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Good evening and welcome to CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Public Meeting!
I am delighted to see so many people gathered here today for this important event.
Many thanks as well to everyone from the Moncton area who came out tonight.
And welcome to those watching the webcast at home.
As you know, the theme for this year’s discussion is “Public Broadcasting in the Digital Age – Seizing All Opportunities.”
Tonight is a chance to discuss the future of CBC/Radio-Canada together.
Personally, I feel confident about this future.
This fall, ICI Radio-Canada Télé launched its new season with a bang.
Our special broadcast of En direct de l’univers with Céline Dion drew over 1,170,000 viewers.
And we rolled out a new daily series, District 31, which caught the attention of 850 000 viewers on its first broadcast and has a loyal following.
On the CBC side, the second season of Still Standing continues to showcase Canada’s small towns, while Kim’s Convenience, which premieres on October 2, will take us elsewhere – to Toronto – to tell the story of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store.
Our enlightening current affairs shows are still there, including L’heure du monde on ICI Radio-Canada Première.
And back for a second season is Someone Knows Something, one of our most popular podcasts on iTunes in Canada and the US.
It’s yet another example of the incredible reach of digital.
Acadian entrepreneurs know a thing or two about that, thanks to Acadie Inc. – a portal we created less than a year ago to showcase the region’s top companies and business leaders.
It’s inspiring to see the progress we’ve made in adapting to a shifting media landscape.
In 2014, we launched a digitally focused strategy to keep pace with Canadians’ changing media habits.
And, two years later, we can already see tangible results.
I’d like to say hello to my fellow Board members here in Moncton today, and thank them for their contribution to this strategy for the future.
They hail from all parts of Canada and share the same determination to make CBC/Radio-Canada the public space of tomorrow.
An even more dynamic, digital space, where Canadians can go to get informed, enlightened, and entertained, or gather to discuss and debate.
I’d also like to thank our CBCers and Radio-Canadiens – people with talent, vision and passion – who work tirelessly to enable our transformation, while continuing to produce world-class content.
Naturally, we shouldn’t underestimate the obstacles that still lie ahead – and they are considerable.
But the important thing is to recognize that there’s a place for a national public broadcaster that tells Canadians’ stories – and more so than ever in the digital age.
To talk a bit more about this, I now pass you over to my colleague and friend, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO – Hubert Lacroix!