Royal Commission on Radio Broadcasting

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The Royal Commission on Radio Broadcasting, otherwise known as the Aird Commission, was chaired by John Aird and examined Canada's broadcasting industry. The report released its findings in 1929 when it concluded that Canada was in need of a publicly funded radio broadcast system. The Aird Report eventually resulted in the creation of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, the forerunner of the CBC.


From 1922-1932, the radio administration came under the ministry of marine and fisheries. The radio connecting lines became over-crowded during 1920s, causing debates on features of broadcast and signal problems. In December 1928, P.J.Arthur (Minister of marine and fisheries) founded the Aird Commission to develop a departmental report with suggestions on federal broadcasting policy. Sir John Aird, Charles A.Bowman and Augustine Frigon were members of this commission. When the commission organized between April 17 to July 1924, result got 164 oral statements, 124 written submissions and all the comments of nine provinces and controlled conventions. In the book 'the First Decade of Canadian' writer Mary Vipond argued that members of commission forethought consequences to a critical extent. She mentioned the Radio Branch of Department of Marine and Fisheries closely connected with Aird Commission's plan and also noticed the partiality of Aird commissioners in report. A national company Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission was settled up that would have power to operate and own all radio stations in Canada. Further control was given to the provinces to broadcast the content they want but within the provincial boundaries.