Broadcast History - December 2

Broadcast History - December 2

Postby jon » Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:13 pm

In 1928, current Canadian Communications Foundation (CCF) Vice President Pip Wedge was born in London, England. After a distinguished broadcast career, he was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Broadcast Hall of Fame in November 2006.


In 1955, the Royal Commission on Broadcasting was established by Order in Council. Its report was tabled on March 15, 1957, and instantly became known as The Fowler Report for the Commission's chairman, Robert Fowler. It created the Board of Broadcast Governors (BBG), stripping regulatory powers from the CBC. And tried to make a level playing field between public and private broadcasting, by having the BBG regulate both the CBC and private stations under the same regulations.

In 2002, 81 year old Allan Waters stepped down after nearly a half century as Chairman and President of CHUM. At that time, he still retained almost complete ownership of the company's common shares (87.9%), despite expansion that saw CHUM Ltd. own 28 radio stations, 8 TV stations and 17 specialty TV channels. Jay Switzer, President of CHUM Television, succeeded Allan as President and CEO. Allan died on December 3, 2005.

In 2008, 75 year old Ted Rogers, Jr. died in his home in Toronto, after recently being admitted to hospital with a cardiac condition. Best known for Rogers Cable, his communications empire actually makes most of its money from the Cellular Phone business. Rogers Radio owns radio stations across the country, including All News CFTR Toronto. Ted's father was a Canadian communications pioneer, inventing radios and transmitters that could be run directly on AC power from the local electrical utility, without out the need for batteries or other sources of DC.

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