CBC/Radio-Canada's Program Policies are intended to provide a firm base for creativity. Broadcast policies enable the Corporation to deal confidently and equitably with all types of external and internal pressures.

The process by which these program policies have been developed and articulated takes into account the power of our medium and the unique role of the national public broadcaster.

The subject matter of program policies, particularly those dealing with abstract themes or controversial topics has to be approached with sensitivity. A consensus on subjects like stereotypes, good taste or violence is not always possible and may be dependant on the perceptions, personality and background of those involved, the nature of the program in question, or the time of broadcast.

The interpretation and the application of CBC/Radio-Canada's Program Policies therefore require the willing effort and good judgement of the supervisors, producers, performers and other program personnel to whom they are entrusted.

CBC/Radio-Canada has also corporate policies and functional directives some of which relate to the program policies. A section at the end of this book reprints related policies from other manuals.

Corporate Secretariat
Ottawa, July 6, 1994

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