Hosted by veteran journalist Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC's award-winning radio program The Current is the number-one radio interview program
in the country, reaching nearly 2.3 million Canadians each week. It is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on current
issues that affect Canadians.
"At The Current, we strive to bring our audience stories that encourage them to think about our world and our society in ways
they might not have considered," said Anna Maria Tremonti. "This project will give people who are Deaf or hard of hearing an
opportunity to join us in that process and to be part of a larger conversation about what is happening around us. I am delighted to be part of the effort
to open that door to this important group of Canadians."
"This is a first for CBC Radio and unique in Canadian media," said Heather Conway, executive vice president, English Services, CBC. "By forging a deeper
connection between traditional radio and the digital sphere, CBC is leading the way in providing all Canadians with unprecedented ways to access vital,
distinctly Canadian radio conversations."
CBC produces a number of internationally renowned, award-winning documentaries each year, many of which are broadcast on The Current. By offering these documentaries in ASL-interpretation, CBC expects to engage and entertain Deaf audiences in an
exciting new way, in many cases in their preferred language (ASL) for the first time.
Daily transcripts of The Currentwill be easily accessible through the program's website for Canadians to read, print
and share. In addition to benefitting the Deaf
and hard of hearing community, transcripts will also boast significant benefits to society in general. Many listeners contact The Current each month to request program transcripts. The requests come from a wide variety of Canadians including
post-secondary students and professors, new citizens looking to enhance and develop their working English, and engaged listeners simply wanting to learn
more. Making transcripts available on a daily basis will benefit an array of citizens with and without disabilities.
CBC seeks to serve and include all Canadians and is constantly working to make all its media platforms accessible for everyone.
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 new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future
generations. Through to 2020, it 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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