Audio Archives

CBC Archives

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Video, Audio, Text)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Culture Online Program: Department of Canadian Heritage

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

This is an online archive or CBC and Radio-Canada's video and audio (Tv, radio, movies, podcasts, etc) recordings. There are documentaries, TV shows, TV clips, Radio shows, Radio clips to browse. On the main page, there is a keyword search bar, as well as Featured, Recommended, Programs, On this Day, Great Inverviews, Most Popular clips, For Teachers and Guess Who? categories with featured clips.

Description of archive history or URL

Established in 2002, the archive collects over 12,000 online radio and television clips. The site has won the prestigious Prix Italia, along with other international awards. It is the largest online archive in Canada, and among the biggest in the world. It contains recordings for over 70 years of CBC programming. It attrachts over 600,000 visits monthly, and has no advertisements on the site.

Contact information

Shireen Cuthbert, CBC Digital Archives, (416) 205-7738 or

Searchable options

Searchable by Keyword, as well as advanced search: Phrase, all words, at least one word; topics, educational activities, radio clips, guests and CBC personalities, Tv clips. You can also search by Keyword, People, Programs, Date, Activities.

Relation from the audio to the text


Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Broadcast date, duration, medium, program, speakers and host, updated date are all shown.

Author bios and context within literary history

There is sometimes a short Bio and explanation of the recording

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Flip4Mac or Quicktime Streaming

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Archive now uses CBC Caffeine Player 17.8.0. JavaScript is required in order to view or listen to the material. Depending on the browser, Adobe Flash may need to be enabled as well.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Videos are available when the clip is a T.V. program. Pictures are shown when it is a radio clip.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

The clip plays on the original screen, streaming in quick time or flip4mac.

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Clip still plays on the original screen, just not using Quicktime or Flip4mac.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): The CBC Archive is accessible via mobile devices such as androids, iPhones, tablets, etc. Again, JavaScript must be enabled to play the media.


Browsing is good, as there are several categories and subcategories: Economics & Business, Arts & Entertainment, Environment, Health, Lifestyle, Politics, Science & Tech....etc

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

You can sign up for your own account and bookmark and save your favorite videos.

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