The BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada have made a commitment to future collaboration across drama, factual, news, current affairs and radio.
Tony Hall, BBC’s director-general, and Catherine Tait, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, said in a joint statement: “In an increasingly global marketplace, Canadian and British audiences want programs 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.
“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. Through this partnership, we will bring the best stories to audiences across the U.K. and Canada, and around the world.”
The two said that the BBC and CBC are already sharing ideas and cooperating around engaging young audiences and fact-checking to help tackle disinformation in content such as news coverage and new technology. They are committing to regular discussions between the two companies to build on areas of common interest.