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NATIONAL PUBLIC BROADCASTERS ABC AND CBC ANNOUNCE CREATIVE AND COMMERCIAL COLLABORATION

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) today announced a creative and commercial collaboration that will enhance the reach and impact of their content across both countries.

The two national public broadcasters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop English-language drama, comedy, factual, children’s and podcast content to maximize the value of their public funding for audiences. The three-year MOU will also provide further opportunities for co-financing and format sales of drama and children’s content.

See the press release for more details.
 

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Wish more content from Australia was available. Both the Australian ABC and SBS have produced some excellent documentaries over the last several years that I have really enjoyed. Hope this agreement will make some of this programming easier to find in Canada.

It's surprising how many Canadian shows end up on the air in Australia, and the lack of Australian programming on Canadian TV. Some channels in Australia (Lifestyle for example) are at least half Canadian content.

Hope this is good news for both countries - a lot of good programming gets stuck behind borders without good distribution.
 

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Wish more content from Australia was available.
Me too, and I also wish a Canadian company would make a deal with a provider from the UK and from France.

We have many multi-cultural channels from other countries, why we can't get channels from Australia, the UK and France?...
 

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There are a number of Canadian stations that license and air programming from British and French networks. In addition, PBS and TVO air a lot of British programming. It's not difficult to find. It's also possible to stream British and French programming and stations over the internet though many stations are geo-blocked.

Since the rights to much of the British and French programming worth watching is licensed by Canadian broadcasters, the carriage of originating channels is untenable. I'm not sure most people would want to pay the high cost of other ethnic channels for stations from the UK or French channels either.

SuperChannel once carried a few Australian shows and, as noted, I've seen some on CBC the last couple of years.
 

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BBC AND CBC/RADIO-CANADA ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING COLLABORATION
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The BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada today announced a commitment to future collaboration across a range of different areas.

Highlights from the full agreement between the BBC and CBC/Radio-Canada. (2-page PDF)
We are committing to working together to enhance the services and programmes we bring to our audiences.

Across drama, factual, news, current affairs and radio, we will work across our organisations 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.

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 UK and Canada, and around the world.

Together we are already sharing ideas and cooperating around engaging young audiences, fact-checking to help tackle disinformation, content including news coverage, new technology, and making our organisations fantastic places to work - reflecting our diverse audiences on and off-screen, supporting emerging talent from all around our countries, and pursuing environmentally sound production.

We commit to regular discussions with our two companies. We have asked our teams to continue these conversations, and build on areas of common interest.
 
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