Canada’s national public broadcaster launched a Chinese news website yesterday.
CBC British Columbia, in association with Radio Canada International (RCI), became this country’s first major broadcaster to introduce a news site that features up to 18 local, national and international stories in simplified and traditional Chinese. “We’ll pick a number of stories, then we’ll talk to the translators/journalists at RCI, and they’ll translate and post them,” said Liz Hughes, the director of news for CBC.
The Chinese population in Canada has grown more than 18 per cent in the past decade, according to a 2006 Statistics Canada report. In some cities the percentage is even higher. In Richmond, for example, 44 per cent of residents are of Chinese descent. “We do great local news here in CBC, and we want to get it to the absolute biggest audience we possibly could,” Hughes said.