Series GR-3378 - Provincial Educational Media Centre : school broadcasts

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Provincial Educational Media Centre : school broadcasts

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the series.

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  • 1940-1980, predominant 1950-1980 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Provincial Educational Media Centre

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Physical description

482 audio reels, 84 audio discs, and 21 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

In 1970-71 the Division of Audio-visual Services name was changed to the Audio-visual Services Branch. On April 1, 1974 this name was changed to the Provincial Educational Media Centre.

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Scope and content

The series consists of radio programs produced for B.C. schools and broadcast over the CBC's Pacific network. "BC School Broadcast" was a series of educational radio programs designed to supplement existing school curriculum. The majority of school broadcasts were organized and administered at the provincial level between the Department of Education and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The series went on the air in March 1938 as a twice-weekly program that later expanded to daily broadcasts. The BC School Broadcasts continued until 1980.

The series includes 38 episodes from 1940-1949 (mainly on audio disc), with the balance of the programs dating from 1950-1980. The series also contains the Education Department's one-page description sheets for each of the broadcast series/sub-series/programs on audio reels in the T4022 accession.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Received from the Provincial Educational Media Centre, 1981-01, 1983-02-25 and 1983-06-15.


The 380 audio reels from T4022 that were mastered in 2000-2002 are arranged in roughly chronological order, under their series and date-based call numbers, with description numbers in the AAAC range. These are followed by the additional 105 reels selected in 2014, arranged similarly, with description numbers in the AAAW range. The 91 programs on the audio discs in SD0011 are similarly arranged, with descriptions numbers in the range AAAC0412 to AAAC0505.

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Availability of other formats

There are reference cassette copies for 43 of the audio tape titles, and reference compact disc copies for another 2 titles. See the file list for details.

Restrictions on access

No access restrictions apply.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

The copyright on unpublished sound recordings expires at the end of the 50th year after the original recording was made. However, many of the school broadcast recordings include literary or musical works, or musical or dramatic performances, which may still be protected by artists' copyrights even after the sound recording copyright expires.

Finding aids

Item-level descriptions of the radio programs are available on-line.
A file list is available.

Associated materials

PR-1968, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fonds, includes the series AAAC3487, comprising audio discs of further BC school broadcasts and other radio programs from accession SD0249.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Series and collections descriptions were previously numbered AAAA8121 and AAAB5194.

General note

Accession number(s): 88-0059; SD0011; T4022


All 84 audio discs in accession SD0011, and a selection of 380 reels from accession T4022, were mastered to compact disc by the CBC Radio Archives Project, ca. 2000-2002. An additional 105 reels from T4022, selected in 2014, await future mastering to compact disc or another digital format. The remaining unselected and unmastered reels were deaccessioned in 2015.


Sound recording originals may be offsite in cool storage. Contact staff for specific details.

Credits note

producing company: CBU (Radio station : Vancouver, B.C.), producing company: CBR (Radio station : Vancouver, B.C.), producing company: British Columbia. Division of Audio-Visual Services, producing company: British Columbia. Division of School Radio Broadcasts, producing company: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, sponsor: British Columbia. Dept. of Education, sponsor: British Columbia. Ministry of Education, broadcaster: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Accompanying material

The textual material is housed in the documentation files for T4022.

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