CBC to Launch a Next Generation, Local Digital Service In Hamilton, Ontario

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Continuing the promise of its five-year strategic plan Everyone, Every Way, CBC today announced that Hamilton, Ontario will be the home of a new digital service that will put all that the city, and the CBC, has to offer at Hamiltonians' finger tips, commencing in spring of 2012.

"As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we're proud to be announcing the upcoming launch of our groundbreaking Hamilton service, establishing a new era in the way Canadians can connect with their community and each other," says Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president for English Services. "Just as CBC was an innovation leader in the earliest days of radio and television, we're continuing to lead the way with this new service that will connect Hamiltonians to their neighbourhood, their city, their country and CBC whenever and wherever they are in a way no one else is doing in Canada."

"We've wanted to be a part of Hamilton for many years," says Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief of CBC News, with responsibility for CBC Centres.   "We've explored many options for how to best serve the community.  We're happy that, beginning next spring, we'll be establishing a digital CBC station that will put everything Hamilton has to offer in one place with news, information and conversations that matters most to Hamiltonians, right down to the street level".

"This decision properly reflects our City's place among great Canadian Cities. The CBC has been a building block of our country and the new presence in Hamilton will help us in the 21st Century renewal of our City," says Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina.

The new digital service will provide an up to the minute, as well as a "look ahead", view, of local news, weather, events and other "need to know" information.  It will connect Hamiltonians to their community at large and it will all be accessible through smartphones, desktop/laptop computers and tablet devices.

"We've made tremendous progress in the execution of Everyone, Every Way, our strategic plan with the recent announcements of expanded, or new, local services across the country," says Hubert T. Lacroix, president and chief executive officer of CBC/Radio-Canada. "This new digital service for Hamiltonians is a true reflection of our promise to Canadians, of not only delivering vital news and community information where and when they want it, but strengthening their relationship with their community through the use of new technologies."

Hamiltonians can sign up for updates about the new service at http://cbc-radiocanada.ca/strategy2015/our-progress-report.shtml

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 is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

SOURCE CBC Communications

For further information:

Chris Ball, CBC Media Relations, 416 205 7831, chris.ball@cbc.ca

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