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'Coronation Street' to stay on air in Canada

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Coronation Street's Canadian broadcaster CBC has signed a new multi-year deal to continue airing the soap, it has been announced.

CBC's latest contract with ITV Studios Global Entertainment keeps the long-running show on air in Canada and also includes digital catch-up rights.

Under the terms of the deal, Coronation Street will also be available on CBC's video-on-demand service along with iTunes in Canada.

Coronation Street's creator Tony Warren said of the news: "I am delighted to hear of the new Canadian deal especially as the unsung hero of the show, Harry Elton, who was the original executive producer and a Canadian, had the foresight to commission the programme."

Tobias de Graaff, Director of Global TV Distribution, added: "Coronation Street's touching portrayal of British life in a backstreet of Manchester has been taken to heart by Canadian viewers and is becoming as important to audiences in Canada as it is here in the UK.

"We are delighted to be extending our relationship with our long-term partners in Canada who have given Corrie the fantastic support it deserves."

Coronation Street currently airs every weeknight in Canada, where the episodes are airing eight months behind the UK broadcasts.

Leanne and Peter's explosive wedding blessing episodes have recently aired on CBC.

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