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Weeknights At 10 P.M. Et, During The 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff

Beginning Wednesday, April 15

During the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canadians can turn to CBC Newsworld each weeknight for CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, and an extra edition at 10 p.m. ET. During the playoffs on CBC Television, THE NATIONAL airs before or after some of the games and in some markets at its current time, 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), depending on CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA game schedule.

THE NATIONAL is also available online, anytime, at www.cbcnews.ca/national. And on weeknights, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, the latest newscast is streamed live and is available as a video-on-demand at 10 p.m. ET.

Weeknight episodes of CORONATION STREET will move to 3:30 p.m. local time for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, beginning Wednesday, April 15, except for in Atlantic Canada where it will be seen at its usual time, 7 p.m. AT, and 7:30 p.m. NT.  Once the playoffs have concluded in mid-June, Corrie will return to its regular weeknight timeslot.

Fans can also catch the week’s episodes during the playoffs on Sunday mornings, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., beginning Sunday, April 19.

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Atlantic telecasts remain in usual timeslot

March 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET. on CBC

On Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. people around the world will turn off the lights for one hour to celebrate “Earth Hour”.

As the official broadcast sponsor with World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), CBC Newsworld will be there to mark “Earth Hour” as Canadians coast-to-coast power down in support of global climate action change.

For one hour live at 8:00 p.m. ET with Diana Swain in Toronto, and later, at 8:00 p.m. PT (11:00 p.m. ET) with Ian Hanomansing in Vancouver, CBC Newsworld will showcase what Canadians are doing to participate in this powerful event. Canadians will have the opportunity to witness the glow of their city lights vanish, demonstrating – through darkness – the need for action against climate change.

As a lead up to this worldwide rally, CBC Newsworld will broadcast The Tipping Point on March 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  This shocking documentary follows the Canadian Icebreaker Louis St. Laurent as it sails through the North West Passage. Viewers will watch as scientists warn Canadians of an ice-free summer arctic as early as 2012.

Millions of Canadians participated in the 2008 Earth Hour and more than 49 per cent of our nation chose to turn off their lights and other unnecessary power supplies.  Earth Hour mobilizes millions of people towards global change and shows how small actions can have big results. During these special hour-long broadcasts, CBC Newsworld will be calculating its energy usage and offsetting its carbon footprint by purchasing carbon credits in hopes of mobilizing the efforts of so many Canadians who work tirelessly to ensure change for future generations – tune in but turn off all your other appliances!

Follow all of the up to date CBC “Earth Hour” coverage through the following social media tools:

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Email: earthhour@cbc.ca


Thursday, April 2, AT 8 P.M., on CBC


Nearly 70,000 people were killed in the earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province on May 12, 2008. Lives and livelihoods, homes and villages were torn apart in seconds. Beijing’s first response was to ban media coverage from the disaster zone, but it was too late: Chinese reporters had hurried to the scene and were already filing live and uncensored reports. Their stories of unimaginable devastation unleashed an outpouring of international public support and sympathy. China took the unprecedented step of allowing international aid teams to come in. But soon the earthquake disappeared from the headlines, replaced by dazzling images from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. A year after the earthquake, what became of the people who survived? Viewers will witness their stories in China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures, airing on DOC ZONE, Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television.

A team from CBC Television’s award-winning Documentary Unit recently traveled to Sichuan in search of the people whose stories so inspired the world. China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures captures tales of incredible heroism and heartbreak. The film also explores whether the new image China presented to the rest of the world continued once the cameras moved on.

Viewers will meet Li Yue, a school girl who believed she was born to be a ballerina, but whose life was irrevocably changed after the earthquake when she witnessed many of her classmates die in front of her. Nine-year-old Lin Hao became a “Little Hero” in China, but his newfound celebrity has put a terrible strain on his family. And what of the Chinese journalists who were free for a time to report what they saw? One young reporter now finds herself the subject of controversy as people ask whether her desire to tell the story of a trucker trapped in the rubble ultimately imperilled his life? Perhaps one of the most enduring images of the earthquake was of a communist party official on his knees begging the parents of dead schoolchildren to stop their protest as they scream at him in anger. Did he follow through on his promises and did anything change for those parents?

