CBC/Radio-Canada disappointed by FIFA decision for 2015 -2022 broadcast rights

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada today expressed their disappointment with The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)'s decision to award Canadian broadcasting rights from 2015 through to 2022 to Bell Media.

"Keeping in mind our responsibility to the stakeholders of CBC, we put forward a strong, highly competitive and financially responsible bid," said Kirstine Stewart, executive vice president, CBC English Services. "Bell Media submitted a higher bid and was chosen for the 2015-2022 FIFA events."

"We are obviously disappointed by FIFA's decision," said Louis Lalande, acting executive vice-president, French Services, Radio-Canada. "We remain Canada's official broadcaster of FIFA events until 2014 and preparations are already underway for our coverage of upcoming events including the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil."

As CBC/Radio-Canada's current broadcast rights deal with FIFA doesn't conclude until 2014 there's still more soccer action to come from the public broadcaster, with coverage of a wide range of events including the 2012 and 2013 FIFA Men's and Women's U-20 and U-17 World Cups, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA Men's World Cup in Brazil, across all of its platforms.

"We had a tremendous response to our coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany; we look forward to building on that success with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Our commitment to the beautiful game in Canada goes beyond just what you see or hear on our various platforms. Soccer is the #1 participatory sport in Canada and we will continue our longstanding commitment to fostering the growth of the game in this country through grassroots initiatives like, Soccer Day in Canada and Sports Day in Canada," Said Stewart.

SOCCER ON CBC/RADIO-CANADA 20012 - 2014:

Broadcast schedules to be determined

2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2012 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup
2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
2014 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
2014 FIFA World Cup

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.

For further information:

Chuck Thompson
CBC Sports.
416-205-3747
Chuck.Thompson@cbc.ca