CBC and Radio Canada International Shortwave Service - History
Excerpts from: Canada Handbook 1953; Ministry of Trade and Commerce; Canada.
“The first of two CBC television stations began regular program service early in September 1952 - CBLT in Toronto, Channel 9, and CBFT, Montreal, Channel 2. Both stations are fully equipped centres for the production of Canadian television programs, and began operations with a varied schedule of plays (ranging up to 90 minute productions), variety shows, films, discussion programs, televised music programs and sports.
“CBFT, Montreal, transmits programs in both English and French - CBLT, Toronto in English only.
CBC International Service
“In addition to broadcasting Canadian programs some 14 to 15 hours daily, an increasing number of programs are relayed over national networks in foreign countries. Programs are also relayed daily to Canadian forces in Korea and Europe.
“An important function of ‘Radio Canada’ has been the coverage of United Nations activities by means of reports and interviews by the CBC correspondent and the foreign-language correspondents at UN headquarters at New York. The CBC International Service also places it transmitters at the disposal of the United Nations Radio Division for the broadcasting of its official reports and commentaries to Europe and to the south Pacific.”