China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures goes beyond the headlines to bring viewers tales of endurance and hope, of sorrow and rage, of life extinguished and life reborn.

China’s Earthquake: The People in the Pictures is directed by Susan Teskey. Executive producer is Jim Williamson.

Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age airs Thursday, April 2, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).

Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age investigates the world of Internet pornography, a multi-billion dollar industry whose explosive growth knows no bounds. A tidal wave of hardcore images saturates the net, beyond the control of law enforcement, politicians or parents. Children and teens are consuming pornography in ever-greater numbers, and the industry has spawned an entire generation of cyber-sex addicts. The cameras journey to California’s “San Pornando” valley, where viewers meet old-guard porn king Larry Flynt in his penthouse perch, a cyber-porn mogul at his sprawling multi-million dollar ranch, a backstreet bondage superstar and a porn agent promoting his latest discovery. Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age also explores the future of porn, including virtual online sex pioneered by a Vancouver company.

The documentary also reveals an epidemic of porn addiction from teenage cell phone users to a British Columbia oil executive who belongs to the fastest growing self-help group in the world—Sex Addicts Anonymous. As one sex therapist concludes, “the Internet is the crack cocaine of porn.”

Porndemic: Sex in the Digital Age is written, directed and produced by Robin Benger, produced in HD-TV by Christopher Sumpton and Robin Benger, edited by Greg Hopen, with music by Donald Quan. The documentary was produced by Cogent/Benger Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credits.

April 9

Air India 182 airs Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m. (1.5-hour commercial-free telecast)

Airing at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) is an encore presentation of Air India 182, a riveting documentary from renowned Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnarson on the final hours, days and weeks before Air India flight 182 disappeared off Irish radar screens. The documentary reveals the story of how Canada’s first major counter-terrorism operation failed to thwart the conspiracy and lays bare the ‘perfect storm’ of errors that resulted in the world’s most lethal act of aviation terrorism before Sept. 11.

This Can Happen to You airs at 9:30 p.m. (1/2-hour telecast)

Airing at 9:30 p.m. (10 NT) is This Can Happen to You, a fast-paced investigation into a case of wrongful conviction. The documentary is hosted by famous ex-boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. “The Hurricane” explores the case of Ronald Dalton, a Newfoundland banker, who was convicted of murdering his wife on the basis of faulty forensic evidence. Dalton served eight and a half years in prison before finally being acquitted in 2000. The documentary traces his ordeal from the night of his wife’s fateful choking accident and features a highly charged interview with Dr. Charles Hutton, the pathologist responsible for the conviction. Dalton’s final vindication occurred when Justice Antonio Lamer found his lawyers negligent in defending him, and recommended sweeping changes in the licensing of forensic pathologists.

This Can Happen to You is written and directed by Peter Thurling, produced by Joan Schafer, edited by Ron Wisman. Produced by Red Car Productions with participation of CTF, Canada film or production tax credit and OFTTC.










March 19, 2009 – Toronto, ON – Triptych Media is pleased to announce that principal photography will take place March 24th – 27th on a one-hour performing arts special for CBC Television entitled LOVE LETTERS FOR CANADA*. The special is hosted by Gordon Pinsent and will feature real-life acting couples in an exploration of the subject of love and relationships; created by Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent, based on the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters by A.R. Gurney.

LOVE LETTERS FOR CANADA,* which will include excerpts from Gurney’s play, will be performed by the show’s creators Peter Keleghan (The Newsroom, Made in Canada) and Leah Pinsent (Made in Canada, More Tears), along with some of Canada’s most well known acting couples, including Peter Donaldson (Emily of New Moon) and Sheila McCarthy (Little Mosque on the Prairie); Carlo Rota (24) and Nazneen Contractor (The Border); Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie); and Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (both of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) In counterpoint to the play excerpts, the special will include off-stage interviews with the stars on the subject of their views on the many colours of love from their own personal and inter-personal experiences. Acclaimed Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent (who performed Love Letters on stage with his late wife, Charmion King) will host.

“The play, Love Letters is a beautifully written and timeless tribute to love in all its many aspects. The play provided the inspiration to create this adaptation and to celebrate some of Canada’s finest actors, say producers, Anna Stratton and Robin Cass.”

