CBC National IDs

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
mr3urious, Thisisanswer, rj4712, CooleyBoy10 and AlmightyKingPrawn

Editions by
Unnepad, Edc4 and Henrynguye5

Video captures courtesy of
Luli Logo (Lucia Oliveira 2), retroquebec, retronewfoundland, WNED17, Retrobox, Retrontario, tvlondon, JBird30761, MTLTV, and Edc4

1st Bumper (Anything Can Happen On Channel 6) (1950s/60s?)

Logo: On a black background, we see pictures of two legs and feet, which move up and down as if they are dancing. We then cut to see a picture of a rocket, which "takes off" accompanied by the background flashing rapidly.

We then see even more random images both still and made to "move":

  • An old man thinking.
  • A man playing the piano, which is animated by going back and forth rapidly between two images of him doing so.
  • A jazz singer.
  • Two shots of a woman.
  • A man, possibly Louis Armstrong or at least resembling him, playing the trumpet.
  • A woman lifting a man with his leg up in the air as he does a pose, seemingly dancing.
  • An excited man making a weird face.
  • A Native American in a headdress.
  • The same "dancing" feet from before.
  • What looks like an Aztec jaguar statue, which zooms in 3 times.

We then see the text "ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN", which spirals away. We briefly see a shot of a man in a cowboy hat, then the text "ON CHANNEL 6". In very rapid succession, we see a closeup of an eye, the text "NEW SIGHTS", an ear, the text "NEW SOUNDS", and a bizarre looking humanoid artifact.

We then see:

  • An upper body shot of a hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens, then a lower shot of his legs, skates, and hockey stick.
  • Three shots of a Canadian football player catching a ball thrown at him, made to look animated.
  • The Parthenon.
  • A statue's hand.
  • A statue of a bearded man, possibly Zeus.
  • A statue of a naked bearded man crawling through the legs of and peering up at an angel with their bare butt visible.
  • A man with a mustache smoking a big cigar.
  • Yet another shot of the "dancing" legs.

We then see two puppets animated in stop motion, the left one having a paper with a "6" on it tucked under his bow tie and the right being shorter with two strands of hair. They turn to look at each other and open their mouths. A white "6" briefly flashes on screen at the end.

Technique: The pictures "moving" and the stop motion puppets at the end.

Music/Sounds: A rather loud and cacophonic piano tune.

Availability: Extinct.

Legacy: Infamous for being one of the cheesiest and strangest logos of all time, with its bizarre visuals and music. Many consider this ID unintentionally creepy, and those with epilepsy should really not watch the rocket takeoff scene. It at least represents the tagline "Anything Can Happen On Channel 6" well, if only because everything already happened in this bumper.

2nd Bumper (1956-1974)

Logo: On a cyan background, we see a dark blue map of Canada with longitude and latitude lines. On it is "RADIO-CANADA" with "CBC" either above or below it in yellow or white.

Variant: There is a black and white version.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: A male announcer saying "This is the CBC Television Network." In Quebec, where CBC is called "Radio-Canada", a different male announcer says "Ici Radio-Canada." There is also a version of it where it is silent, likely used at the end of program releases.

Availability: Extinct. Very rarely, you may be able to spot it on CBC if there is a special event involving archives going on.

3rd Bumper (The Gem/The Exploding Pizza) (December 1974-December 31, 1985)

Logo: On a blue background, several orange/salmon/yellow/red-colored objects form in the middle of the screen via a kaleidoscope/mirror effect, forming the pre-1986 CBC logo, which consists of a red "C" with several curved lines and half-circles on the outer edge. A white line is also seen during the logo forming, filling up the cut of the "C", but disappears when it was fully formed.


  • A prototype version exists. The animation is much different, the background is black and "Television Canada" appears underneath. This went unused.
  • A variant used in 1975 had different animation and a different fanfare. On a blue background, several small CBC logos pop up on screen to form a pattern, before the middle one zooms into the screen ala the "V of Doom" and overtakes the screen. This one is nicknamed "CBC of Doom".

Technique: The logo forming.

Music/Sounds: An 11-note woodwind sounder, with a male announcer saying "This is CBC." In Quebec, where CBC is called "Radio-Canada", a different male announcer says "Ici Radio-Canada." Earlier before 1975, this logo used a dramatic 3-note tune with flutes and brass.

Music/Sounds Variant: On one unknown show, the theme is played in the key of F and with different, less orchestral instruments.

Availability: Extinct, though like many things, it is preserved on old tapes and YouTube. It was used for 11 years and was dropped by the end of 1985 for the next bumper.

4th Bumper (January 1, 1986-November 1992)

Logo: On a different-colored background, depending on the variant, with a wavy pattern composed of pieces of the familiar "Exploding Pizza", the 1986-1992 CBC logo appears one-by-one in the center and shines. This logo is similar to the 1974 gem logo, but it's a bit thinner, and on here it's transparent and colored differently depending on the background.

Variants: Many variants were commissioned for this logo, and were color-coded for each period of the day.

  • Morning: The background is colored purple/tan/blue gradient, and the CBC logo is colored cyan/tan/pink.
  • Afternoon: The background is colored cyan, and the CBC logo is colored cerulean.
  • Evening: The background is colored turquoise, and the CBC logo is colored cyan.
  • Night: The background is colored black, and the CBC logo is purple.
  • 50th Anniversary (the only known non-daypart version): The background is black, and the CBC logo is gold. Only used in 1986.

Technique: The background waving, and the parts of the "Gem" appearing one by one. Animated by Omnibus Computer Graphics.

Music/Sounds: A 5-note synth-horn theme with a chiming backbeat, and an announcer saying "This is CBC Television" or "Ici Radio-Canada". This was used with the afternoon/evening variants. The morning variant used a majestic flute tune in place of the horns, whereas the night and 50th anniversary variants used more orchestral-sounding renditions of the tune. The 50th anniversary variant also used an announcer saying "CBC. 50 years of telling your story."

Availability: Extinct.

5th Bumper (November 1992-December 31, 1997)

Logo: We see a shiny 2x2 grid, with the right top square reading "CBC" and the opposite square reading "SRC". The grid then opens up and turns into a circle. The camera then zooms out as several pieces zoom out onto the circle to reveal the current CBC logo, which is bolder than the other variants and has a solid circle in the middle instead of a "C". Several green, blue, and red streaks move between the logo parts.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A piano theme with a horn flourish. An announcer says either "This is CBC. Public broadcasting.", "This is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation", "This is CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.", or "Ici Radio-Canada".

Availability: Same as before.

6th Bumper (January 1, 1998-December 31, 2001)

Logo: On a white background, a strange object opens up in the middle of the screen. The official logo of CBC, which consists of the CBC gem with "CBC Radio-Canada" in between the gem, zooms out into a interlocking pattern of CBC logos. A red circle appears and spreads out into the gem as the pattern of logos zooms out and fades away, leaving the gem slowly zooming in.

Technique: The gem forming, the logos moving.

Music/Sounds: Same as before.

Availability: Same as before. It was used in tandem with the next bumper until December 31, 2001.

7th Bumper (September 2001-January 2006)

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Logo: On a white background with some rotating objects, we zoom through many digitized lines that move around. We then see 4 of them colliding, making the gem. The screen flashes and then the gem in red zooms out piece by piece. "CBC" and "Canada's own" fades in below.

Technique: The lines, the gem zooming out.

Music/Sounds: A majestic fanfare with the announcer saying "This is CBC, Canada's own."

Availability: Extinct.

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