From shortwave to the web: 70 years of change

image-pour-intro-669x1024Since February 25, 1945, Radio Canada International has been Canada’s voice to the world, first on shortwave radio, then on the web.

During its 70 years of existence, Radio Canada International has broadcast in 23 languages.  Today, listeners and web site visitors on five continents interact with us in five of the most-spoken languages in the world: English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

Some of the biggest names in Canadian journalism and culture have worked at Radio Canada International:

  • René Lévesque, a journalist who later became premier of Quebec
  • Judith Jasmin, who had a distinguished career in journalism
  • Peter Gzowski, a journalist and writer who became famous for hosting CBC radio’s Morningside program
  • Jacques Languirand, a broadcaster, playwright, writer, actor, journalist, producer, director and teacher. He worked at RCI in the 1950s
  • Georges Skvor, a poet recognized in the 1975 International Who’s Who. He was known by the pen name Pavel Javor and once worked in RCI’s Czech section
  • George Fiala, a classical music composer who wrote more than 200 works, including five symphonies
  • Anna Anders Nowakowski  recieved several war-time decorations including the Croix des Anciens Combattants Volontaires
  • Charles Tisseyre, current host of Découverte, Radio-Canada’s science program
  • Michèle Boisvert, former director at La Presse’s business section and now Executive Vice-President, Public Affairs at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, once worked in RCI’s French section
  • RCI also once employed a real Russian duke, dubbed ‘the Russian prince.’ Alexander Lieven came to Canada in 1951 and was a journalist in RCI’s Russian section from 1954 to 1979.

Radio Canada International also produced recordings that helped Canadian artists become known throughout the world including: Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Jean Carignan, Diane Tell, Karen Young and Oliver Jones.

For 70 years,  Radio Canada International’s mandate hasn’t changed: allow people who know little or nothing about Canada to learn about its culture, society and democratic values.

Through its news reports, interviews, programs, and  in-depth web series, Radio  Canada International continues to fulfill its mandate.

For Canadians, Radio Canada International offers unique view of the country and creates links with people around the world.

Radio Canada International has become an anchor,  a reference point and an integration tool for people whether they’re potential immigrants, new arrivals or simply have a deep curiosity about  Canada.

Radio Canada International continues to create these links in both of Canada’s official languages, as well as Arabic, Chinese and Spanish, the mother tounges of thousands of our listeners and web site vistiors, many who have been following us for years.

For its 70th anniversary, Radio Canada International  looks back on its history offering you a singular perspective of the country:  multi-cultural, uniquely Canada and resolutely looking to the future.

Soleïman Mellali
Web Editor-in-Chief
Radio Canada International


3 comments on “From shortwave to the web: 70 years of change
  1. Congratulation for 70th Anniversary of Radio Canada International.

    We are listeners of your program from shortwave to the web. Your program quality very nice. Your website is colorful & documented.

    Please publish a magazine for “From shortwave to the web: 70 years of Radio Canada International”.

    With best wishes,


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