According to Mediacaster Magazine, CBC/Radio-Canada plans to introduce new online and digital media services as part of a newly unveiled five year plan to expand its regional footprint and increase regional news and programming. Its planning document, called Everyone, Every way, sets out in general terms what the public broadcaster has planned for the next five years.

A commitment to air at least ten “signature events” per year in English and in French was given, with programs like Live Right Now and Concert inaugural de la nouvelle salle de concert de Montréal avec l’OSMcited as good examples of content that bring Canadians together in large numbers, and can be delivered on multiple platforms.

See the rest of the February 2, 2011 article at http://www.mediacastermagazine.com/issues/story.aspx?aid=1000401200

The estimated $33 million cost of the plan over five years — which includes the doubling of the percentage of CBC’s budget towards digital services — is expected to come through cost-cutting and streamlining efficiencies.

Kirstine Stewart, head of the CBC’s English language services, plans to “start transforming a lot of our television schedule to provide more Canadian programming, instead of the American programming that we have been airing.” Gone will be primetime game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to be replaced with homegrown reality shows such as Battle of the Blades and Dragon’s Den and new Canadian series such as Republic of Doyle.

Sports will remain central to CBC’s programming and more specialty channels are in the works including the possibility of new English language kids, sports and entertainment channels. They also plan on creating news micro websites for large communities.

Canadians are invited to submit their thoughts and input into the five year plan until March 31, 2011 at www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/strategy2015.