This is a Teletype machine that provided news summaries, spot news, sports and weather to hundreds of radio and TV newsrooms across Canada. Most were enclosed in specially built sound-dampening cabinets or closets. (The example on the right has a keyboard which most newsroom did not have or need)
In the 1980s, Canadian Press and Broadcast News began to replace these Teletype machines with dot matrix printers but many in more remote areas still relied on these noisy ribbon printers. By the 1990s the teletype had become a relic of a bygone radio era as the wire services began sending digital signals to computer monitors.