Galaxie celebrates its 10th anniversary with record number of listeners



    OTTAWA, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, as Galaxie turns 10 years old,
more than six million households in Canada are enjoying the music offered
through CBC/Radio-Canada's Continuous Music Network. With more than half of
these households tuning in each month, according to a 2006 Media Technology
Monitor survey, Galaxie makes discovering new artists more accessible to a
growing number of Canadians.
    "With more listeners than ever tuning in to Galaxie each month, the
survey confirms that, 10 years in, the strength and relevance of the service
continues to grow," said Eric Albert, General Manager of Galaxie. "Galaxie is
well-placed to benefit from changes in media consumption because it is already
seeing growing listenership beyond television, including commercial
establishments who use the Galaxie service to create the perfect environment
for their customers."
    Galaxie in numbers:

    
    - 6.5 million: number of music titles that are played each year.
    - 6.2 million: number of Canadian households that subscribe to Galaxie.
    - 1.5 million: average number of subscribers who listen to Galaxie each
      week.
    - $4 million plus: amount dedicated to supporting the work of Rising
      Stars winners and music organizations in Canada since 1997. The Galaxie
      Rising Stars program of CBC/Radio-Canada is designed to discover,
      encourage and promote new artists.
    - 600 plus: number of Canadian artists who have received a Rising Stars
      award under Galaxie's music development program.
    - Close to 50: number of programmers behind the Galaxie channels,
      including new international channels.
    - Zero: time dedicated to advertising or chat between songs.
    

    Galaxie is available on several platforms, including the basic service of
most digital cable, satellite TV and IPTV distributors and now through some
Internet service providers. Check with your local Internet service providers
for availability of Galaxie.
    "We're working on an exciting multiplatform delivery model, and Galaxie
on the Internet is only the beginning," Albert said. "Soon, subscribers will
be able to listen to Galaxie on their cell phones, those tuning in on digital
television will see more on-screen visuals, and soon will be able to perform
Karaoke with Video on Demand. It's about delivering music content when, where
and how people want to receive it."
    Galaxie has also recently added seven channels of international music to
complement its existing 45 channel line-up, including Asian Hit Parade, a
channel dedicated to top 40 East Asian pop; Chowpatty Beach, a channel
featuring Bollywood hits; as well as Italian Vibe, which mixes popular Italian
music from the 80s and 90s with current top 40 hits.

    About Galaxie

    Galaxie, the Continuous Music Network, is a commercial division of
CBC/Radio-Canada. The network offers its non-stop music channels, programmed
by and for Canadians, in more than six million homes. It is included on the
basic service of most digital cable, satellite TV and IPTV distributors and on
some Internet portals. Galaxie. Making your music simple. For 10 years.
www.galaxie.ca

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.
    Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse
regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in
English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its
international Radio service, Radio Canada International, and in eight
languages on its Web-based Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and
aspiring immigrants to Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Heath-Eves, Media Relations,
CBC/Radio-Canada (Ottawa), (613) 288-6235, heathevk@cbc.ca


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