11/20/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2023 11:11

National public broadcasters ZDF and CBC/Radio-Canada announce renewed partnership

ZDF and CBC/Radio-Canada today announced the renewal of the partnership agreement between the two national public broadcasters. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) focuses on two key areas:

  • Trusted news - exchanging and improving verification of news content; and
  • Scripted, factual-entertainment and documentary programming - co-development and promotion of content for linear, on-demand and digital platforms.
"In an increasingly complex world, our mandate is to provide relevant and trusted information and high-quality creative entertainment. CBC/Radio Canada and ZDF, as the national public broadcasters of their countries, share the same values and mandate to reach all of society, whether linear, on-demand or on digital platforms. This agreement further strengthens our relationship for the benefit of our audiences in Canada and Germany."

-Norbert Himmler, Director General, ZDF"CBC/Radio-Canada and ZDF are close collaborators on a number of important public media initiatives, including the Public Spaces Incubator and the Global Task Force on public media. This renewed partnership will allow our teams to find more opportunities to work together and to bring our audiences in both countries the best in Canadian and German news and entertainment programming."

-Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada

The renewed partnership extends over a period of three years.

About ZDF

ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is Germany's national public television broadcaster. It is run as an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of the Länder, the sixteen states that constitute the Federal Republic of Germany.

The nationwide channel ZDF has been broadcasting since 1st April 1963 and remains one of the country's leading sources of information. Today, ZDF also operates the two thematic channels ZDFneo and ZDFinfo. In partnership with other public broadcasters, ZDF jointly operates the internet-only offer funk, the German channels PHOENIX and KiKA, and the European channels 3sat and ARTE.

ZDF is based in Mainz, but also maintains permanent bureaus in the 16 Länder capitals as well as special editorial and production facilities in Berlin. For international coverage, ZDF has foreign correspondents operating in 19 permanent bureaus Worldwide.

ZDF offers full-range generalist programming with a mix of information, education, arts, entertainment and sports. Its coverage provides both a broad view on the world and a comprehensive picture of Germany.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada's trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages: Dehcho Dene Yati, Dënesųłıné (Chipewyan), Eastern Cree, Gwich'in, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Sahtu Got'ine Godi, and Tłı̨chǫ (Tlicho). We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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Leon Mar
Director, Media Relations and Issues Management | Corporate Spokesperson
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