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Public broadcasters CBC, ZDF renew news and entertainment content partnership

ZDF’s Norbert Himmler and CBC/Radio-Canada’s Catherine Tait

Canada’s CBC/Radio-Canada and Germany’s ZDF have renewed their content collaboration agreement covering entertainment programming and news.

The public broadcasters said yesterday that they had renewed their memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was initially signed in February 2020.

The renewed three-year pact covers scripted, factual entertainment and documentary programming, with the pubcasters committing to collaborate on the 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,” said ZDF’s director general Norbert Himmler.

“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.”

CBC/Radio-Canada’s president and CEO Catherine Tait added: “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.”

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