FLASHBACK: What’s wrong with Senate testimony on RCI’s 80% budget cut?

On May 1, 2013, the director of Radio Canada International (RCI) Hélène Parent and her boss Hubert Lacroix, the president of Canada’s national radio and television public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada were before a Canadian senate committee to explain the 80% budget cut to RCI.
Lacroix made the opening statement before the Senate Standing Committee [...]

FLASHBACK: Whole barracks around small shortwave receiver for Canadian federal election

“It pains me to hear that RCI will be leaving SW in June. Over the years I’ve counted on RCI to keep me connected with home, be it during my travels in Europe, Asia, and even the depths of the Amazon. Most of those areas have no access to [...]

FLASHBACK: Certificate of Recognition for the RCI Action Committee

In 2002 the Association of North American Radio Clubs (ANARC) awarded the RCI Action Committee with a Certificate of Recognition for our work in defending Radio Canada International. Here’s the text of the certificate:
Certificate of Recognition for the RCI Action Committee
The Association of North American Radio Clubs proudly presents a group Certificate of Recognition to [...]

FLASHBACK: 1945 first broadcast of int’l service

From the CBC Archives:
Broadcast Date: Feb. 25, 1945
The Second World War is winding down in Europe, but Canada’s new international shortwave radio service is just getting started. From its studios in Montreal and a web of shortwave transmission towers in Sackville, N.B., the service targets both Canadian and [...]

FLASHBACK: 2008 Cttee spokesperson suspended!

February 2008 – Action Committee spokesperson suspended!
Radio Canada International tries to “muzzle” communications union which represents RCI employees

The Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (FNC-CSN) is outraged by and condemns the three day suspension without pay of one of its union stewards, Wojtek Gwiazda. For years he has defended the international mandate of Canada’s Voice to [...]

FLASHBACK: 1982 – Ottawa news was important

On March 26, 1982 RCI inaugurated its Ottawa bureau. RCI Director Betty Zimmerman (fourth from left) with staff: three English and three French journalists. At the time, they were all kept very busy covering the nation’s capital. In 2010, one of the two (!) journalists of our reduced Ottawa bureau was [...]

FLASHBACK: KMPG: RCI Should Have Independent Funding

Study says RCI should not be integrated into the domestic service, the CBC/Radio-Canada
In October 1996, the Canadian component of KPMG, a accounting, tax and professional firm, released a report on RCI commissioned by the domestic radio and television service, CBC. The report came out at a time when RCI’s financial [...]

FLASHBACK: It’s always been about int’l mandate

An overview of the issues involved in RCI’s international mandate.
November/December, 2007 – Questions about the international mandate of Radio Canada International (RCI) were once again raised at a parliamentary committee as it prepares to issue a report on Canada’s public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada. The public broadcaster is responsible for RCI. And [...]

FLASHBACK: Parl Cttee: RCI essential int’l service

Ottawa, 11 June 2003 – In a massive report on broadcasting in Canada called “Our Cultural Sovereignty”, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage described RCI as “an essential international service.”
Among its 97 recommendations the Committee called on the “appropriate department [to] review [...]

FLASHBACK: Our submission to parliamentary cttee

Below is what our Committee submitted to the Canadian Heritage Committee in 2001 in an attempt to protect the international mandate of Radio Canada International. (You can see the Standing Committee’s response here.)

Radio Canada International and the Broadcasting Act:
The Need to Protect RCI’s International Mandate and its Operational Autonomy
A submission to [...]

What can you do?

The administrators of RCI and our domestic service CBC/Radio-Canada make the decisions, but they are also responsible to Canadians through Parliament and the ruling Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
We need for these administrators, politicians and the media in Canada and in [...]

FLASHBACK: We lose half the programs/staff

It’s hard to believe it’s so long: March 22, 1991 when our reality at RCI changed so radically. In December of 1990, our parent company the public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada announced that the international service would be eliminated unless the federal government paid for it (CBC actually had up until then budgeted [...]

