From a media release:
At the Banff World Media Festival, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) today announced a creative and commercial collaboration that will enhance the reach and impact of their content across both countries.
The two national public broadcasters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-develop English-language drama, comedy, factual, childrenâ€™s and podcast content to maximize the value of their public funding for audiences. The three-year MOU will also provide further opportunities for co-financing and format sales of drama and childrenâ€™s content.
The MOU will enhance cooperation and collaboration between the ABC and CBC through initiatives such as:
- Childrenâ€™s content: Co-development of childrenâ€™s programs across television, audio and digital services, including two new proposed TV projects for 2 to 6-year-olds and 8 to 14-year-olds, and ABCâ€™s acquisition of CBC Kidsâ€™ original commission Big BlueÂ as well as CBC co-productions Kiri and LouÂ and the upcoming Sinking Ship sci-fi epic Endlings.
- Drama, comedy and factual content: Collaboration on comedy, drama and factual programs through co-development, finance or acquisitions that promote the core values of the public broadcasters.
- Educational content: Co-development of a media literacy initiative to equip schools and educators across both countries with the analytical skills and tools to combat misinformation and disinformation.
- Audio content: Expansion of radio program exchanges between ABC RN and CBC Radio, plus the sharing of creative ideas and expertise between ABC Audio Studios and CBC Podcasts to create new podcasts.
- News content:Â Sharing of technology and tools to improve tracking and verification of the accuracy of news content.
- Local and regional communities:Â Collaboration on initiatives to better serve local and rural communities, including local journalism projects.
- Employee exchange:Â To ensure the success of such initiatives, the ABC and CBC will facilitate employee exchanges where appropriate and feasible.
The MOU will build on an existing relationship that includes CBCâ€™s acquisition of the broadcast rights to ABC programs Ronny Chieng: International Student, Mustangs FC, Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes, Hannah Gadsby’s Oz and the format rights to the ABCâ€™s original series You Canâ€™t Ask That. CBCâ€™s Canadian version of the award-winning format launches on the CBC Gem streaming service in June.
The broadcasters also have a strong history of sharing audio content such as CBC Podcasts Alone: A Love Story and Someone Knows Something and ABC podcastsÂ Trace Â and Ladies, We Need To Talk, plus ABC RN programs All in the Mind and Off Track and CBC Radioâ€™s Ideas and Out In The Open. With more than 20 million downloads each month, the CBC is Canadaâ€™s number-one podcaster. The ABC is Australiaâ€™s leading podcast producer.