Radio Canada International celebrates its 70th anniversary

February 16, 2015

Radio Canada International will celebrate its 70th birthday on February 25 and throughout the week from February 23 to 27 with various reports and interviews posted on RCInet.ca, including personal accounts by former RCI hosts, journalists, and producers, a number of carefully selected program clips, short bios, and sound clips about big names who were at one time associated with RCI, such as René Lévesque, Glenn Gould and Oscar Peterson; and a photo album providing a visual retrospective of 70 years of stories. An exhibit of photos and artefacts will also be on display in the cafeteria at Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal from February 23 to 27. Members of the public are invited to come enjoy the exhibit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Help us look back at our history
For its anniversary, RCI invites web users to help document its history. Were you one of our listeners when we did our first shortwave broadcast? Did you discover us later on Sirius satellite, CBC or at RCInet.ca? Did listening to RCI help you to better understand Canada or keep in touch with Canada while you were elsewhere in the world? If so, you may have stories, anecdotes, photographs, sound recordings or articles about RCI to share with our audience – please contact the RCI team at info@rcinet.ca.

A Canadian perspective through the years
Created in the midst of World War II and then operating during the Cold War, RCI transmitted the voice and values of Canada around the globe. By 2012, given that the world had shifted dramatically in terms of technology and geopolitics, Radio Canada International stopped broadcasting on shortwave to focus on web operations in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin.

RCInet.ca now includes all-new original productions and features for people around the globe who know little to nothing about Canada – users have access to interviews, columns, news, a current affairs blog, and a multimedia production section. The civic values of openness and tolerance that characterize Canadian democracy are central to RCI’s concerns, as seen in the multimedia productions Democracy and Religion; Me, The Muslim Next Door; Mopaya Canada, and Black History Month. And let’s not forget Eye on the Arctic, a site developed with circumpolar partners determined to raise the awareness of people around the world of ecosystem interdependence and the effects of global warming on the Arctic environment and those who live there.

Radio Canada International’s 70th birthday – come share in and help us document our history at RCInet.ca.

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