CBC Ends 83-Year Tradition of Broadcasting the Official 1 p.m. Time Signal 

According to a recent announcement by CBC and Radio-Canada, the National Research Council (NRC) time signal will no longer be carried by the broadcasters.

The NRC time signal has been broadcast for about 84 years (started November 5, 1939) and has connected Canadians at exactly 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

“But as of Monday, CBC Radio One audiences won’t be listening for the beginning of the long dash — they’ll have listened to the end of it,” CBC announced.

CBC Time Signal

The signal was used by sailors for navigation, railway companies for punctuality, and Canadians for staying on time. 

CBC declined an interview and would only provide written responses to questions about the change. 

In a statement, spokesperson Emma Iannetta described the signal as a “wonderful partnership,” but confirmed it’s being dropped due to accuracy concerns from the NRC.

Iannetta noted that most people now use their phones to get the time although some CBC listeners have a “fondness” for the signal.

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