CBC/Radio-Canada puts surplus transmission assets up for sale

August 30, 2012, Ottawa

CBC/Radio-Canada is looking for buyers for surplus transmission assets related to the recent shutdown of its analogue television transmission network. The Corporation has retained, through RFP, the services of Capital Canada Limited to manage the sales process.

The assets for sale consist of land, transmission towers, analogue television transmission equipment, and related buildings, located at 100 different sites across the country.

On July 31, 2012, CBC/Radio-Canada shut down its analogue over-the-air television transmission network, a measure implemented by the Corporation to deal with a recent reduction of its parliamentary appropriation.

A total of 607 transmitters were shutdown across Canada. Only a small portion of the sites at which those transmitters were located are now for sale. Many of the decommissioned transmitters were operating at sites where the CBC/Radio-Canada was leasing space from another company. Others are located at sites that the Corporation owns, but will continue to use in order to broadcast radio and/or digital television signals.

All proceeds from the sales – along with the $10 million in operating costs that the Corporation will save as a result of the shutting down of its transmitters – will be used to support the creation of Canadian programming.

A list of assets is available from Capital Canada Limited. All interested parties are asked to contact Capital Canada Limited directly at the coordinates available below.

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.

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