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CBC needs contract with Canadians: Rabinovitch

Briefs | 11/27/2007 7:00 pm EST

In his address to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage today CBC president and CEO Robert Rabinovitch reinforced the public broadcaster's need for contract with Canadians if it is to reach its potential. "The Broadcasting Act has not changed in more than 15 years, CBC/Radio-Canada has not received an increase to its base operating appropriation in more than 30 years, and the broadcasting environment is shifting dramatically and rapidly," he said. "The national public broadcaster needs to remain relevant and to ensure that Canadians have access to its content when, where and how they want." He asserted that a contract reviewed on a regular cycle would provide direction on what Canadians could expect from their national public broadcaster in return for a clear commitment from government with regards to funding commensurate to the mandate.

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