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DESPITE CHALLENGES, CBC TV ANNOUNCES A STRONG ROSTER OF CANADIAN SHOWS FOR THE 2012-13 SEASON

Buoyed by very strong ratings last season, CBC Television today announced that 14 Canadian favourites will be returning for the 2012-13 season.  ARCTIC AIR, the hit show which debuted to the largest audience for a drama in 15 years, will fly high again; MR D. will be back in class for a second season; and established prime time favourites will return to the lineup.

"CBC Television's commitment to developing entertaining, engaging Canadian programming was rewarded with record ratings last season," said Christine Wilson, Executive Director, Content Planning for CBC English Services.  "Despite financial challenges, the strength of those returning favourites combined with exciting new titles is setting the stage for an outstanding 2012-13 season."

New programming includes MURDOCH MYSTERIES, produced by Shaftesbury Films; crime drama CRACKED produced by White Pine Pictures; historical drama TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL from the De Angelis Group (and the team behind CAMELOT and THE TUDORS) and OVER THE RAINBOW - the live competition search for theatre's newest Dorothy produced by Temple Street Productions in association with Mirvish Productions.

The list of returning prime time shows is:

22 Minutes
Arctic Air
Doc Zone
Dragons' Den
George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Heartland
Marketplace
Mr. D
Republic of Doyle
The Big Decision
the fifth estate
The Nature of Things
The Rick Mercer Report
The Ron James Show

Full details plus information on specials planned for 2012-13 will be announced in the coming weeks.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
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, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 

For further information, contact:                                                                                       

Chris Ball
Media Relations
CBC English Services
416-205-7831
chris.ball@cbc.ca

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