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04 april 2012, 15h55

RCI slashed

Picture CBC President Hubert Lacroix announced cuts to RCI on Wednesday
(CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)

Spending cuts announced last week in Canada's latest federal budget have reached Radio Canada International. Speaking to employees at RCI's headquarters in Montreal on Wednesday, RCI director Helene Parent declared that two out of three RCI employees---about 40 people---will lose their jobs by the end of July. RCI's Russian and Portugueuse sections will be closed along with the English and French-language newsrooms. All shortwave broadcasts will cease as well. RCI will continue to exist solely on the Internet in five languages---English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Mandarin.






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COMMENTAIRES

11 June 2012 - 12:32

Now when counting days towards RCI's end on short-wave, it really makes one sad and nostalgic. Everything nice too give way to change, which brings in new technologies which just push out things which positively touched the lives of so may silent masses who so much cherished using a technology which they could afford. So many people who listened to RCI on short-wave do not have access to a good internet connection to listen again to RCI. They will all miss out on RCI, may be, for life. So many listeners who will be deprived of RCI's wonderful programmes on short-wave shall never be able to listen to them through a new medium which is far beyond their reach! Alas new technologies come destroying the sweetness of the old!

Sent by Dev Dev Narayan, KANNUR, INDIA

07 June 2012 - 23:44

I am heartsick about losing RCI. I am a 83 year old Canadian who grew up listening to the CBC. As a long time insomniac, I have enjoyed the rich and varied offerings of RCI for many years. I am particularly sad about the loss of The Link,which consistently interesting and intelligent. Surely there are better options than robbing so many of your loyal listeners of this quality programming!

Sent by Margot Herbert, Edmonton, Canada

01 June 2012 - 14:01

During the late 80's I worked in India for 3.5 years. RCI was the sole link to Canada. I tuned in daily. It was a special feeling when I heard familiar voices and programs. Even then the service had been cut back. I believe there was a repeater further east so had to work the freqs diligently to get a decent signal. John John has it right. This is just one of the Canadian cultural venues that this right wing bunch has in their sights. Any public forum or any person who opposes is a target to be shut down or shut up. Their main business is wallowing in the Tar Sands at any cost. We live in Klutzville.

Sent by D.M. Stapleton, Niagara on the Lake ON, Canada

01 June 2012 - 08:14

The Canadian government will spend $25 Billion over 25 years to buy, maintain and operate sixty new fighter jets. Wouldn't 59 planes be enough and the $400 Million savings would keep RCI going for years (if these Wikipedia figures are accurate): "Figures are in units of millions, Canadian Dollars (CAD). 2003: 14.2 Million {CAD / year} 2004: 14.4 Million {CAD / year} 2011: 12.3 Million {CAD / year} 2013: 2.3 Million {CAD / year} RCI's Gross Cost per Canadian resident (per year) is: 0.38 CAD (2003, 2004)." Where do I send my 38 cents ?

Sent by Ron Hutchinson, Picton, ON, Canada

22 May 2012 - 22:51

My suggestion is for the CBC to close RCI and upgrade the Sackville, New Brunswick facility so the CBC can rebroadcast select programs of CBC Radio 1, 2 and 3 as well as Radio Canada streams in French to the world 24 hours a day with stable transmitters. Internationally relevant advertisements could be added. Shared transmitter arrangements with other countries could continue. The shortwave bands are much less crowded than they were during the Cold War so power can be reduced and transmitters can operate with one sideband suppressed to further save power. In addition, the long ago abandoned plan to build a west coast transmitter at a site like Tofino, British Columbia should be reactivated to provide better coverage to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Co-located at the transmitter sites could be wind power and solar energy farms to again bring power costs down. The entire enterprise could be co-funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) to help it fulfill it's mandate. I'm full of great ideas...just ask me!

Sent by James Hartford, London ON, Canada

30 April 2012 - 18:43

As a SWL since 1960, RCI,was a free to the world news service like the BBC,the internet is impersonal and not world-wide!Short Wave Listening is FREE!Running the Sackville SW Transmitter at weekends would save costs and keep radio alive! Radio waves are natural! the Internet is manmade and can crash easily world wide! Short Wave Lives!

Sent by Frank Fleming, Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland

28 April 2012 - 14:58

I have been listening to Radio Canada for nearly 60 years and even though you no longer broadcast to the UK, the signal to Africa was usually quite audible. Internet radio might be fine for some with a fast connection, but in the countryside there is no subsitute for sitting down in a chair and listening to the radio. I shall miss Radio Canada and I think the decision is very short-sighted.

Sent by David Goodwin, Nafferton, England

26 April 2012 - 01:18

For those interested in preserving the history of shortwave transmission sites of International Broadcasters, in this case Sackville for RCI; please Google the 'Shortwavesites Yahoo Group'. Contributions of stories, images, material etc all welcome. Memories of RCI on SW, especially during the 80's era was so important to me. Back in the days when programming was targeted to the SW listener.

