The BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada have announced a commitment to future collaboration across drama, factual, news, current affairs and radio. The agreement was reached, between Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, and Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO, at the 82nd General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union in Oslo, Norway last week.
In a release, the two public broadcasters say they are coming together in a shared belief that the benefits of modern storytelling, with public service values, are best achieved through greater collaboration.
“Across drama, factual, news, current affairs and radio, we will work across our organizations to develop new ideas that benefit both the BBC and CBC/RadioCanada. In an increasingly global marketplace, Canadian and British audiences want programmes and services about their lives and their culture. In divided times, it’s never been more important to reflect and represent every part of our diverse communities. And in a world where disinformation spreads in a flash, we need public media to bring the whole of society the news and analysis that it can trust – what is really going on and why it matters,” asserts a joint statement. “As we reinvent how we deliver our services for new generations, we are coming together to share ideas, and our teams are exploring new ways to work together: amplifying our public service missions, bringing our audiences the best ideas, and investing in our local creative industries.”
The two organizations have already been sharing ideas around engaging young audiences, fact-checking to help tackle disinformation, content including news coverage, and new technology.
The agreement includes a commitment to regular discussions to build on areas of common interest.
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