CBC News

CBC has announced the addition of former CTV National News B.C. bureau chief Sarah Galashan to its Vancouver-based team.

Galashan will take on the role of breaking news reporter, joining the CBC News Now team in Vancouver.

“The addition of Sarah to our news team is a real coup,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News. “Having a journalist of her calibre as our breaking news reporter means we will be able to bring viewers first-rate live coverage in prime time.” Continue reading »

Canadian native Fiona Conway has returned home to take up the role of executive director of programming at CBC News and Centers.

The Emmy and Peabody winner has had stints in the past in American at the likes of Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight.

“Her career accomplishments to date are tremendously impressive, and her talents will only enhance what is already one of the world’s finest news organizations,” Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief of CBC News said. Continue reading »

CBC has issued an on-air apology for misleading viewers in a story regarding Gaza rockets being fired at Israel.

On Tuesday, CBC News anchor Reshmi Nair stated that the recent Gazan rocket attacks on Israel were the first in a year’s time where in fact 405 rockets have been fired in the past year.

Honest Reporting Canada wrote a complaint to CBC saying that their statement was incorrect and within hours of receiving the complaint, CBC issued the apology. Continue reading »

CBC News provides extensive and insightful live coverage of the installation of Canada’s 28th Governor General, David Johnston, Friday, Oct. 1, on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio and CBCNews.ca.

The broadcast special, The New Governor General, airs live across the country, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, on CBC Television and CBC News Network with chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge. On CBC Radio One, Kathleen Petty, host of The House, anchors live coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

Joining her is Andrew Cohen, columnist and president of the Historica-Dominion Institute, and Chris Hall of CBC News who will provide analysis. And CBCNews.ca carries live streaming of the ceremony and presents an exploration of the history of the Governor General’s role in Canada as well as dynamic real-time discussion of Canadians’ reaction to the departure of Michaëlle Jean and the arrival of David Johnston.

“Canadians have always turned to CBC News for coverage of signature events in the life of the nation,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News. “Our coverage will help Canadians learn more about the man, the position and what might be in store in the transition to a new Governor General.” 

Unique programming features include: On-camera commentary from Barbara Uteck, former Secretary to the Governor General (2000-2006); interviews with friends and colleagues who know David Johnston best; a look back on the years spent at Rideau Hall by Michaëlle Jean, and whether she changed the face of the position; live reports from Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial where the new Governor General will make his first official visit; live streaming of the installation ceremony; and an online discussion of the contributions of Michaëlle Jean and expectations for David Johnston.

Do you know where your charitable donations are actually going? On Wednesday, Sept. 22, senior investigative correspondent Diana Swain and CBC news teams across the country reveal just how much Canadian charities are spending on fundraisers-for-hire—and it’s more than you might think.

The burden is especially high for small charities, many of which have few resources to raise money on their own, so they often turn to professionals. But service comes at a cost. This special investigative report airs throughout the day on The National, CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio One and CBCNews.ca, and takes a hard look at how fees charged by the private fund-raising industry took three-quarters of a billion dollars out of Canadians’ charitable donations over five years.

Stories from across the country:

Across the country, CBC News teams present special reports as part of this investigation. In Montreal, the Fondation des Aveugles du Quebec (Quebec Foundation for the Blind) hired external fundraisers in 2009 and paid them a significant percentage of what they earned that year. In Vancouver, the fundraising giant Xentel raised $1.5 million dollars for the B.C. Wheelchair Sports Association between 2003 and 2009, and was paid $1.1 million, or 73 per cent. And in Saskatchewan, the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan hired an organization to help with its door-to-door canvassing campaign in 2008. When the campaign finished, the Society lost money on it—the first time ever.

As Canadians anxiously wait to see if Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2010 budget plan will generate more jobs, reduce or increase taxes, cut or enhance valued social programs, CBC News is on the ground in Ottawa preparing to cover every angle on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC News Network and CBCNews.ca.

On Thursday, March 4, CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Amanda Lang, Evan Solomon, Mark Kelley, Kathleen Petty and Alison Smith provide comprehensive coverage of the budget across all media platforms. Turn to CBC News for on-the-ground reaction and analysis from the public and private sectors, as well as key political players, and find out how the financial changes will affect the economic health of all Canadians.

Live Coverage of the 2010 Federal Budget:

Canadians can watch CBC Television and CBC News Network with CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, who will be joined by Amanda Lang and the esteemed At Issue Panel, including Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Allan Gregg. CBC News Network carries live coverage from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET, while CBC Television’s coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET.

Beginning at 4 p.m., on CBC Radio One, Kathleen Petty (The House) brings listeners coverage and analysis from Ottawa, with Chris Hall contributing. At 6 p.m. Alison Smith, in Ottawa, and Bernie McNamee, in Toronto, co-host THE WORLD AT SIX.

Tracking the budget online? Beginning at 4 p.m. ET CBCNews.ca/budget2010 carries a live video stream of the budget announcement. The special section also features a real-time play-by-play, with panel and audience participation, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. ET, staffed by CBCNews.ca reporters and columnists.

CBC News Network Prime Time:

POWER & POLITICS WITH EVAN SOLOMON at 5 p.m. ET/PT
On budget day, Evan Solomon hosts his show from the foyer of the House of Commons. He explores the political impact of Stephen Harper’s recalibration budget and whether it is a roadmap out of recession. Hear reactions from government and opposition politicians, lobby groups, economists and the show’s popular power panel.

LANG & O’LEARY EXCHANGE at 7 p.m. ET/PT
Amanda Lang and Kevin O’Leary look at the budget from a business point-of-view, getting the perspectives of CEOs, investors and taxpayers.

CONNECT WITH MARK KELLEY at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Join host Mark Kelley as he reports on what the budget says about creating new employment.

CBCNEWS.CA/BUDGET2010
Visitors to the website will find a wide range of special features including a budget overview, a summary of how it affects all Canadians from families to couples, and students to seniors, reactions from various industry sectors and more. Seasoned political host Don Newman looks at the budget through the lens of his experience and tell us in his column why it is so important politically. 

SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
On Wednesday, March 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, CBC Television, CBC News Network and CBC Radio One bring viewers special coverage of the throne speech delivered by Governor General Michäelle Jean, while CBCNews.ca streams it live at CBC.ca/politics

CBC News Network today announced schedule changes to its primetime programming. The following changes come into effect Monday, March 1 on Canada’s number one news network:

CBC NEWS NOW with Carole MacNeil is extended by 30 minutes, running from 2 to 5 p.m. ET. During Carole MacNeil’s broadcast, senior business correspondent for CBC News Amanda Lang will provide an update at 4:30 p.m. ET, recapping the top business stories of the day. POWER & POLITICS with Evan Solomon continues to air in the 5 to 7 p.m. ET timeslot. The popular THE LANG & O’LEARY EXCHANGE adds another 30 minutes of business news and moves to 7 to 8 p.m. ET, followed by CONNECT with Mark Kelley from 8 to 9 p.m. ET. The schedule for THE NATIONAL remains the same and broadcasts at 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network, and at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

In addition, Reshmi Nair, who currently anchors the breaking news desk on CBC News Network’s CONNECT with Mark Kelley, will expand her role and anchor the breaking news desk from 5 to 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday.

“Viewer feedback to the new CBC News Network has been extremely positive,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News. “These changes will build on this momentum.”

CBC NEWS NETWORK SCHEDULE BEGINNING MARCH 1, 2010:

CBC News Now with Carole MacNeil
Monday – Friday
2 – 5 p.m. ET

Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

Monday – Friday
5 – 7 p.m. ET

The Lang & O’Leary Exchange

Monday – Friday
7 – 8 p.m. ET

Connect with Mark Kelley
Monday – Friday
8 – 9 p.m. ET

CBC News The National with Peter Mansbridge
Monday to Saturday 9 & 11 p.m. ET/PT
Sundays at 9 ET/PT

As Canadians pay tribute to our troops and peacekeepers, who lost their lives in the Boer, First and Second World Wars, Korea and more recently Afghanistan, CBC News carries live coverage of the Remembrance Day Ceremony from the National War Memorial in Ottawa and brings Canadians first-hand accounts from those on the frontlines and their families. This year’s ceremony will also be attended by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they conclude their Canadian tour. Below are broadcast details for CBC News’ special Remembrance Day coverage for November 10 and 11.

November 10

CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge hosts a special edition of THE NATIONAL from Ottawa.  In the broadcast, Don Newman interviews Canadian combat cameramen from the Second World War. THE NATIONAL airs at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on CBC Television, and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC News Network.

