CBC/Radio-Canada is pleased to announce that, as a result of the operational availability of the Nimiq-2 satellite, Bell ExpressVu subscribers will now have access to additional CBC/Radio-Canada television signals.
In fulfillment of its January 2002, contractual obligations to CBC/Radio- Canada, Bell ExpressVu will add Radio-Canada’s CBVT Quebec City television signal and CBC’s North – Mountain Time television signal. In addition, as a result of the increased satellite capacity now available, Bell ExpressVu will also carry Radio-Canada’s CBWFT Winnipeg television signal.
“We are pleased that Bell ExpressVu has moved toward greater carriage of our TV services, and our Galaxie pay-audio services. However, we are still concerned that Canadians in the nation’s capital do not have access to our French and English Ottawa television stations,” said Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “With the growth of DTH penetration in Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada looks forward to the addition of even more of its television signals to Bell ExpressVu’s line-up.”
CBC/Radio-Canada sees this expansion as a positive step towards meeting the Corporation’s objective of ensuring that all Canadians have the greatest possible access to their national public broadcaster and its local/regional programs. This important objective was echoed in February by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages, which recommended that the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) require direct broadcast satellite service providers to carry all of CBC/Radio- Canada’s local and regional television signals. Currently, CBC’s television signals are not as accessible to Canadians as those of the major English private broadcasters.