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Four CBC/Radio-Canada programs honoured as Masterworks

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OTTAWA - The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada has recognized four programs from CBC/Radio-Canada as Masterworks.

"The corporation is pleased that the AV Preservation Trust has recognized the historical value of these four programs," said Robert Rabinovitch, president and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada.

"We share the aims of the Trust, and through our CBC/Radio-Canada Archives, we have preserved a significant amount of our audio and visual heritage for future generations to enjoy. These particular works are indicative of the consistent quality of the programs we've offered to Canadians over the years. To have them selected as Masterworks further builds on our legacy of programming excellence at CBC/Radio-Canada."

CBC/Radio-Canada programs to be recognized with Masterworks certificates are The Friendly Giant, a program that ran on CBC Television for 26 years; the multi-award-winning 1985 mini-series, Anne of Green Gables; Les Beaux Dimanches, which first appeared on T�l�vision de Radio-Canada in 1966, and went on to become one of the longest-running art showcases in the world; and CBC Radio One's As It Happens, featuring a body of work from the legendary journalist and former CBC Host, Barbara Frum.

The AV Preservation Trust is a charitable, non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Canada's audio-visual heritage. Each year, it recognizes 12 works of national cultural significance in the categories of Radio, Television, Sound Recording, and Film for its Masterworks program.

With approximately 1.7 million holdings, CBC/Radio-Canada's archival vaults are the largest repositories of culturally and historically significant audio and visual material in Canada. In addition to using archival material in its own programming CBC/Radio-Canada licenses archival material for use by programmers around the world.

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