Sent by Owner Shortwavesites, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

16 April 2012 - 14:07

I'm pissed off! I've enjoyed listening to Radio Canada International through the years, because it's introduced me to the Canadian perspective on world events, as well as shared some of its talented musical artists. I hate to see RCI go, especially the great music and cultural programming.

Sent by Richard Clifford, Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

15 April 2012 - 15:48

Winston Churchill is credited with the comment "To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war." Harper's government seems to think otherwise. It is a big mistake for CBC to follow him down this road.

Sent by Roger Christie, Whitehaven, England

10 April 2012 - 21:13

It is a shame that RCI is shutting down their transmittions over shortwave, just like Radio Netherland. Governments should not let shortwave radio transmissions die. The internet is a great tool to keep yourself informed, but it can fail. Imagine a full blast attack from Anonymus. Shortwave radio is the true worldwide broadcaster, and must remain in existence. I urge to the government of Canada to reconsider their decision. It is a mistake to shut down RCI shortwave transmissions.

Sent by Edwin Torregrosa, Carolina, Puerto Rico, USA

10 April 2012 - 03:26

Ceasing SW operations is very much a mistake. I'll nearly guarantee that comment. Why? Due to governmental interference and meddling with the InterNet, users will be a slow and then quickening pace in abandoning the InterNet. Where will those users go? You got it. Those former users of the InterNet will become listeners of HF digital radio such as DRM. RCI made a bad decision with very bad timing. ;)

Sent by tpreitzel tpreitzel, Meridian, Mississippi

08 April 2012 - 14:38

So many stations are leaving shortwave today. But with RCI I'm losing 'a friend' over decades. I'm very unhappy, indeed.

Sent by Herbert Meixner, Traisen, Austria

08 April 2012 - 13:40

I first tune in to radio Canada when I was fourteen on a 3 transistor sw kit I built myself I remember listening to as it happens on a nightly basis. This news saddens me greatly. Further more I see this as a huge mistake. E. Dedos, Ma USA.

Sent by Ernie Ernie Dedos, Holbrook, Usa

08 April 2012 - 11:40

Would anyone care to comment on the allegation that present CBC management may have overstated the cuts, for maximum political impact in budget week? (In the past, this tactic has seen reversal of some of the reductions, some time afterwards). Let's hope!

Sent by Peter MacKinnon, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

08 April 2012 - 05:07

Canada, you are, in so many ways a great nation, however your government is making a mistake doing this. There are billions of people around the world who still have no Internet access. Shortwave radio is their only outlet to the outside world. Stations like RCI provide a message of peace and culture to them,. It's a shame. I guess Canada has greedy neocons like the USA does.

Sent by Doug Doug Spoelker, Louisville, Ky, USA

08 April 2012 - 03:51

Very sad to see RCI on shortwave going silent.RCI should realise that there are still a large number of listeners to its shortwave service in India. All the best to RCI on new delivery platform(Internet)

Sent by M Muralidhar, Bangalore, India

07 April 2012 - 02:29

ICI CANADA or THIS IS CANADA was the password in years past. A great pity with another world voice gone.I have never,and never will use the internet as a substitute,it just doe3snt cut it like radio did.

Sent by DON RHODES, Melbourne, Australia

06 April 2012 - 14:24

When traveling in remote areas of the world I can get absolutely no news of Canada; as if Canada did not exist. In central Europe, the Caribbean - outside of resorts, or Quebec wilderness country, if there is no wifi there is no internet radio. Especially with the quality of the emerging digital shortwave (DRM) technology, could not we maintain one antenna to transmit some news of our country? Something that's free and available to everyone!

Sent by Steve Roller, Ottawa, Canada

06 April 2012 - 14:04

BIG mistake in shutting down RCI on shortwave! I've been listening to RCI for over 40 years. It's always been there, without fail. The Internet is no replacement for hearing RCI. We already know happened when CBC shutdown the 50,000 watt AM stations that blanketed the Northeast (CBM/940, CBA/1070, CBE/1550 and so on). And now RCI will cease to be available on shortwave. You really ought to reconsider your decision. BIG MISTAKE!

Sent by Peter Peter Q. George, Whitman, Massachusetts, USA

06 April 2012 - 10:02

Another of my favorites station going down!. But I understand that times changes. This in not a good news for SWL. But thanks Radio Canada, For years you keep me well inform. Now is just time to change te seat, I will be there! From shortwave Radio to Internet, this is the ticket!.

Sent by Jaime Vega, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

06 April 2012 - 05:23

As a lonely teenager in the 1960s I listened at night to "As It Happens" from Radio Canada International - "from Montreal in Canada and across the world on shortwave, this is, As It Happens", and it was, too, a truly inspirational programe. So, thank you for that programme, and you'll be missed on the bands.

