CBC and Radio Canada International Service - History
from: Canada Handbook 1948; Ministry of Trade and Commerce; Canada.
“On February 9 1932, the Judicial Committee of the Imperial Privy Council, to whom the matter had been reported, ruled that the control and regulation of radio-communication rested within the jurisdiction of the Dominion Parliament.
“The nucleus of a nationally owned system was secured in 1933 on the acquisition and operation by the Commission of three stations of the Canadian National Railways at Moncton, Ottawa and Vancouver [A note on the CNR: These stations had provided music, news and other content to Canadian National Railways passenger trains for the entertainment of passengers … in special headphone-equipped radio lounge areas of the moving passenger cars].
“At April 7 1947 there were operating in Canada 33 shortwave broadcasting stations, of which 25 were Canadian Broadcasting Corporation stations and eight privately owned stations.
“Shortwave receiving stations are maintained at Dartmouth NS, at Ottawa and Toronto, mainly for the reception of British Broadcasting Corporation transmissions. In order to improve reception from Australia and points in the Pacific area, a new shortwave receiving station is being built at Point Grey, near Vancouver.
CBC International Service
“Since its inception in February 1945, the CBC International Service has expanded until now the Voice of Canada is heard abroad in ten languages. Built and operated on behalf of the Canadian Government, the transmitters of the International Service, located near Sackville NB, send out the strongest signal heard in Europe from North America. During the meetings of the General Assembly in New York, the United Nations continued to use the CBC transmitters for 90 minutes daily, directing reports to Czechoslovakia, Russia, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Greece and Egypt.
“Operations during the fiscal year ended March 31 1947 involved 3275 hours of broadcasting, made up of more than 10,000 program periods. In addition to areas already served, it is planned to begin regular transmissions to South Africa in the near future.”