Launched in 1936 and branching out into TV and radio, the CBC is the oldest existing broadcasting network in the country. As the CBC hits its 75-year mark, we take a look at some of the milestones of this home-grown network.
– In 1929, the Aird Commission recommended the creation of a nationally-owned company to operate a coast-to-coast broadcast system, and in 1932, the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC) was created. Four years later the Canadian Broadcasting Act replaced the CRBC with a Crown Corporation and Canada’s national public broadcaster was born.
– On January 1, 1941, CBC News Service is formally opened and Radio-Canada’s News division was also created.
– In September of 1952 the first CBC/Radio-Canada television broadcasts took to the airwaves and began with CBFT-Montréal (bilingual) and CBLT-Toronto (English).
– A major CBC milestone came in 1960 with the opening of shortwave service to the High Arctic.
– Just one year later was the introduction of the presentation of proposals, by the national public broadcaster, for satellite use in Canada in 1961.
– The network moved into "modern" times and began broadcasting in colour in 1966.
– Canada made history in this decade by launching the world’s first national domestic satellite. Put into orbit in 1972, the Anik A1 satellite gave CBC/Radio-Canada the ability to beam television signals to the Canadian North for the first time in history.
– CBC Newsworld was officially launched on July 31, 1989, providing Canadians with their own dedicated 24-hour news channel that was designed for on-the-go viewers, offering frequent news updates and magazine-style programming.
– Established in 2002, the CBC/Radio Canada merchandising business now operates retail locations and cbcshop.ca, as well as its educational sales department CBC Learning, which sells CBC content and media to educational institutions. (Just a note: CBC Merchandising also licenses brands such as "Hockey Night in Canada" and "Coronation Street.")