The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation (CBMF) is fighting the CBC’s plan to destroy almost a million acetate transcriptions, audio and video tapes and other legacy master-recordings.
Radio-Canada intends to preserve its master recordings after making digital copies, but CBC has opted only to rely on digital copies.
The CBMF, which has been fighting to preserve this country’s radio and television legacy since 2001, requested a delay of the destruction to finalize plans for alternative custody and preservation of these unique, publicly-owned cultural assets.
CBC has apparently declined to alter its corporate timetable.
“It is truly disturbing,” said Kealy Wilkinson, CBMF’s Executive Director, “that at a time when Canada is finally committed to sustain and support indigenous cultures, it has become the first developed nation to systematically destroy master-recordings of its largest audiovisual heritage collection, our English-language radio and television artefacts.”
Canadian arts and cultural advocates, including ACTRA, and Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS) are calling on the CBC to stop the destruction of these valuable archives and work with the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation and the Department of Canadian Heritage to permanently protect an irreplaceable record of Canada’s twentieth-century history.
The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation (CBMF) is a not-for-profit charitable foundation working in the public interest to preserve and provide public access to Canada’s history, culture and broadcasting heritage.
Media contact: Kealy Wilkinson, Executive Director, Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 416-367-4772.
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