CBC and Radio Canada International Shortwave Service - History
Excerpts from: Canada Handbook 1954; Ministry of Trade and Commerce; Canada.
“In its first year on the air, CBC television has developed a program schedule covering the wide range of entertainment achieved in its sound broadcasting. These programs have included weekly drama series, leading sports events such as NHL hockey and the Grey Cup football final, special children’s series, news variety, discussions, and many other types. Most Canadian productions have been “live” from studios at Toronto or Montreal, and some programs have been fed directly from United States networks via the microwave relay.
“A wide selection of film features has also been offered. In its first year of service, CBC television realized several notable “firsts” including the first TV production of a George Bernard Shaw play (Candida) permitted in North America and the first presentation in North America of films of the Coronation.
[The films came over on an Air Force plane so Canadians would see the Coronation of Elizabeth II before the American TV networks broadcast their own Coronation productions - cross-border TV via “rabbit ears” was popular.]
Radio Canada International
“Altogether the shortwave broadcasts of the International Service are listened to in some 30 countries. The programs are broadcast in 16 languages: English French, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. Countries that have poor reception because of geographical reasons, like Austria and Greece, receive transcribed programs. The staffs of the various language sections prepare the programs, which are then edited, produced in the studios and sent out over the air. The English language section has the additional responsibility of providing the Canadian Forces abroad with daily broadcasts.”
Quand j'étais au Manitoba
En '40 comme soldat
Forcément, on s'entraînait
Seulement rien qu'en anglais
Mais le soir à la cantine
Devant une petite bière
Si on parlait français, câline
Ça faisait toute une affaire