23 APR 2020

CBC/RADIO-CANADA OFFERS A VARIED PROGRAMMING IN THE LOCKDOWN PERIOD

More news, kids, and entertainment programming will be available in all the platforms of the company to Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Catherine Tait

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To help Canadians through the current COVID-19 situation, CBC/Radio-Canada is delivering special access to content across all of its platforms, including trusted news and information to stay informed, educational resources for kids and parents, and a wide variety of programming to keep Canadians entertained when they need a break.

“The situation continues to change each day. Canadians need to know what’s happening and to understand what it means for them and for their family and friends. Our news teams are working around the clock to keep all Canadians on top of the latest developments here in Canada and around the world,” said Catherine Tait, President and CEO.

“We’re also making sure that Canadians, many of whom are at home with their children, have access to programming that’s fun, entertaining, and educational. We’re here to help Canadians find the laughter, inspiration, and connection that we all need to get through tough times. We also want to invite all of our creators and Canada’s talent to the effort. Stay tuned for more developments each week, from CBC/Radio-Canada,” she added.

WHAT’S NEW

CBC News Network is more widely available through participating TV distributors, including Bell TV, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel, Shaw, Rogers, and TELUS. It is also streaming across Canada on CBC Gem, and around the world via the CBC News app and CBC.ca.

ICI RDI is more widely available through participating TV distributors, including Bell TV, Cogeco, Vidéotron, Shaw, Rogers, and TELUS. It is available around the world via the Radio-Canada Info app and Radio-Canada.ca.

COVID-19 newsletters from CBC and Radio-Canada include news and analysis, tips on prevention, and answers to coronavirus questions from Canadians.

CBC’s Coronavirus Local Updates and Radio-Canada’s COVID-19 : ouvert ou fermé? show what’s open and closed in communities across the country, and link directly to relevant websites.

Extended coverage on several current affairs shows, including an extra two hours of CBC Radio’s The Current, which now airs 8:30 am to 12 pm in most time zones, and additional evening episodes of the podcast, Front Burner. ICI RDI’s 24/60, which airs weeknights at 7 pm EDT, has added an additional hour, while ICI PREMIÈRE’s Midi info now airs a half hour earlier, starting at 11 am EDT.

Live coronavirus trackers from CBC and Radio-Canada offer the latest data on the number of confirmed cases in Canada and around the world.

To manage the thousands of questions from Canadians, CBC has set up a new email, COVID@cbc.ca, and will endeavour to provide as many answers as possible across its programs and platforms. 

CBC and Radio-Canada are exposing mistruths and disinformation around the global pandemic. 

KIDS AND YOUTH

Curio.ca, CBC/Radio-Canada’s educational platform for all grade levels from primary through post-secondary, is available for free across the country.

Both CBC Kids News and Radio-Canada’s MAJ are providing COVID-19 news coverage by and for young people.

CBC Kids TV is airing an additional hour of programming on weekdays 

On ICI TOU.TV and CBC Gem, CBC/Radio-Canada’s streaming services, more kids, youth, and family programming is available for free, including "Find Me In Paris", "Endlings", "Detention Adventure", "Molly of Denali", "Mère & Fille", "Papa épique", "Nomades" and "Avec moi", as well the documentary series "Marie-Mai : ma façon d’exister" and "Cheerleading".

ENTERTAINMENT

CBC Music’s weekday programming is now all-Canadian to help people come together through music. 

Both CBC Listen and Radio-Canada OHdio offer on-demand playlists and podcasts. 

CBC streaming services are adding more free content to the 8,500 hours of programming already available. 

In response to the postponement of the NHL season, CBC is offering "Movie Night in Canada", a celebration of acclaimed Canadian films back-to-back on Saturday evenings.

CBC/Radio-Canada specialty channels ICI ARTV and ICI EXPLORA are more widely available through participating TV distributors across Canada. ICI ARTV offers arts and cultural programming, while ICI EXPLORA focuses on science, environment, nature, and health.

We’re also making sure that Canadians, many of whom are at home with their children, have access to programming that’s fun, entertaining, and educational” Catherine Tait President and CEO at CBC/Radio-Canada