The two broadcasters struck the deal at the 82nd General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union in Oslo, Norway last week and it was signed by Tony Hall, Director-General BBC, and Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
It is the latest salvo by the public broadcasters, which are facing a major fight against global SVOD platforms.
The broadcasters have previously co-produced projects before including docs such as Humble Bee Films and Infield Fly Productions’ Jumbo: The Life Of An Elephant Superstar and Talesmith and Cineflix’s wildlife doc Takaya: Lone Wolf.
It comes hot on the heels of CBCs recent deal with Australian public broadcaster ABC to co-develop and co-produce drama, comedy, non-scripted and children’s programming, which was unveiled at the recent Banff World Media Festival.
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“CBC/Radio-Canada and the BBC have shared histories that span the Atlantic and our nations’ strong bonds. We are both organisations founded on strong values with an enduring mission – to inform, educate and entertain. We tell the stories of our countries and people to ourselves, and to the world,” Hall and Tait said in a joint statement. “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/Radio- Canada.”
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