Production and distribution the focus of CBC/Radio-Canada's CRTC presentation

    OTTAWA, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - CBC/Radio-Canada is asking the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to review the
regulations applying to direct-to-home satellite broadcast distribution
undertakings to ensure that official-language minority communities have access
to the public broadcaster's full program offering.
    The CRTC kicked off hearings today that will examine broadcasting
services in English and French linguistic minority communities across Canada.
This past November, CBC/Radio-Canada filed a brief with the CRTC containing
eight concrete recommendations.
    The recommendations take into account the concerns of official-language
minority communities, proposing enhanced distribution of CBC/Radio-Canada
programming to the areas in which they reside.
    The Corporation took advantage of the hearings to reiterate its
commitment to producing regional content that reflects the realities of all
    Sylvain Lafrance, CBC/Radio-Canada's Executive Vice-President, French
Services, feels that production of regional content goes hand in hand with
service accessibility:
    "In an environment where over 90% of Canadian homes now receive their
television services via cable or satellite, any policy aimed at increasing
regional production must be consistent with a regulatory regime which
guarantees that citizens have access to their respective regional services as
well as to national services that reflect their own realities and those of all
    Mr. Lafrance also asked the Commission to take a comprehensive view of
CBC/Radio-Canada's regional service offerings in examining regulatory
solutions to linguistic minority issues.

    CBC/Radio-Canada's brief is available on the following website:

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 29 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: Denis Pellerin, Director, Regional
Communications, French Services, CBC/Radio-Canada, (514) 249-5222

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