BBC AND CBC/RADIO-CANADA ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING COLLABORATION

Jul 04, 2019

BBC AND CBC/RADIO-CANADA ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING COLLABORATION

The BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada today announced a commitment to future collaboration across a range of different areas. The agreement was made between Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, and Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada, on the occasion of the 82nd General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union in Oslo, Norway last week.

In a joint statement, Hall and Tait commented:

“In an increasingly global marketplace, Canadian and British audiences want programmes and services about their lives and their culture. In divided times, it’s never been more important to reflect and represent every part of our diverse communities. And in a world where disinformation spreads in a flash, we need public media to bring the whole of society the news and analysis that it can trust – what is really going on and why it matters.”

“As we reinvent how we deliver our services for new generations, we are coming together to share ideas, and our teams are exploring new ways to work together: amplifying our public service missions, bringing our audiences the best ideas, and investing in our local creative industries. Through this partnership we will bring the best stories to audiences across the UK and Canada, and around the world.”

Read the full agreement between the BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada, here.

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About the BBC

The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster. We’re impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world. We do this across a portfolio of television services and ten UK-wide radio networks, providing the best live music broadcasting in the UK, as well as speech radio which informs, educates and entertains. We also have two national radio services each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands, providing an invaluable and unique service to listeners across the UK. Our digital services include BBC News, Sport, Weather, CBBC and CBeebies, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds. Around the globe, BBC World Service is on television, radio and online in more than 40 languages. Our commercial operations include BBC Studios, the BBC’s award-winning production company and world-class distributor, which generates additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

For more information:

BBC:

Press Office – press.office@bbc.co.uk

020 7765 5900

CBC/Radio-Canada:

Kerry Kelly, Public Affairs, kerry.kelly@cbc.ca
tel. 416-205-7831 cell. 416-522-2962