CBC News

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.

Beginning this fall Evan Solomon will host an expanded political show from Ottawa covering stories of policy, power and the people who make Canada run, both on the Hill and across the country.  Evan brings a fresh perspective to coverage from the nation’s capital. The program launches this fall from 5-7 p.m. ET on CBC Newsworld.

Terry Milewski also moves to Ottawa as CBC News’ new senior correspondent in the political bureau. A seasoned reporter, Milewski will report on politics with the same fearless determination he brings to every story he covers.

As the Obama administration continues to dominate international political news, CBC News will also strengthen its presence in the United States with more on-the-ground reporting and in-depth reports from that country’s most influential cities. 

Keith Boag becomes CBC News American West Coast correspondent based in Los Angeles covering the California region and beyond following five years as CBC News chief political correspondent in Ottawa. 

Bringing her astute political sense to CBC News’ Washington bureau is Susan Bonner, who will join Neil MacDonald, Paul Hunter and Michael Colton. Together, they will bring CBC viewers some of the most important political stories coming out of the Obama administration.

David Common moves to a new position in New York City after a successful stint based in Paris covering stories all over Europe.

Adding to the breadth of CBC News’ political coverage is THE HOUSE with Kathleen Petty  airing from Ottawa each Saturday at 9 a.m. (9:30 a.m. NT.) on CBC Radio One.