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CBC to sell Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal
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DanNospamSay
2016-11-24 06:30:24 UTC
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The iconic skyscraper in east Montreal
holds French radio and TV, the Quebec
part of CBC, and Radio Canada International

CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:48PM EST

CBC and Radio-Canada are moving -- but not very far.

The public broadcaster announced last year it would sell off all its property across the country, including the tower at Papineau Ave. and René Levesque Blvd.

On Wednesday CBC said it had sold that building, and the parking lot that takes up the western edge of the property, to the Mach Group.

The sale must still be approved by the Treasury Board of Canada.

Meanwhile Broccolini will construct a new building on the eastern parking lot of the CBC property.

The design for the new building will be unveiled Thursday, but it is expected that the CBC and Radio-Canada will rent studio and office space on a 30-year lease.

No price for the sale was released, but the city of Montreal has evaluated the property's value at $104 million.

CBC initially acquired the territory in the 1960s, when the federal government and the city of Montreal picked a location and expropriated 678 families.

The Mach Group currently owns and operates the CIBC Tower, and the former Sun Life building.

Broccolini has multiple properties in the Montreal area.
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CBC says.


Maison Radio-Canada sold, broadcaster moving next door
New building will be built in parking lot east of existing Radio-Canada building

By Kate McKenna, CBC News Posted: Nov 23, 2016 4:32 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 23, 2016 6:31 PM ET
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/maison-radio-canada-sold-broadcaster-moving-next-door-1.3864527
CBC/Radio-Canada in Montreal will have a new home, but it won't be very far from the existing one.

An internal memo released Wednesday said the broadcaster's board of directors has approved a proposal for a new broadcast centre.

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New Maison Radio-Canada will rise next to existing one

The new building is to be constructed at the corner of René-Levesque Boulevard East and Papineau Avenue. That would appear to be the eastern parking lot of the existing Radio-Canada property.

The real estate developer Broccolini will construct the new building. CBC/Radio-Canada is to become a tenant under a 30-year lease.

The development company Groupe Mach Inc. has purchased the existing building and the western parking lot. In a release issued last spring, the board of directors said it was considering four bids for its sale.

The acquisitions are contingent on the Treasury Board of Canada's approval.

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Two projects shortlisted in May

The broadcaster announced in May that it was considering two proposals for a new building, both of which were planned to be built next to the existing location.

"With this decision, the public broadcaster is committed to remaining in the neighbourhood where it currently resides," said CBC/Radio-Canada Executive Vice-President of French Services Louis Lalande at the time.

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Radio-Canada vend sa maison au Groupe Mach, Broccolini lui en construira une nouvelle
Publié aujourd'hui à 13 h 50 | Mis à jour à 18 h 13
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1001827/radio-canada-vente-tour-groupe-mach-broccolini-conseil-tresor-lalande

La Maison de Radio-Canada à Montréal. Photo : Radio-Canada / Marc Landry

C'est maintenant annoncé : Radio-Canada vend sa tour au Groupe Mach inc. et confie au consortium dirigé par Broccolini le soin de construire les nouvelles installations du diffuseur public à Montréal.

La société d'État en a fait l'annonce en fin de journée, mercredi, par voie de communiqué.

Les deux transactions, soit la vente des installations actuelles et l'érection de nouveaux immeubles, devront être approuvées par le Conseil du Trésor du Canada.

C'est mardi que le conseil d'administration dit avoir finalement fixé son choix sur les groupes Broccolini et Mach inc.

Les nouveaux espaces destinés aux employés de Radio-Canada verront le jour là où se trouve actuellement, à l'est de la tour, une partie du stationnement, c'est-à-dire à l'angle de l'avenue Papineau et du boulevard René-Lévesque Est.

Radio-Canada sera locataire de ces nouvelles installations en vertu d'un bail d'une durée de 30 ans.

Le Groupe Mach inc. achète pour sa part les installations existantes et la portion de terrain située à l'ouest de la tour.

Le vice-président principal de la société d'État, Louis Lalande, dévoilera les détails du projet lors de deux rencontres prévues jeudi, dans un studio de Radio-Canada.

Le syndicat réclame la suspension de la vente

La réaction du Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC-CSN) n’a pas tardé. Sitôt l’annonce faite, les dirigeants syndicaux ont reproché à la haute direction du diffuseur d’avoir « manqué de clarté et de transparence depuis le début du processus de la vente de la Maison de Radio-Canada, à Montréal ».

Le SCRC-CSN cite également un article du Journal de Montréal dans lequel il est allégué que « le courtier choisi pour cette opération est intimement lié au Parti conservateur », comme le dit le communiqué du syndicat.

Sachant que la majorité des membres du Conseil d’administration de Radio-Canada sont également liés au Parti conservateur, cette révélation jette un lourd soupçon sur l’ensemble de cette opération immobilière.
Extrait du communiqué du SCRC-CSN

Le Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada réclame d’une part la suspension de cette vente et, d’autre part, l’intervention d’Ottawa dans ce dossier.

La ministre souhaite un processus transparent

La ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Mélanie Joly, rappelé certaines responsabilités du diffuseur public. « C'est important que Radio-Canada puisse respecter sa responsabilité historique par rapport au quartier dans lequel il est situé. C'est important également que les employés de Radio-Canada aient accès à des endroits de travail qui sont modernes, qui sont plus verts et qui sont plus adaptés d'un point de vue technologique », a-t-elle déclaré.

« Ultimement, en tant que ministre du Patrimoine, ce que je demande à toutes mes agences gouvernementales, incluant CBC/Radio-Canada, c'est que le processus soit ouvert et transparent », a conclu la ministre Joly
Michael Black
2016-11-25 21:07:01 UTC
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Post by DanNospamSay
The iconic skyscraper in east Montreal
holds French radio and TV, the Quebec
part of CBC, and Radio Canada International
CTV Montreal
Published Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:48PM EST
CBC and Radio-Canada are moving -- but not very far.
The public broadcaster announced last year it would sell off all its
property across the country, including the tower at Papineau Ave. and
René Levesque Blvd.
About 1974 after it had opened, the Montreal Amateur Radio Club was given
a tour. The thing I remember was the sliding doors at the entrance, but
it was obviously a new building at that time.

But it also was big, it's hard to believe all that space was ever needed,
but things have shrunk in more recent times.

At least back then the CBC TV here in Montreal was making more than just
the evening news, and there have been times when there was something more
(depending on how the budget went).

But a few years ago, the English CBC tv news got a makeover for their set,
and one of the anchors did little reports in anticipation. He went to the
workshop where they made sets, but of course by then any sets were just
for French language programming. So some of that was being used, even if
local French tv production is down to.

I would point out that when it went up, it was sort of an out of the way
place, though Iv'e read that was deliberate, to help build up the area or
something. But with all the mergers of radio and tv in recent years, CTV
and Bell and their radio stations are in a building not far from the CBC
building. My old ISP used to be in that building, I'd go by each month to
drop off the monthly payment, and sometimes I'd pass close to the CBC
building. But the ISP had to move out at one point, because CTV and the
like wanted the space to themselves.

Michael

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