Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scotiabank Giller Prize Forges Broadcast Partnership with CBC Television - Great News for Canada's Richest Literary Award


CBC will broadcast the annual Scotiabank Giller Prize ceremony this November and for the next five years, under an exclusive media partnership agreement announced today between the CBC and Giller Prize founder Jack Rabinovitch.

"We are thrilled and honoured to be the official broadcast partner for the Scotiabank Giller Prize," said Kirstine Stewart, CBC's Executive Vice President of English Services. "CBC's support for this country's literary excellence and the advancement of Canadian authors runs very deep indeed, so we feel this partnership is a natural fit."

CBC's wide range of literary programs and features include the annual Canada Reads competition (now into its second decade). On CBC Radio One, the list includes: “The Next Chapter” with Shelagh Rogers; the "Stranger Than Fiction" series on "Sunday Edition" with Michael Enright; and the long running Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel. Online, there is the CBC Book Club and all the other literary content at CBC Books (

Under the agreement, CBC will televise the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala each year beginning this fall, with possible use of the program across all of its platforms including CBC Radio, Specialty Channels and

"We are delighted to call the CBC home again. We consider this a perfect partnership, especially with the network's extraordinary commitment to Canadian literary programming," said Jack Rabinovitch, founder, the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.

In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

About the Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Giller Prize was founded in 1994 by Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller, who passed away from cancer the year before. The award recognized excellence in Canadian fiction - long format or short stories - and endowed a cash prize annually of $25,000.00, the largest purse for literature in the country.

In 2005, The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create The Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is the first ever co-sponsorship for Canada's richest literary award for fiction. Under the new agreement, the purse doubled, growing to $70,000 with $50,000 going to the winner, and $5,000 being given to each of the four finalists.

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