n 2011, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation which is most commonly known as CBC and officially known as CBC/ Radio – Canada is established on November 2, 1936 has happened to be the oldest existing broadcasting network in Canada. For the reason that CBC/ Radio – Canada has been at the center of Canada’s cultural, political, social as well as economic life, without a doubt, CBC/ Radio – Canada has played a significant part in the whole development of the broadcasting system in Canada (Schellenberger 3). Apart from that, CBC is at the center of the lives of linguistically and culturally diverse Canadian audience because it has reached out very huge geographical locations, brought them nearer together and granted them to share their one of its kind experience of North America (Schellenberger 3). As Canada’s public broadcaster, this media has functioned a task of promoting and increasing awareness of Canadian values (CBC/ Radio – Canada ii). Indeed, it has sustained the highest standards of excellence as a broadcaster.
Nonetheless, despite the role played by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the history of Canada, the history of CBC is threatened by financial crisis. With the given scheme of transitioning over – the – air television signals from analog to digital, the Canadian Radio – Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has imposed a mandatory transition timeline of 4 years of switching over – the – air television signals from analog to digital (Potts). On the one hand, the funds of CBC to support this plan are not sufficient given the reduced allocated funding provided by the federal government.
In this regard, the focus of this essay aims at a critical examination of the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The necessity to analyze the history of CBC is because of the significant role it has served in Canada. Through looking at CBC through a socio – historical perspective, the situation of CBC today can be