Canadian Forces Radio and Television

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English: Canadian Forces Radio and Television (CFRT), French: Radiotélévision des Forces canadiennes (RTFC), was a television and radio network system broadcast by satellite to those members of the Canadian Forces ground forces who served overseas in places such as the Middle East, Africa and Europe and, due to popular demand, the service began broadcasting to Her Majesty's Canadian Ships in April 2002. The network was not available domestically within Canada.

The network consisted of two separate feeds, one for each of Canada's official languages, English and French, sourcing programming from the CBC/Radio-Canada, and commercial networks such as CTV and TVA.

On February 5, 2014, CFRT announced it would cease operations in April 2014. The closure was due to a reduction of Canadian military personnel serving overseas, as well as advancements in other avenues of television and radio broadcasting.[1] The final broadcast ended April 1, 2014, at 00:00 EST.

Broadcasts to Canadian forces in Europe began in 1951. The Canadian Forces Network (CFN), or Reseau des Forces Canadiennes (RFC), made radio broadcasts from Brunssum, the Netherlands from 1978 until September 30, 2014 to Brunssum, Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE)in Casteau, Belgium. CFN broadcasts ceased due to budget cuts by the Canadian government. CFN Europe was broadcast on the Astra 1A satellite, until its decommissioning in December 2004, and later on the Eutelsat 9A satellite. In Europe, Canadian radio programming (e.g. Radio Canada/CBC/RCI) can now only be received via the Internet.

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Neil Lundy was an announcer with the Canadian Forces radio and television network in Lahr, Germany from 1980 to 1987. He was on loan of service from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He left CFN, Lahr, Germany in 1987 to join Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster in Cologne,as the anchorman and correspondent for European Journal, the weekly TV news magazine program broadcast to a world wide audience.

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  1. ^ "International Datacasting Announces Upcoming Termination of Canadian Forces Radio & Television Broadcast Services" (Press release). International Datacasting. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 

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