CBC/Radio-Canada French Services is enhancing its 24/7 television news and information offering by adding a weekend edition of the Téléjournal Est du Québec newscast, with broadcasts to begin this fall. The Corporation also plans to create five new positions to round out its team of professionals in Eastern Quebec, and make further investments in its facilities, including the relocation of its production centre in Matane and addition of a satellite truck.
With these initiatives, CBC/Radio-Canada will be equipped to deploy more resources in the field and better inform, enlighten and entertain its audiences from morning to evening, on weekdays as well as weekends. Since the 2012 opening of its Eastern Quebec Broadcast Centre, the public broadcaster has invested more than $10 million in Eastern Quebec.
“Radio-Canada is engaging with the region as never before, making every effort to remain relevant, innovative and captivating,” says Patricia Pleszczynska, Executive Director, Première Chaîne and Regional Services, adding: “We are remaining true to our vision, and are prepared to meet the full ranges of challenges stemming from changing audience habits and expectations, as well as from evolving production methods. These projects further strengthen our 2015: Everyone, Every way strategic plan, which puts regions at the core of our our priorities.”
“Our team will work in a setting conducive to real-time delivery of news and information on Radio, TV and the Web, and that allows us to give our audiences what they expect from us: coverage of local, national and international news presented with rigour and passion, featuring stories that concern them or have an impact on their everyday lives, on the platform that best meets their needs at any given moment,” adds Denis Langlois, Senior Manager, French Services, Eastern Quebec.
Matane Production Centre relocation
The Production Centre will be moving into modern premises in downtown Matane, close to the action. This will enable Radio-Canada to enhance its contribution to regional news and information in Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, while more actively assuring the region’s presence in national broadcasts when it comes to issues affecting local residents as well as all Canadians. Members of the public will be invited to visit the new facility and meet broadcast artists at an open-house event on September 12 (details to come).
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