FLASHBACK: “Repositioning” – more bad news

On February 2, 2004 we had another “briefing meeting” about what was about to happen at RCI. Here’s a portion of what I wrote back then on the RCI Action Committee web site:
The briefing meeting is over. We’ve been told about the “repositioning”, feels more like shuffling the chairs on the Titanic. A [...]

FLASHBACK: Bad decision reversed

From the beginning of June till mid October 2001, the RCI newsroom was empty on weekends…….no journalist and no announcer producer was permitted to work at keeping the world up to date on Canadian news on the weekend. All RCI produced newscasts, and all live programming were cut as part [...]

FLASHBACK: Union on RCI mandate at Parl Cttee

On May 25, 2007, the union representing most of RCI’s employees (Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada) called on parliament’s Canadian Heritage committee to protect RCI’s mandate saying “there will be nothing preventing the CBC from changing its international service” unless “the Broadcasting Act has been amended to protect RCI’s Mandate.” [...]

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Curriculum Vitae – Radio Canada International (RCI)

Seventy-five years is a long time, so it’s not surprising that most people don’t know what Radio Canada International (RCI) has done since its inauguration in 1945. Obviously, it’s impossible to list all its achievements and awards, but let’s try to look at a few of these.
Radio Canada International (RCI) was a highly respected medium [...]

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“It touched me a lot” Ingrid Betancourt on RCI news report

Ingrid Betancourt, a Columbian politician held captive for six years in her own country, was awarded the Quebec National Assembly’s medal of honour in 2009 for her commitment to human rights.
In a Montreal Gazette article, dated September 24, 2009, she describes her love for Canada, and how during her captivity she tuned into Radio Canada [...]

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Ça relève quasiment du saccage!

Voici des extraits d’un article rédigé par Hugo Prevost sur le site de la chaîne nationale Radio-Canada à propos des coupures à Radio Canada International:
Du côté du Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de Radio-Canada (STTRC), on s’insurge contre cette nouvelle réduction des effectifs chez RCI.
Du côté du Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs [...]

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‘Modernizing’ RCI to death!

En français ici
On December 3, 2020, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada announced “a major transformation” of Radio Canada International (RCI) titled “Modernizing Radio Canada International for the 21st century”. And if you didn’t know anything about the toxic relationship between the two, you would really think this was great news.
After all the [...]

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Le STTRC dénonce à nouveau une coupe à blanc faite à Radio Canada International

MONTREAL, le 3 déc. 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Le syndicat des travailleuses et des travailleurs de Radio-Canada (STTRC) dénonce la suppression de 13 postes permanents et 3 postes contractuels à Radio Canada International (RCI). La Société Radio-Canada (SRC) invoque une restructuration nécessaire pour assurer la pérennité [...]

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Five years ago, last day of radio at Radio Canada International

Five years ago, Radio Canada International stopped being a radio station, and only an on-line web service.
On the last day of radio programming on June 24, 2012, some of the newsreaders and host/producers ended their last broadcasts and then shared their reflections on Radio Canada International in this series [...]

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Last radio programme from RCI four years ago

That’s right, four years ago today on June 24, 2012, Radio Canada International (RCI) Canada’s Voice to the World broadcast it’s last radio programme. Live from our studios in Montreal, it was the Latin American section that said goodbye. Here’s a photo of the team during that last broadcast.

And here’s a link to a video [...]

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Celebrating? 70 years of Radio Canada International

The flood of wonderful memories, fueled by the old and not so old photos of Radio Canada International’s 70 years, is now, as I write this, suddenly mixed with regret, lost opportunities, and missing colleagues.
In a way I dreaded this anniversary, not knowing how to deal with this important milestone.

RCI has survived all these years [...]

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Radio Canada International – 69 today – what next?

Sixty-nine years ago today Canada’s Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King spoke the first words on Canada’s Voice to the World.  There was so much hope about how our international broadcaster would serve our country.
As the service evolved and became a dependable, innovative source of Canadian news and culture, its worldwide audience grew.
In 2012, our [...]

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