September 19, 2021

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About CBC TV

CBC TV is the sole national broadcast corporation in Barbados. The channel provides viewers with local, regional and international content and provides special coverage of major political, weather, sporting and cultural events.

Established in 1964, CBC‘s original studio location was Sturges in St. Thomas. Then, viewers tuned in to Channel 3, 20 years later, in 1984, the station moved to Channel 9 and then in 1991 to Channel 8. As technology advanced CBC TV also made the move from analog to digital and now provides a crisp HD experience for its viewers.

Timeline




December 15th, 1964

CBC TV Channel 3 was launched

It was operated in Sturges, St. Thomas and was well received in parts of Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

The big move

The studio moved from Sturges, St. Thomas to the Pine, St. Michael

1966
1971

CBC launched full Colour

This made Barbados the 3rd country in the Commonwealth to have full coloured programmes.

Channel 9

CBC Channel 9 TV carried its first “live” recording broadcast, of the Independence Day Parade from the historic Garrison Savannah

1977
November 30th, 1978

100% Local Programming

Transmitted 100% local programming for 17 hours in celebraton of Independence Day.

Full Ntsc

CBC changed to full NTSC 525 lines transmission making Barbados the 1st country in the world to combine the USA NTSC System and th British 50 cycles.

1979
1981

Computer Assisted Election Coverage

CBC broadcasted its first computer assisted election coverage

Satellite

The Corporation broadcasts international television news via satellite.

1982
1984

Change to Channel 9 & Olympics

Transmission change to channel 9
First coverage of Olympics
First non-American affiliate in the Caribbean to legally access CNN.

Caribvision

CBC partnered with Jamaica Broadcasting Network and a Trinidad television station to start Caribvision.

1986
1989

School Sports

First live inter-schol sports coverage and first live test coverage of cricket from throughout the Caribbean.

CARICOM Coverage

First live regional coverage of the CARICOM Heads of Governemnt from St. Kitts

1990
1991

Transmission Change

Transmission changed to channel 3.