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NOTICE: Licence renewal hearings have been delayed by the CRTC until November 19, 2012; the intervention process is therefore suspended until further notice.

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July 12, 2011
CRTC postpones CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal hearings

The CRTC announced on July 8, 2011, its decision to postpone CBC/Radio-Canada’s hearings from September 2011 until June 2012.

This postponement was not requested by CBC/Radio-Canada. We were ready to go and looking forward to the hearings.

Shortly thereafter, the CRTC announced it was immediately closing the public file for interventions, which had allowed Canadians to write to the CRTC to express their opinions about the national public broadcaster’s services and strategic directions.

On behalf of CBC/Radio-Canada, I want to thank all those who have taken the time to write to the CRTC. Thousands of Canadians have used the opportunity to share their thoughts on the public broadcaster and the role it plays. The support we’ve received over the past few weeks has been tremendous. Rest assured that the CRTC has promised to keep and consider the interventions already received, accepted and filed on the public file.

For those who had not yet had the opportunity to write, your chance will come again. The CRTC has confirmed that they will set a new date on February 1, 2012, for the hearing as well as new deadlines for filing interventions and replies.

So stay tuned – I will be back in touch to let you know when the process opens up again and hope to count on your support at that time.

In the meantime, an important conversation has begun with Canadians which is at the heart of the kind of engagement that we have advocated in our strategic plan, 2015: Everyone, Every way, the plan which we have begun to put into effect for Canadians and on which our licence renewal application is based.

That conversation shouldn’t end now. We invite you to log your thoughts and opinions on our blog at http://cbcrcblog.com.

Hubert T. Lacroix
President and CEO