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Museum of TV and Radio to salute the CBC
9/10/2002

New York and Los Angeles, - The Museum of Television & Radio will salute the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, now celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of television in Canada, with a fourteen-week screening series highlighting exceptional French and English radio and television programs created by or featuring many of Canada's most important artists. O Canada! A Salute to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will run from October 18, 2002 through February 2, 2003 in both New York and Los Angeles.

Screening times in New York will be Tuesdays to Sundays at 1:00 p.m., with additional evening screenings Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. In Los Angeles, screenings will be Wednesdays to Sundays at 12:15 p.m., with additional screenings Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. In addition, an opening seminar, CBC/Radio-Canada: A Tradition of Excellence, will be held at the New York Museum on October 17.

The Museum will present over forty programs exploring the diversity of CBC/Radio-Canada's history. The series will feature a variety of programs from several different genres.

Dramas include The Boys of St. Vincent, David Cronenberg's The Italian Machine, Atom Egoyan's In This Corner, and Ken Finkleman's breakthrough series The Newsroom. Seminal news programming such as This Hour Has Seven Days set precedents that are followed to this day. Variety programs dared to feature Sammy Davis, Jr., for the first time in his career, as well as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Gilles Vigneault.

Comedies such as Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans, The Wayne and Shuster Hour, and the recent Kids in the Hall documentary Same Guys,
New Dresses demonstrate the much-emulated Canadian sense of humor in hilarious characterization. Teen shows such as Degrassi High still have cult followings twenty years after their first broadcast.

French-language works such as Le Sel de la Semaine: Entrevue avec Jack Kerouac, and documentaries featuring Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and Serge Gainsbourg, as well as Beryl Fox's Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam, expose their subjects through insightful production.

A wide range of Canadian radio programming will also be featured in the Radio Listening Rooms, under the themes "The CBC and 9/11"; "Science, Culture, and More"; "Arts and Entertainment": "Radio-Canada (French-Language Radio)"; and "News and Public Affairs."

The opening seminar in New York, CBC/Radio-Canada: A Tradition of Excellence, will bring together some of Canada's most distinguished producers, directors, writers, and performers for a discussion of their work, in addition to the Corporation's role in their development as artists.

Panelists include Director Ken Finkleman; Daniel Gourd, Acting Executive Vice-President of Television, Radio-Canada; Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, Network Programming, CBC-TV; Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News; Harry Rasky, director, The Song of Leonard Cohen, Stratosphere, Homage to Chagall; and Mark Starowicz, Executive Producer, Network Programming, CBC Television, Canada: A People's History, and creator of the popular Radio call-out As It Happens.

Screenings and listening series are included with suggested Museum admission: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under thirteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles.

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit organization founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its collection of over 110,000 television and radio programs and advertisements.




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