On today’s date in 1945, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) officially started its international shortwave service, Radio Canada International (RCI).
In 2011, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) issued a 25-cent coin commemorating the CBC’s 75th anniversary. The coin’s design depicts a microphone created by CBC/Radio-Canada for its daily coverage of the 11,265 kilometre Royal Tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. Designed for outdoor broadcasts, the mic’s special wind-resisting device represented a major technological advancement and is still commonplace today.
RCI was often referred to as “the voice of Canada” in its early years. However, after several funding cuts over the past four decades, shortwave services were terminated in 2012. Since then, it has only been accessible via the Internet and in five languages (compared to the 14 languages it used in 1990). CBC also ended production of RCI news.