CBC.ca


CBC.ca

CBC.ca is the English-language online service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It was introduced in 1996. Under its previous names, the CBC's online service first went live in 1993.

The Web-based service of the CBC is one of Canada's largest and most visited web sites. It currently contains over one million pages of information.

CBC also runs the French-language website [http://www.radio-canada.ca Radio-Canada.ca] .

History

In 1993, CBC launched an experimental web service, followed by a small site supporting CBC Radio and a site supporting the CBC Halifax TV program "Street Cents". By 1995, the CBC had consolidated its English radio and TV sites into a single website.

Around 1996, CBC began offering [http://www.cbc.ca/listen/index.html 24-hour live streaming] of its radio services using RealAudio. The next year, CBC launched [http://cbc.ca/kids CBC Kids] and covered its first federal election online. CBC launched its [http://www.cbc.ca/news news site] the following year.

In 2000, the CBC launched a wireless service and CBC Radio 3, an Internet-exclusive broadband magazine. Radio 3 provides streaming audio devoted to youth culture and independent music and is operated by CBC Radio.

In 2001, cbc.ca finished a major redesign that modernized the news portal, which involved re-coding and organizing approximately 20000 pages and involved a team including Krista Harris, Sean Burke-Gaffney, Fabio Gelsomini, Paul Buen, John Fortin, Marlyn Persaud, and Khal Shariff. They and other members of the team were recipients of an English Television Award.

In 2005, production of the Radio 3 magazine was suspended, although the site continues in podcast format. Some of its programming still aired as a Saturday-evening show on CBC Radio Two until March 2007. "Bande à part" is the French equivalent and also airs content as a weekend program on "Espace Musique". Both services launched as full channels on Sirius Canada in December 2005 and are also available to U.S. Sirius subscribers.

Content

The websites include news from the CBC News website, an extensive sports section, music, science, technology and entertainment pages, among other things such as CBC/Radio-Canada Archives. CBC/Radio-Canada also offers an extensive, free [http://www.cbc.ca/archives Archives] service showcasing pivotal moments in Canadian history from the 1930s on. Over 8,000 online clips and interviews from news and information programs provide an in-depth look at Canada’s past.

In 2004, CBC began offering RSS feeds, and in 2005, it launched a new online [http://www.cbc.ca/arts arts and entertainment magazine] .

In 2006, CBC.ca underwent another redesign after extensive study, with improvements to standards compliance.

Podcasting

In 2005, CBC began podcasting some of its programs as a pilot project, including CBC Radio One’s national science and technology program, "Quirks and Quarks", CBC Radio 3’s "Canadian Music Podcast", and limited podcasting of CBLA’s popular "Metro Morning" show.

In May 2006, CBC added several more [http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/ podcasts] , including "Dispatches", best-of editions of "Outfront", "As It Happens", "Ideas", "The Current" and "Definitely Not the Opera", weekly podcasts from regional radio stations and "Editor’s Choice", a daily showcase of notable network programming.

Awards

In 2003, CBC won an Online News Association award in the “service journalism” category for its coverage of the SARS epidemic. In 2004, CBC.ca was the only organization to win two awards from the Online News Association – one in the “specialty journalism” category for [http://www.cbc.ca/canadavotes Canada Votes] , its coverage of the 2004 Canadian federal election, and one in the “service journalism” category for ADR Database, a project from the CBC News investigative unit. CBC.ca was also a finalist in the “online commentary” category for [http://www.cbc.ca/news/indepth/words/ “Words: Woes and Wonder,”] a series of columns about the English language.

In 2007, CBCNews.ca won the 2006 RTNDA award for best overall use of new media in Canada. [ [http://www.rtndacanada.com/Content.asp?PageID=4.3 RTNDA awards 2006] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.cbc.ca/ CBC.ca]
* [http://www.radio-canada.ca/ Radio-Canada.ca]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/archives CBC/SRC Archives]


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