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October 14, 2011 For immediate release

CBC/Radio-Canada's 75th anniversary exhibition
at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Ottawa, Friday, October 14. – This morning, the Canada Science and Technology Museum opened a new exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of CBC/Radio-Canada. The launch of the exhibition also marked the start of National Science and Technology Week being held from October 14-23.

The CBC/Radio-Canada: 75 Years of Bringing Canadians Together exhibition was developed through a partnership between CBC/Radio-Canada, Library and Archives Canada and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

CBC/Radio-Canada: 75 Years of Bringing Canadians Together features a video, artefacts from the permanent collection of the Canada Science and Technology Museum, a series of caricatures of well-known CBC/Radio-Canada personalities – past and present – from the permanent collection of Library and Archives Canada. It also includes interactive stations where visitors can listen and view clips representing the broadcaster's innovative use of technology over 75 years of programming.

"Since 1936, CBC/Radio-Canada has been developing and adapting leading-edge technologies to continue telling the stories that matter to Canadians", says Suzanne Morris, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. "The national public broadcaster has a long tradition of bringing Canadians together through technology. After starting out as a single radio network, the Corporation now delivers over 30 services on radio, television, the web, satellite, and mobile applications."

"CBC/Radio-Canada: 75 Years of Bringing Canadians Together illustrates the way our national media has come to shape the collective memory of this country, " said Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "The CBC personalities whose caricatures were selected from Library and Archives Canada's holdings, from David Suzuki to Peter Gzowski and Lise Payette, have all contributed to this land's rich social fabric and, by extension, to our lives as Canadians. "

"We are thrilled to present this exhibition at the Museum and recognize the outstanding contribution and achievements of CBC/Radio-Canada with respect to the scientific programming presented for the last 75 years. It has contributed to enrich the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast," said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. "As keepers of Canada's scientific and technological collection, we encourage all Canadians to engage with their scientific and technological past, present and future."

Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Sharing Canada's rich collections of objects related to transportation, natural resources, communications, space, energy, manufacturing, and industry, the Canada Science and Technology Museum helps Canadians explore the rich connections among science, technology, and culture. CBC/Radio-Canada: 75 Years of Bringing Canadians Together is open to the public during regular Museum visiting hours.

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Media contact:

Marjorie Vallée
Media Relations Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

Pauline M. Portelance
Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada

Angus McKinnon
Manager, Media Relations and Issues Management
Corporate Communications
(613) 288-6235