CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

CBC Parliamentary Television Network

Between 1979 and 1992, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation operated this specialty channel to broadcast the proceedings of the House of Commons. Television coverage from the Commons had only begun in 1977 with the CBC being assigned the responsibility to distribute the service to cable companies via Anik satellites. Because of budget cuts, the CBC announced in 1990 that it would no longer be able to provide the English and French parliamentary services. They planned to discontinue the service in 1991. Funding from the House of Commons allowed the service to continue for another year. In 1992, 25 cable companies formed the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) to take over the CBC’s role in broadcasting House of Commons proceedings.

Ownership: CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Start Year: 1979 to 1992