||Marconi's transatlantic wireless
signal from Cornwall to Newfoundland.
||Marconi set up a wireless telegraphy
station at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, licenced by the Canadian government.
||Canada's first Wireless Telegraph
||Radio Telegraph Act. Included
radiotelephony - transmission of voices.
||September: First broadcasting
licence issued in Canada - to Marconi station XWA, Montreal. Station is now CFCF.
||First Canadian licensing of
commercial broadcasting stations, including CKAC Montreal, first French-language radio
station in North America Canadian National Railways began radio experiments.
||CNR opened a radio department in
Montreal, began radio service to trains (discontinued 1931). December 30:
Canada's first network broadcast, arranged by CNR, linking stations CHYC Montreal and
||CN Radio began to open stations of
its own and to lease others.
||First regularly-scheduled network
service in Canada, linking CN stations in Montreal and Ottawa. By 1932, CN regional and
national network service involved 20 stations.
- July 1: Special coast-to-coast
broadcast on the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation. Originated from the CN station in
Ottawa, carried by a network of 23 stations and also transmitted overseas by shortwave.
||Royal Commission on Broadcasting
appointed (Aird Commission). Reported in 1929.
||Canadian Radio League organized.
||First Canadian television
||First Parliamentary Committee on
Broadcasting. (Others in 1934, 36, 38, 39, 42. 43, 44, 46, 47, 50, 51, 53, 55, 59, 60, 61,
66.) Standing Committee appointed 1966.
- May 26: Canadian Radio
Broadcasting Act passed, providing for establishment of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting
- December 25: First Empire
Christmas Broadcast, with address by King George V. included contributions from Canada,
and was distributed to all Canadian stations
||CRBC acquired CN Radio facilities.
- May:First daily national
- December:First Northern Messenger
||CRBC shortwave receiving station
opened at Britannia Heights, Ottawa, to obtain overseas programs for Canadian relay.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation established. Took over CRBC facilities.
- Opening of CBF Montreal.
- Opening of CBC, Toronto.
||Farm broadcasts started on French
CBC provincial school broadcasts started in British Columbia
||Royal visit to Canada. Full French
and English coverage over a period of six weeks.
Farm broadcasts started in English. Also regional farm family series beginning
with The Craigs in Ontario.
CBC Publications Branch formed.
Declaration of war, A CBC broadcasting unit
sailed for Britain with the First Canadian Division.
||CBC school broadcasts started in
October:First CBC low power
relay transmitter in operation, at Revelstoke, B.C.
||January 1: Formal
opening of CBC News Service.
American Regional Broadcasting Agreement (Havana Treaty) came into effect.
CBC national network broadcast of Churchill's
address to the Canadian Parliament.
Farm Forum programs were started on CBC English
radio and Radio-College in the French service.
||First experimental national school
||Opening of Radio-Carabin, a French
network variety series.
||Opening of Dominion Network.
Stage series started
Official opening of CBC International Service
First Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference, London
||First CBC FM stations opened,
Montreal and Toronto.
||First CBC Wednesday Night
CBC completed a detailed plan for development of TV in
CBC International Service began its library of
Canadian music recordings
||First publication of program guide
||Government announced interim plan
for development of Canadian TV.
- April 1: Newfoundland joined
Confederation. Stations and staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland became
part of CBC.
- Massey Commission appointed (Royal Commission on
National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences). Reported 1951.
||First publication of program guide
La Semaine for Radio-Canada.
||CBC radio coverage of 4-week
Canadian tour by Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
||February: CBC representatives
participated in the BBC broadcast from London and Windsor of the funeral of King George
Vi. The broadcast was carried by nearly every Canadian station.
Opening of Canadian television service: CBFT Montreal
- September 6, CBLT Toronto
- September 8. CBC Symphony
Orchestra formed. (Disbanded 1964-5).
||CBC was the first broadcasting
system in North America to show complete film of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth on
television - within four hours of the end of the ceremony in London.
CKSO-TV Sudbury first private television station to go on
the air in Canada (October 20).
||First CBC experimental school
Opening of television series
LHeure du concert.
CBC Bureau of Audience Research established.
CBC Armed Forces Service established.
||First CBC telecast of the Opening of
Royal Commission on
Broadcasting appointed (Fowler Commission). Reported 1957.
||Department of National Defence
opened Radio CAE for Canadian forces in Germany. Managed by CBC staff on loan.
CBC Export Sales unit established
||CBC radio and TV coverage of Queen
Elizabeth, s address to the nation from Ottawa, October 13, and of the
first opening of the Canadian Parliament by a reigning monarch, October 14.
||June: Opening of
CBC Calgary Delay Centre, with videotape recording facilities to delay network programs
for western time zones.
Memo to Champlain, special program marking completion of microwave facilities from
Victoria to Sydney - the longest TV network in the world.
New Broadcasting Act passed, creating the Board of Broadcast Governors, to regulate all
CBC Northern Service opened, acquired community
radio stations at Whitehorse, Dawson City and Yellowknofe.
||Microwave network extended to
||CBC experimental FM network opened,
Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal. (Operation suspended temporarily in 1952.)
CBC Northern Service started shortwave broadcasting to the
Second TV stations licensed for Halifax,
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver.