November 24, 2010 - CBC/Radio-Canada opens its doors to the public for another Open House Food Bank Day. Local personalities such as Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko and Rick Cluff will be joined this year by some of CBC's most popular network personalities to help raise funds for food banks in BC.
Peter Mansbridge, iconic host of CBC's The National, will be leading a team of network stars including Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio's Q, George Stroumboulopoulos from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Jim Treliving from Dragons' Den.
"Last year's event was a huge success with thousands of people touring the building and meeting our local personalities," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "This year, the public will also have the opportunity to meet their network personalities who are excited to join us in this great cause."
The event will begin with a live broadcast of The Early Edition at 5:30 am and continue broadcasting live for most of the day including CBC News Vancouver at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm. The public will be able to participate in tours of the building, including a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom, meet CBC hosts and reporters and get a chance to try hosting the news in CBC's Studio 60 until 8:00 pm. The evening will end with a live concert with Barney Bentall and The Grand Cariboo Opry.
The CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre, located at 700 Hamilton Street, has raised funds for food banks around the province for the last 23 years. Last year, the event celebrated the opening of the newly designed building and raised more than $600,000 for local food banks, the majority of which were by individual donations.
Food Bank volunteers will be on site accepting donations. Donations can be made online now at www.cbc.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday.
To make a donation to the Food Bank, and for more information about CBC/Radio-Canada's Open House & Food Bank Day go to www.cbc.ca/bc/openhouse-foodbankday. You can follow us on twitter at @CBCVancouver and #cbcopenhouse and on Facebook at facebook.com/VancouverCBC and the public can also check in on Foursquare at the CBC Shop for a free button.
For more information, please contact:
Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications