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Global BC 60 Years

Global BC is celebrating an incredible milestone this year – 60 years on air and in the community! The station, originally branded CHAN-TV and airing on Channel 8, first signed on the air at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 31, 1960 from temporary studios at the corner of Richards and Davie streets in downtown Vancouver. A short time later the station moved to Burnaby, where it has been broadcasting from ever since.

In the leadup to Global BC’s 60 YEAR celebration on October 31, 2020, we’re looking back at stories, interviews and images that shaped our community over the past six decades.

Every Friday we’ll post one viewer’s special picture as the image of the week on our Facebook and Instagram handles – watch to see if your pic will be our next feature!

Fifty years ago, Ken Warren was a young man moving to Victoria for a new teaching job when he became a part of B.C. history.

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On Aug. 2, 1970, a Russian freighter crashed into the Queen of Victoria in Active Pass, almost slicing the B.C. ferry in two.

The collision killed three people. Hear from Warren about what it was like on board and how the crew reacted.

50 years since Russian freighter crashed into BC ferry in Active Pass
50 years since Russian freighter crashed into BC ferry in Active Pass

On the afternoon of July 3, 1960, Capt. John Telosky of the J.H. Carlisle fireboat noticed smoke billowing out of the B.C. Forest Products sawmill near Oak Street and West 6th Avenue.

60 years ago, a five-alarm fire destroyed four blocks in False Creek. Read the full story and see the footage here.

From the Global BC archives

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In addition to visiting Globalnews.ca/globalbc60years, be sure to check our community social media channels for exciting updates and opportunities for you to join in our celebration.

Follow along on our community social media channels for exciting updates and opportunities for you to join in our celebration:

Facebook: @GlobalBCCommunityCentral

Instagram: @GlobalBC

Twitter: @GlobalBC_Comm