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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), also known as CBC/Radio-Canada, is Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster. Its first radio broadcast was heard on 2 November 1936, and its television network was launched on 6 September 1952. Based in Ottawa, it offers programmes in English, French, and, in northern Canada, in eight indigenous languages.

The CBC is subsidized by federal statutory grants and also derives revenues from sponsorship, advertising, and licensing programmes to broadcasters in other countries. The CBC is free from governmental control but is ultimately responsible to Parliament. This entry discusses the origin, operations and management, programming, and international broadcasting of the CBC.

Origin

The Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission was the predecessor of the CBC. It acquired radio networks from the Canadian National Railways, which ...

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