January 25, 2022

Canada: CBC Says it Will Carry on with Destruction of Broadcast Archives Once Digitized

UPDATE May 31, 2018 Archivists Fear CBC Vancouver’s Old Film and Video May Be Trashed (via Vancouver Sun)

–End Update–

From the Canadian Press:

A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.

The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation says the public broadcaster’s English service earlier this month began destroying acetate transcriptions, as well as audio and video recordings that span eight decades, after converting the master copies into a digital format.

The foundation asked the CBC earlier this year for time to find a suitable space to archive and preserve the material, but says it was turned down.


The CBC acknowledges it started this month to destroy original recordings that had been converted and would continue to do so until the end of June.


It [the foundation] told the minister a plan was in the works to store the CBC’s archival content in the decommissioned underground NORAD Canadian Forces base in North Bay, Ont., but that it couldn’t meet a Mar. 31 deadline earlier this year to transfer the materials and asked the minister to delay destruction of CBC’s original English-language programming.

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See Also: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio-Canada Announce Mass Digitization of Audiovisual Archive Project (1.3 Million Assets; May 12, 2018)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.