, Monday to Friday, at 5:30 p.m.

Téléjournal/Est du Québec newscast

With new host Marie-Christine Gagnon

Starting August 27 at 6 p.m.
And live from the open house on Wednesday, August 29, at 6:30 p.m.

10 p.m. Téléjournal newscast

With Céline Galipeau
Monday, August 27, at 10 p.m.
Live from Rimouski

Special radio programming

To hear the latest news from the Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre and find out more about what’s on the radio, tune in to Première Chaîne’s regional programs, weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 to 11 a.m., and to Espace musique weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Special Web programming

Profiles, interviews, stories, an events calendar – you’ll find all that and lots more at

Beginning August 30, the inauguration video documenting the official opening will be available for viewing on line.

Come and visit us at the Broadcast Centre!

Wednesday, August 29, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Come and meet Radio-Canada’s artists and craftspeople and tour our new facilities: the Téléjournal newscast studio, with its breathtaking view of the St. Lawrence; the open-plan radio studio, the first of its kind in Canada; the master control room that enables single-handed broadcasting of regional newscasts; and our impressive server room, with its more than 40 km of wiring. And don’t forget to bring your smartphone, so you can download video clips during your visit.

For further details, go to

Coup de cœur competition

Starting October 22, at, you can submit your nominations for Radio-Canada’s Coup de cœur competition to honour someone you feel has done something worthy of special mention. Every week the winner, voted on by the audience, will be invited to appear on one of our regional programs. Keep an eye out for further details in the weeks ahead.

From October 22 to November 30, 2012, at

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