CBC/Radio-Canada gets additional $60 million for two years - Statement by Mr. Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada

    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased that the
Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women,
yesterday confirmed additional funding of $60 million for Canadian programming
for the public broadcaster for each of the next two fiscal years.
    This funding, which the Corporation has received on a one-time yearly
basis since 2001, enables CBC/Radio-Canada to continue its significant
reinvestment in unique, high-quality programming for Canadians.
    That this support is for two years, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, is
particularly encouraging. This two-year commitment from Canadians provides a
measure of stability, which allows us to plan for the future, enhancing the
Canadian programs we can offer across all of our services and platforms.

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

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