LOVE LETTERS FOR CANADA* will be shot in the CBC Toronto studios directed by Tim Southam (The Bay of Love and Sorrows, One Dead Indian, The Tale of Teeka) with Production Design by Sean Breaugh (MVP:The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives). It is produced by Triptych Media (Heyday!, TheTale of Teeka, Emotional Arithmetic) with Executive Producers Peter Keleghan and Leah Pinsent,

LOVE LETTERS FOR CANADA* is produced in association with CBC Television with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund. CBC broadcast details will be announced at a later date.



…AND Jian Ghomeshi lands exclusive interview in Cohen’s Montreal home

CBC will offer the legion of Leonard Cohen fans the ultimate access to the legend with an exclusive online and audio preview of his upcoming Live In London release, via a television and radio special capturing his historic July 2008 concert from London, England’s 02 Arena, and a one-hour Canadian television and radio premiere exclusive interview with the Canadian icon. The Cohen extravaganza begins March 24. The two-CD set and DVD are available in stores March 31, 2009.

Please find programming highlights below:

From March 24 –30, fans can visit www.cbc.ca/spotlight for an exclusive audio preview of Cohen’s upcoming Live In London release. All tracks will be available for live audio streaming. CBC Radio 2 is the broadcast presenter of the Canadian leg of the Leonard Cohen World Tour 2009 and fans can also go online to find out about Cohen’s Canadian Tour dates.

LEONARD COHEN: LIVE IN LONDON, a one-hour television special airing Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m., and two-hour radio broadcast on Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m., on CBC Radio 2’s CANADA LIVE, captures Cohen’s July 2008 critically acclaimed concert from London, England’s 02 Arena.

LEONARD COHEN: LIVE IN LONDON gives Canadians a front-row seat to this concert from his phenomenal world tour and includes performances of quintessential songs by the iconic Canadian, including SuzanneHallelujah, I’m Your ManFirst We Take Manhattan, I Tried To Leave You, Dance Me To The End Of Love and Bird On The Wire.

From Cohen’s home in Montreal, Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, Canada’s premiere arts and entertainment program, interviews Cohen in a Canadian television and radio premiere exclusive. In this candid one-on-one interview, Ghomeshi asked Cohen about the future. Cohen replied: “I would like to hear me at 82.”  He also reflected on aging, mortality, love and financial loss. The one-hour interview airs Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m., on Q, on CBC Radio One and Sirius Satellite 137. An encore presentation of the interview airs Thursday, April 23, at 5 p.m., on CBC Radio 2. After April 16, the full interview will be available as an audio and video podcast at http://www.cbc.ca/spotlight.

Watch CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL on Tuesday, April 14, at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on CBC Television, and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld, for a sneak-peek of this exclusive interview.

Cohen is one of the most important and influential poets and singer/songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. Sex, spirituality, religion, power—he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human lives, always with a full appreciation of how elusive answers can be to the vexing questions he raises.

LEONARD COHEN: LIVE IN LONDON special and interview details:

CBC  Radio 2 exclusive online audio preview of Live In London  CD

March 24 – 30 on www.cbc.ca/spotlight


Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m., on CANADALIVE on CBC Radio 2


Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m., on CBC-TV


20-minute preview of exclusive interview with Leonard Cohen and Jian Ghomeshi on Q

Tuesday, April 14, at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on CBC-TV, and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC Newsworld.

One-hour interview with Leonard Cohen and Jian Ghomeshi

Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m., on Q on CBC Radio One (airs again at 10 p.m. on evening edition of Q on CBC Radio One). Encore presentation of interview to air Thursday, April 23, at 5 p.m., on CBC Radio 2.


Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m., on bold

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Sunday March 29 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

An investigation into the deadly world of germ weapons, Anthrax War begins in New York in the days following Sept. 11. Anthrax-laced letters, mailed to media and U.S. senators, killed five people and spread fear and panic throughout the nation.

For filmmaker Bob Coen, who was raised in Rhodesia where the white regime has been accused of unleashing anthrax against the black population, biological weapons have a deep personal meaning. He embarks on a journey that raises troubling questions about the FBI’s investigation of the 21st century’s first act of biological terrorism.

