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Who we are and why we exist

CBC/Radio-Canada's mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain Canadians is even more relevant now, in a world of limitless global content, than it was when we were founded in the 1930s – at a time when Canada worried about a wave of American culture overwhelming our own unique identity. Since that time, we've had the privilege to be given a place in Canadians’ homes and, on their desktops, tablets and smartphones; to offer them a Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs, distinct drama, uniquely Canadian humour, and a commitment to arts, music and documentary programming not found anywhere else. We meet our mandate in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. Our work enables francophones to connect with their language and culture in a world dominated by English.

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But our value to the country goes well beyond informing and entertaining; we’re at the very heart of Canada's cultural ecosystem. Culture is a major contributor to the Canadian economy, generating almost $93 billion annually. Our work supports a thriving Canadian artistic community and creative sector, including the many artists, filmmakers, writers and producers in our country. Every incremental dollar invested in CBC/Radio-Canada creates an economic multiplier of 2.11 in gross value added (GVA) to the Canadian economy by generating broader economic activity through our predominantly Canadian suppliers.

$93B

Culture is a major contributor to the Canadian economy, generating almost $93 billion annually.

Our work supports job creation in the creative sector, contributing to stronger local economies. In television alone, our investment in Canadian programs supports more than 10,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.

Anna Maria Tremonti

Anna Maria Tremonti

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Rebecca Makonnen

Rebecca Makonnen

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Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge

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Jean-Philippe Wauthier

Jean-Philippe Wauthier

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Piya Chattopadhyay

Piya Chattopadhyay

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Ricardo Larrivée

Ricardo Larrivée

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Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer

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Beyond our direct contribution to the economy, we also nurture local talent. We have been an important stepping stone for many Canadian artists, often at a critical moment early in their careers, providing a forum to showcase Canadian talent to the country and to the world.

This is our legacy. But it’s also our future. The world is changing, and so are we.

Host of The Current

Anna Maria Tremonti

Anna Maria Tremonti

A Canadian radio and television journalist, who has been featured on a variety of programs on the CBC. During her time at The Current, she and the program have won numerous awards at the New York Festivals, including: Gold for Best News Documentary of Special (2013), Gold for Best Talk Special: Interview (2009), Silver for Best Newsmagazine (2013), Bronze for Best Talk Show Host (2008, 2014 and 2015), Bronze for Best Coverage, Breaking News (2015), Bronze for Best News Documentary or Special (2014).

Winner of two Gemini awards

Her work at The Current has been recognized with an Amnesty International Canada Media Award (2012), three Gracie Awards (2011, 2014 and 2015), and several Gabriel Awards and RTDNA Awards, including the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award (2013), the Peter Gzowski Information Program Award (2009, 2011 & 2014) and the Gord Sinclair Live Special Events Award (2014).

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Music maven, culture vulture and great debater

Rebecca Makonnen

Rebecca Makonnen

Rebecca Makonnen explores pop culture and emerging trends, with a healthy dose of curiosity, discovery and humour! Rebecca has been following the local and international music scenes for going on 15 years. From Bono and Karkwa, to Lenny Kravitz, Coldplay and Daniel Bélanger, the host/reporter has interviewed hundreds of artists during her years at MusiquePlus and Radio-Canada. She also spent four seasons hosting the musical variety show Studio 12, a one-of-a kind creative space that paired the stylings of a number of our top homegrown musicians together.

Host of the Radio-Canada programs On dira ce qu’on voudra, Circuit Makonnen and Esprit critique

Internationally acclaimed Canadian broadcaster and news anchor

Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge is the chief correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC’s flagship nightly news program, The National, and all CBC News specials. He is also host of CBC’s Mansbridge: One on One.

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awards for excellence in broadcast journalism

During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received 13 awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has also received nine honorary degrees from universities across the country, and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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A host who’s enjoyed a meteoric rise

Jean-Philippe Wauthier

Jean-Philippe Wauthier

It was in 2009 that Jean-Philippe Wauthier officially made the leap to hosting, taking the helm of the original radio show, Le sportnographe, conceived with his childhood friend Olivier Niquet. Since then, Jean-Philippe has gone on to host a variety of programs, events and galas. In 2012, he created and began hosting La soirée est (encore) jeune on ICI Radio-Canada Première, later taking the program to ICI ARTV in fall 2015. Jean-Philippe has also presented ICI Radio-Canada Télé’s entertaining dance show Les dieux de la danse since 2015.

La soirée est (encore) jeune is the late-afternoon radio show on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays)

Award-winning journalist known for her work on CBC Radio.

Piya Chattopadhyay

Piya Chattopadhyay

Piya Chattopadhyay is the host of Out in the Open, an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly one-hour program about the nitty-gritty of real life. Each week, host Chattopadhyay and her team look at how one big topic is affecting regular people, and invite listeners to join the conversation.

Over 10 years of experience in the field as a reporter

Chef. Author, TV personality. Entrepreneur. Ricardo is all of the above, representing a brand that stands for a contemporary family lifestyle

Ricardo Larrivée

Ricardo Larrivée

Ricardo has been a fixture on ICI Radio-Canada Télé for the past 14 years, with over 1,800 programs under his belt. His eponymous magazine, Ricardo, is a phenomenal success in Canada in both English and French. He boasts hundreds of thousands of social media fans and followers. His cookbooks published in both official languages make the bestseller list every time. He currently co-hosts ICI Radio-Canada Télé’s first food-focused cultural magazine show, Les gourmands, with Francis Reddy.

Member of the Order of Canada for his efforts at making cooking accessible to all, and for his commitment to social causes

Canada’s top political satirist

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer, Canada’s top political satirist, returns to CBC Television in October, 2016 for season 14 of the The Rick Mercer Report. Rick’s weekly helping of topical satire, funny takes on the week’s top stories, Canada wide adventures and famous rants have made this show a perennial audience favourite. Mercer launched his television career in 1993 as one of the creators, performers, and writers on the hit topical weekly show This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Winner of over 25 Gemini Awards and Canadian Screen Awards

On July 1, 2014, it was announced that Rick was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and he was inducted in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in September 2015. In October, 2016 Rick received The John Drainie Award from ACTRA in recognition of his contribution to Canadian broadcasting.

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