TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Continuing the promise of its five-year
strategic plan Everyone, Every Way, CBC announced today it will
introduce new radio and internet services for the London area
commencing in fall of 2012.
"London is a vibrant and growing city. It makes sense for the public
broadcaster to grow with the city. Our aim is to deepen our
relationship in London, and we're delighted to be able to enhance and
expand our service in the city, next year," says Susan Marjetti, CBC
Managing Director of Toronto and Ontario Regions. "We're aiming to
offer local service which reflects and connects the urban nature of
London, the top local news of the day, arts and culture, and the city's
diverse make-up. We look forward to sharing the details with everyone,
as our plans are developed between now and our 2012 launch."
"We are thrilled with the news of increased local CBC presence here in
London" says Mayor Joe Fontana. "This move will mean our region will be
given a new voice with more 'on the ground' coverage that will reflect
the vibrancy of our city and all it has to offer. "
"We're delighted to become a closer part of the London community through
our ongoing plan to improve services to Canadians," says Kirstine
Stewart, executive vice-president of CBC English Services. "People
across the country tell us that local service is what they want. So as
a public broadcaster, it's our job to meet that expectation, evolving
the ways in which we deliver our services as well as creating new ones.
London will be a great example."
"I'm very happy to see the momentum continuing for our Everyone, Every
way strategy," says Hubert T. Lacroix, president and chief executive
officer of CBC/Radio-Canada. "Announcing new local services confirms
that we are committed to delivering on our promise of a stronger
relationship with Canadians. With new delivery models, CBC/Radio-Canada
continues to evolve into a modern and agile public broadcaster."
Details about the new London service will be announced in coming months,
More than 7 million Canadians live in large population centres that are
either unserved or underserved by CBC; the public broadcaster's
strategic plan is aimed at reaching approximately 6 million Canadians
with new or expanded local services over the next four years. In May,
CBC made announcements for weekend news in Toronto and Calgary and
unveiled plans for new services in Kelowna, Kamloops and Victoria.
Other recent announcements have included Edmonton, Halifax, St. John's,
Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa.
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
For further information:
Jeff Keay, CBC Media Relations, 416 205 3987, firstname.lastname@example.org