MRC Project: CBC/Radio-Canada rejects proposal

May 7, 2015, Montreal

CBC/Radio-Canada has spent the past few weeks reviewing the proposal submitted by the Média Cité consortium for the Montreal Maison de Radio-Canada Development Project.

The analysis conducted by the in-house and external consultants who have been involved throughout the project found significant non-compliance with the public broadcaster’s stated needs. This finding was confirmed by the process auditor.

The Corporation is disappointed. CBC/Radio-Canada recognizes the considerable time and effort put in by the various stakeholders at each stage of the project, but had no other choice under the circumstances than to terminate the tender process.

In the spirit of transparency, details regarding the tender process will be posted shortly on the CBC/Radio-Canada corporate website. Some information that is competitive in nature, that belongs to third parties or that will be used for potential scenarios cannot be disclosed, however.

The issue of what to do with the current building must still be resolved.

CBC/Radio-Canada requires facilities that are better suited to the needs of a modern public broadcaster. Occupying the Tower costs the Corporation a lot of money, since it must cover facility maintenance and operating costs for a building that’s too large and in need of major renovations and investments.

With this goal in mind, CBC/Radio-Canada will be working over the next few weeks to update the alternate scenarios for MRC. The studies and analyses conducted to date by CBC/Radio-Canada will be useful for this exercise, which begins immediately. However, the Corporation needs to review the overall project plan before releasing any details.

CBC/Radio-Canada will continue to keep the public informed of developments as they occur.

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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