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OTTAWA � While the final decision rests with the Heritage Committee, yesterday the Prime Minister's office proposed the re-appointment of Robert Rabinovitch as president and CEO of the CBC.

"This proposed reappointment will be referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage for review," said yesterday's release. "The new process for Parliamentary review of appointments is not yet finalized. However, given the importance of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of Canada's primary cultural institutions, the Government has decided to provide the Standing Committee with the opportunity to review this proposed reappointment. The Government looks forward to receiving the result of the Standing Committee's review as soon as possible."

"Mr. Rabinovitch is well-known for his outstanding career achievements in both the public and private sectors, and for his long-standing commitment to Canada's cultural industry. He is admired and respected by his peers, and I am very pleased that he has agreed to continue his work at the CBC," said Prime Minister Martin.

Prior to his stint at the CBC, which has enjoyed numerous TV and radio programming successes under his tenure, Rabinovitch had served as deputy minister of Communications from 1982-1985 as well as in several senior positions in the Privy Council Office, including Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Senior Assistant Secretary for Priorities and Planning.

In the private sector, Rabinovitch served as executive vice-president and COO of Claridge Inc. He was also on the boards of Cineplex Odeon Corporation and NetStar Communications.

"I am honoured by this vote of confidence and its implicit acknowledgement of CBC/Radio-Canada's accomplishments over the past five years," said Rabinovitch in a statement released today.

"I am proud of our accomplishments, and I welcome the opportunity to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. As a journalistic organization, CBC/Radio-Canada understands and supports the need for greater accountability and transparency in Government.

"It is a great honour to lead such an essential and unique institution. I want to thank the employees of CBC/Radio-Canada for their loyalty and support over the last five years. I also want to thank the Board of Directors, and especially the Chair, Carole Taylor, for their continuing support and belief in the direction we have set for Canada's national public broadcaster," he said.
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