Coen’s investigation takes him from the U.S. to the U.K. and from the edge of Siberia to the tip of Africa. In a rare interview, Coen confronts “Doctor Death” Wouter Basson, who headed Project Coast, the South African apartheid-era bio-warfare program. Project Coast used germ warfare against select targets within the country’s black population. Coen probes for confirmation that Basson had the support of the West.

Anthrax War also investigates the mysterious deaths of some of the world’s leading anthrax scientists, including Dr. David Kelly, the U.K.’s top military microbiologist, the Soviet defector Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, and Dr. Bruce Ivins. The FBI claims—despite the doubts of highly ranked U.S. officials—that Ivins was the only person behind the U.S. anthrax murders.

In tracing the 2001 bio-terror attacks in the U.S. to the heart of the U.S. bio-defense program, this film raises an alarm. These attacks that helped prepare a country for war have also spawned a multi-billion dollar bio-defense boom. The line between bio-offense and bio-defense is becoming extremely thin. Biological weapons research is now being conducted by corporations and private labs without effective government oversight. The international treaty prohibiting the development of offensive bio-weapons may no longer be sufficient to keep the world from drifting towards the unthinkable—biological warfare.

Anthrax War was written by Harold Crooks and Bob Coen, directed by Bob Coen and produced by Christine LeGoff and Natalie Dubois. Executive producers are Arnie Gelbart, Yves Jeanneau and Eric Nadler. Anthrax War is a Canada-France coproduction produced by Galafilm and TelFrance/Transformer Films for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Société Radio-Canada and ARTE.

Anthrax War airs on THE PASSIONATE EYE, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on Sunday, March 29 on CBC Newsworld.

Wednesday March 25 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

In this intriguing documentary, Sam Vaknin, a self-proclaimed psychopath, goes in search of a diagnosis. In a scientific first, he allows himself to undergo testing to find out if he was born without a conscience. Vaknin and his long-suffering but ever-loyal wife, Lidija, embark on a diagnostic road trip to the world’s top experts in psychopathy. These experts put Vaknin (and his wife) through a battery of rigorous psychological tests and neuro-scientific experiments. Vaknin, a former corporate criminal, is shocked at the results. I, Psychopath airs Wednesday, March 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on WILD DOCS! on CBC Newsworld.

I, Pshychopath is directed by Ian Walker and produced by Sally Regan.


Tuesday March 24 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

Video Lottery Terminal addiction is a serious problem in Canada, but does the government’s need for revenue mean the enormous social costs are being ignored?

Narrated by Gordon Pinsent, this compelling documentary tells the personal stories of three people addicted to playing Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs). One of the featured VLT addicts is John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys), who has been campaigning for years to raise awareness of the detrimental effects these machines have on people.

While provincial governments and gaming corporations have made efforts to reduce the negative impact of VLT gambling, Dunsworth draws special attention to the estimated 300 suicides each year by addicted gamblers. His fight to ban the machines is set against the backdrop of a class-action lawsuit and the stories of two people whose addiction led to suicide.

Playing the Machines airs on THE LENS, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on Tuesday, March 24, on CBC Newsworld.

The film is directed by Barbara Doran and produced by Rob Blackie (Morag Loves Company, St. John’s, Nfld.) in association with CBC Newsworld.

Monday March 23 at 10 P.M. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld

This documentary is the shocking story of British women of Pakistani descent who are forced to marry against their will. Forced to Marry follows a unique unit of the British High Commission as they carry out dramatic rescues in remote and rural Pakistan. There’s a lot at stake. If the unit is unable to help a young woman, she may be in grave danger. Young women thought to have brought dishonour to their families may be beaten and even killed.

The film tells the dramatic stories of Tania and Rubina. Tania has been forced to marry a cousin she barely knows, and makes the difficult decision to defy her family and flee to the U.K. Rubina, who’s been physically abused, is torn between her desire to escape and loyalty to her family. Forced to Marry airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Monday, March 23, on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC Newsworld.

Forced to Marry is a BBC production. Editor is Louise Norman.