CBC/Radio-Canada hosted its fourth Annual Public Meeting today, live from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
It’s been quite a year for the public broadcaster, with the continued implementation of its 2015 plan, including the launch of new stations and digital services, record audience numbers, a $115 million budget reduction and the loss of the Local Programming Improvement Fund – all against a backdrop of sweeping change in the broadcasting industry.
Chair of the Board of Directors Rémi Racine, President and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix, and Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Morris provided highlights of 2011–2012 and an overview of the Corporation’s direction for the current fiscal year and for the future.
“The Annual Public Meeting is a key aspect of accountability and transparency, attributes that are central to our philosophy and critical to our credibility,” said Mr. Racine. “This event is also an opportunity to connect with Canadians and exchange ideas about the national public broadcaster.”
Mr. Lacroix, for his part, talked about the media ecosystem in which the public broadcaster operates and reviewed the challenges facing CBC/Radio-Canada as it moves forward with the implementation of its five-year strategy 2015: Everyone, Every way.
“Canada needs a strong public broadcaster and with our licence renewal hearings set to begin on November 19, Canadians have an opportunity to remind the CRTC of the importance of the Canadian programming we bring to them,” he said. “While Strategy 2015 sets out our vision for the future of Canada’s national public broadcaster, we need a more streamlined regulatory framework and the ability to generate new revenue to enable our progress and allow us to maintain our presence no matter what degree of industry consolidation may happen or how fast technology and demographics might evolve.”
In addition, as part of a special presentation, The National correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, On Point host and provincial affairs reporter David Cochrane, Téléjournal head anchor Céline Galipeau, and Marketplace co-host Tom Harrington were on hand to discuss the value of public broadcasting.
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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.