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The Anik satellite and northern Canada

The Story


It's a matter of relativity. Politicians and scientists believe that the telecommunications Anik A1 satellite will at last provide northern Canadians live programming and stable communications. But some northern Native people and critics are arguing that they have no interest in "white man's TV" because they simply can't relate to shows like Bonanza and I Love Lucy. CBC Radio's Merrily Paskal gauges the reaction.

Medium: Radio
Program: Five Nights
Broadcast Date: Dec. 1, 1971
Guests: Jean Chrétien, Gerry Kenny
Reporter: Merrily Paskal
Duration: 8:11

Did You know?


• Julie-Frances Czapla of St. Leonard, Que. submitted the name Anik in a national "name the satellite" contest in 1969. It means "little brother" in the Inuit dialect. Thousands of entries were submitted but this entry was eventually selected because of its symbolism — bringing Canadians together and building a sweeping brotherhood.

• In 1973, CBC Radio-Canada became the first broadcaster in the world to use satellites for the full-time distribution of television services.


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