Flexible regulatory framework delivers results: CBC/Radio-Canada reports on its first year under new CRTC licence

December 3, 2014, Ottawa

In September 2013, CBC/Radio-Canada began to operate under its new Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) licence. This licence supports the Corporation in fulfilling its essential and unique role in Canada’s media system. This week, CBC/Radio-Canada filed its first set of reports with the CRTC that detail how the Corporation is delivering on its regulatory requirements. Overall, the public broadcaster is pleased to report that it has met or exceeded all of its obligations.

Even as the public broadcaster continues to face financial and other challenges in the broadcast environment, the Corporation is providing programming that unites Canadians across the country and delivering on its promise to focus on the local needs of Official Language Minority Communities (OLCM). This is wholly thanks to the dedication and hard work of CBC/Radio-Canada employees across the country.

“All of our employees are working hard to meet the changing needs and demands of our audiences while advancing our new strategy,” says Steven Guiton, Vice-President Technology and Chief Regulatory Officer. “The results of our first year under our new licence shows that it’s paying off.”

In its report to the CRTC, CBC/Radio-Canada gives an overview of the consultation process it is undertaking, as promised, with both English and French OLCMs across the country. As Mr. Guiton points out, “The purpose of these discussions is to exchange ideas, to bring the public broadcaster closer to its audiences and, most importantly, to ensure the needs of these communities are reflected in our programming.” According to the Corporation’s 2013/14 perception survey, over 70% of anglophones and francophones living in OLMCs believe that the public broadcaster’s programming offers original, innovative, quality Canadian content that reflects their region.

Key to CBC/Radio-Canada’s new licence decision was its commitment to the independent production community and to delivering Canadians a wide variety of programming in prime time. “Content creators and producers count on the public broadcaster to be a catalyst for the Canadian industry.” says Mr. Guiton. “Over the past year, we have broadcast programs from 237 independent producers from 24 cities all across the country. We’re really proud of that, and of our resulting schedules, which showcase a great diversity of genres, talent, places, and points of view.”

Now, as the public broadcaster works to modernize itself, as outlined in its new five-year strategy A space for us all, the flexibility of its conditions of licence will continue to allow the public broadcaster the room it needs to transform, while at the same time maintaining its commitment to Canadians.

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.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s strategy to transform the public broadcaster, and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians, now and for future generations. Through to 2020, the Corporation will increase its investment in prime-time television programming and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

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