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1996: The National goes online

The Story

With show transcripts, a 24-hour interactive thread, journalist gallery and detailed program information, the CBC-TV news program The National offers its viewers a whole new experience when it launches its website on Mar. 21, 1996. But they'll have to get a computer first. This primer from reporter Laurie Brown takes viewers on a virtual tour of the newest addition to CBC.ca and answers questions like "What is a website?"

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: March 21, 1996
Reporter: Laurie Brown
Duration: 5:03

Did You know?

• CBC first established a presence online in December 1993 as an experiment in partnership with Industry Canada's Communications Research Centre.

• In February 1995 radio.cbc.ca went live, offering broadcast schedules and transcripts, as well as on-demand audio clips from Ideas, Quirks & Quarks and As It Happens. Three months later, in May, CBC.ca went live, followed by television.cbc.ca in September 1995.

• By comparison, the BBC did not officially launch its online site (bbc.co.uk) until December 1997, though it did have an online presence beginning in 1994.



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