CBC Digital Archives

RCI: 'A diplomatic fraternity'

In February 1945, the "Voice of Canada" spoke to the world for the first time. The CBC International Service was founded to broadcast to Canadian Forces overseas in the Second World War. At war's end the radio service focused on telling the world about Canada in over a dozen languages. Despite budget cuts and critics who accused it of employing communists or operating as a government mouthpiece, the service now called Radio Canada International has persevered. CBC Archives looks back on RCI's six decades on shortwave.


Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: Feb. 25, 1966
Guest(s): Eric Koch
Host: Adrienne Clarkson, Paul Soles
Duration: 6:26

Last updated: November 22, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

All Clips from this Topic

Related Content

1958: Canada broadcasts behind the Iron Curta...

The CBC's shortwave service goes to great lengths to reach listeners in communist countries.

Foster Hewitt: Voice of Hockey

"He shoots, he scores!" With those words, legendary hockey broadcaster Foster Hewitt united Ca...

Radio Canada International: Our Voice to the ...

In February 1945, the "Voice of Canada" spoke to the world for the first time. The CBC Interna...

CRTC relaxes CanCon requirements for private ...

The CRTC expands the definition of prime time.

Shortwave shop owner questions cuts

A Montreal shortwave fan rallies supporters of RCI to pressure CBC to keep the service.

Bob Cole on the influence of Foster Hewitt

Hockey Night in Canada's Bob Cole receives the Foster Hewitt Award, and tells Midday what Hewi...