OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - CBC/Radio-Canada appeared before the CRTC
today to conclude two weeks of public hearings on the renewal of its
television and radio broadcasting licences.
The Corporation used the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the
essential and unique role that the public broadcaster plays in the
Canadian broadcasting system, the challenges it faces in fulfilling
that role, and the need for regulatory flexibility and additional
revenue opportunities to meet those challenges.
"We have a clear mandate from Parliament and a clear vision of where
we're going," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of
CBC/Radio-Canada. "Most of the people that appeared before the
Commission over the past two weeks want us to do more of what we're
doing: more Canadian programs, more documentaries, more original
programs, more children's programming, more regional reflection of
their interests, more exposure to their communities or artists."
"We've made very strong regulatory commitments on which we will deliver
over the licence term," continued Lacroix. "What we are seeking, given
the changes in the broadcast environment, is a more flexible regulatory
framework to allow us to evolve with the landscape, along with the
ability to self-generate new revenues that will allow us to continue
offering the service that Canadians expect and deserve from their
"What we saw over the past few weeks was a passion for, interest in and
relevance of the national public broadcaster. We appreciate this
enthusiasm for our services and hope that the Commission will see in
our proposals a serious and credible attempt to reconcile all of these
demands with our mandate and our economic reality," concluded Lacroix.
CBC/Radio-Canada looks forward to the CRTC's decision, which is expected
to take several months to deliver.
For further information on the Corporation's application, on the licence
renewal process, and for speaking notes, please visit: http://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/explore/strategies/licence-renewal/
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
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