Sent by Andy Andy G0SFJ, Market Harborough, UK

06 April 2012 - 02:11

RCI has been 'ended' before, but alas, I think I believe them this time. The loss of CBC programming on SW will leave most of us unable to get any Canadian perspective reliably -- shoot with CBC Windsor going to FM I can't even get that any more and I live less than 1.5 hours from the border! I sincerely hope this won't happen but I'm afraid that 'price of everything but value of none' comment is exactly right. What a shame.

Sent by KV Zichi, Williamston MI, USA

06 April 2012 - 00:10

Dear The Link, my best and most authentic program, The Government has declared war on its people. The strategy is: 1. Divide and Conquer - by going to more regional/local areas, we lose our identity as one nation and are alienating ourselves from each other. We are weakened and easier to govern. 2. Putting more money into the military than keeping our country's people together. For instance, as one CBC listener mentioned, One Jet in trade for an emaciated CBC !!! This is "communication" via war machines and certainly divides Canadians and shames us on the world stage. 3. By shortening newscasts and buying news from elsewhere (thereby sending my tax dollars outside the country), we shall have small bytes, no context, and a misrepresentation of Canadian values. As well, cutting Canadian- produced documentaries, we omit our own voices and slowly adopt that of others. 4. Doing these dastardly deeds over the next few years is a sneaky way to alter our traditional CBC broadcasting, thinking the people will forget how it once was. A typical ploy when making changes which will not be received well. I have not forgotten how things were, and I have noticed how partisan many announcers and/or writers have been in the last few years, as well as how often we get gov't-biased guests who water down and/or omit recriminating facts in their views. This huge cut-back is our reward!

Sent by sharon lawrence, saanichton, canada

05 April 2012 - 22:24

It´s a sad decision...I was born to a Canadian father in Venezuela and remember him listening to RCI on shortwave on Sunday night, he in English, and my mother (French-speaking Belgian) in French. RCI was the only link we had to Canada in those days. My mother still has at home a small plastic flag I got from RCI for sending a reception report (QSL).

Sent by Bernard DeKoninck-Bertaud, Montreal, Canada

05 April 2012 - 18:54

The loss of broadcast radio signals from a democracy like Canada means it will be considerably easier for oppressive governments to prevent penetration by the voices of freedom: Merely block Internet access to the web sites of RCI, VOA, and others. The day may come when the powers will regret shutting down their broadcast transmitter facilities. As an RCI listener since 1976, I have appreciated RCI's journalistic integrity and high production values. Thank you to all RCI staff through the years for a job well done.

Sent by Brad Farrell, Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A.

05 April 2012 - 12:35

I have seen this happen before with other short wave broadcasters, it is very disturbing to say the least! Now with the pending loss of RCI and it is popular at that, this decision needs to be reviewed. Neither the Internet nor computer makes up for short wave radio as it is not radio. This loss is like loosing a good friend! Please reconsider!

Sent by Rod Wallberg, Ishpeming, Michigan, USA

05 April 2012 - 10:17

This is truly a Black Day for ever Canadian..Radio Canada International has been a part of Canada's Voice to the World and to the Nation. Shame on the Conservative Government for doing this..I would rather see the Senate gone then RCI gone....... Edward Kusalik a long time shortwave listener since 1965,plus a radio enthusiast since 1959.....

Sent by Edward Kusalik, Daysland, Canada

05 April 2012 - 08:14

I did the math and 2 out of three is 66% of staff will have no job. I have a short waive radio and there is almost nothing worthwhile on. RCI was always took the hit on job cuts. its a shame.

Sent by Jim James F. Borek, Niles, IL, USA

04 April 2012 - 22:37

Internet is not the answer. RCI should expect their audience to drop to near zero.

Sent by Mark Coady, Peterborough, Canada

04 April 2012 - 21:58

Gee, your Conservative government (which true to form seems to know the cost of everything but the value of nothing) sure knows how to celebrate the 75th anniversary of perhaps the country's most important cultural icon, an institution without which there would very likely not have been anything called a distiinctive Canadian arts, music and culture. Sad.

Sent by John John Figliozzi, Halfmoon, NY, USA

04 April 2012 - 20:13

What a shame. I visited the RCI shortwave transmitter in 1991 when I was twelve. Visiting the site and meeting the staff who worked there inspired me to follow into a career in technology and eventually into broadcasting. The sight of the massive antenna structures in Sackville will be sorely missed. The shortwave service to the United States was a strong link for many ex-pats and US citizens looking for access to programs like "As It Happens" and "The World at Six" in the decades before the internet and podcasting. The endearing contribution of the RCI technical staff at Sackville will be sorely missed.

Sent by Jason Jason LaPierre, Halifax, NS, Canada

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