CBC celebrates 75 years of War Coverage (Clip 1)

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In 1939 Canada hosted King George and Queen Elizabeth- the first ever visit by a reigning sovereign. CBC Radio, which was just over two years old at the time, had committed 100 staff to cover the visit- two English and two French teams- and purchased a wealth of new equipment including remote amplifiers and custom made microphones. This investment proved invaluable in covering the Second World War when it began just months later. CBC was the voice of Canada at war. CBC reporters told Canadians what their soldiers were doing and helped forge a sense of national identity. Our first clip is from September 3, 1939, when the Prime Minister took to the air to recommend that Canada join Britain and go to war.

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