On THE CURRENT, host Anna Maria Tremonti is joined by acclaimed historian Antony Beevor, author of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy, and Garth Webb, who was a 25-year-old Lieutenant in the Canadian Army when he first set foot on Juno Beach, on June 6, 1944. THE CURRENT airs at 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. NT), on CBC Radio One.

November 11

CBC News Special coverage of the Remembrance Day Ceremony from the National War Memorial in Ottawa:

· From Ottawa, Peter Mansbridge hosts coverage of the ceremony along with esteemed historian Jack Granatstein. The coverage airs on CBC Television from 10 a.m. – noon local (11 a.m. AT and 11:30 a.m. NT), and live on CBC News Network, at 10 a.m. ET.

· On CBC Radio One, Alison Smith hosts live coverage of the ceremony with retired Colonel Brian MacDonald, senior defence analyst at the Conference of Defence Associations, and Colonel Jean Francois Riffou, director of programmes at the Canadian Forces College. CBC News reporter James Fitzmorris will be at the War Memorial in Ottawa, and James Murray will report on how soldiers serving in Afghanistan mark the day. Coverage on CBC Radio One begins at 10:55 a.m. ET

· CBCNews.ca carries a live stream of the ceremony from Ottawa

· A moment of silence will be observed across the country at 11 a.m. local (12 p.m. AT, 12:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Television, 11 a.m. ET on CBC News Network

Remembrance Day Edition of THE NATIONAL:

CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge hosts a special edition of THE NATIONAL from Ottawa, at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on CBC Television, and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT, on CBC News Network. James Murray reports on Remembrance Day in Kandahar; and Mellissa Fung has a feature interview with Canadian Forces Captain Trevor Greene, and his incredible story of recovery from an axe attack in Afghanistan.

Remembrance Day Edition of THE CURRENT on CBC Radio One:

Host Anna Maria Tremonti interviews author Robert Sharpe to revisit the controversial tragedy of the Canadian Forces’ last offensive in the waning hours of the First World War. THE CURRENT airs at 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. NT), on CBC Radio One.

CBC Newsworld Beefs Up Its Sports Coverage: Sportscaster Jeff Marek Joins CBC News: Morning Team

Jeff Marek, popular sportscaster for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, joins the CBC NEWS: MORNING team. His sportscast will include two highlight segments, each hour from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, as well as coverage of breaking sports news during those hours. Marek will continue to host HNIC Radio on SIRIUS.

A 14-year sports-talk radio veteran, Marek joined CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA in September 2007, providing intelligent hockey talk, insight and debate during the three-hour national daily drive-time hockey program. During select games throughout the season, Marek also works as a rinkside reporter and host of I-Desk for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, and he covered several events for CBC’s coverage of Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games.

The Toronto native is well known for his previous work on Leafs Lunch on AM 640 Toronto Radio, where he became one of sports talk radio’s most authoritative personalities. Marek joined AM 640 in 2000, hosting The Jeff Marek Show, a nightly open-line talk show, while working as the station’s morning news anchor. He quickly became the director of sports news and joined host Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch.

“Jeff’s natural hosting ability and interesting perspective on sports makes him a perfect fit for the morning show, and his arrival frees up Colleen Jones to file reports at large,” said Cynthia Kinch, director, CBC Newsworld. “Jeff is known for his energetic and enthusiastic approach to breaking news stories, and viewers will enjoy his on-air chemistry with Morning host Heather Hiscox.”

For the first time since his release after being held hostage by a North African al-Qaeda cell in Niger, Robert Fowler speaks publicly and exclusively to CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 on THE NATIONAL on CBC Television at 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) and on CBC Newsworld at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT .

On December 14, 2008 Fowler, a United Nations special envoy to Niger, his assistant Louis Guay and their driver were returning from a trip to a Canadian-operated mine in Niger when they were abducted. For more than four months, they were held hostage at gunpoint.

Fowler talks about that terrifying day in December when they were captured, the harrowing experience living with al-Qaeda, and he sheds light on the complicated negotiations that led to his release.

More compelling and exclusive details of Fowler’s life in captivity will air on MANSBRIDGE ONE ON ONE, Saturday, September 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld.

THE NATIONAL now airs seven nights a week on CBC Television at 10 p.m./10:30 p.m. NT (Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET) and on CBC Newsworld at 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT).