CBC News’ 90-Minute Supper-Hour Newscasts

Beginning Monday, August 31, Canadians wanting more local news can turn to CBC News’ new 90-minute supper-hour newscasts. CBC News has extended its 60-minute newscast and moved it to an earlier timeslot, from 5-6:30 p.m. (local time), to better serve Canadians.

“Canadians want more local news and want more options of when to get it,” said Kirstine Layfield, CBC Television’s executive director of programming. “So we are extending CBC News against a larger local footprint.”

This initiative by the CBC demonstrates leadership in the Canadian television market at a time when the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has asked all broadcasters to invest more in their local stations.

“CBC News will deliver balanced, reliable, up-to-the-minute coverage with the background and depth needed to really understand the story,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News.  “It’s really quite thrilling to be able to expand our local news coverage to better serve Canadians in an economic environment where the inclination could be to retreat.”

Coinciding with the expansion of local supper-hour newscasts, CBC Television will air GHOST WHISPERER at 4 p.m., CORONATION STREET at 6:30 p.m., WHEEL OF FORTUNE at 7 p.m. and JEOPARDY at 7:30 p.m.

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