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CBC News
Department of the CBC
Industry Media
Founded January 1, 1941
Headquarters CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre,
Ottawa, Ontario
, Canada
Area served
Specific services for Canada and rest of world
Services Radio and television broadcasts
Owner CBC
Website www.cbc.ca/news/

CBC News is the division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the news gathering and production of news programs on CBC Television, Radio and online services. Founded in 1941, CBC News is the largest news broadcaster in Canada and has local, regional and national broadcasts and stations.

News output


The Television News section of CBC News is responsible for the main news programs on CBC News Network and Réseau de l'information, as well as producing local supper hour news programs, national news programs like The National and Le Téléjournal, and news, business, weather and sports information on Air Canada's inflight entertainment.[1]

The distinctive music on all CBC television news programs was introduced in 2006. It was part of the extensive rebranding of all news programming under the CBC News title.

Local news

Most local newscasts on CBC Television are currently branded as CBC News: [city/province name], such as CBC News: Toronto at Six. Local newscasts on the French network are branded as Le Téléjournal followed by the city or region they serve (e.g. Le Téléjournal Montréal).


CBC Radio News produces on the hour updates for the CBC's national radio stations and provides content for regional updates. The majority of news and information is aired on CBC Radio One and Première Chaîne.


CBC News Online is the CBC's CBC.ca news website. Launched in 1996, it is one of the most popular news websites in Canada.[2] The website contains exhaustive regional, national, and international news coverage as well as arts and entertainment, and sport news. Many reports are accompanied by Podcasting, audio and video from the CBC's television and radio news services.

Weather Centre

In November 2005, the CBC News Weather Centre was established to cover local and international weather, using in part data provided by Environment Canada. Claire Martin was hired to serve as the primary face of the Weather Centre.[3]

In April 2014, the national Weather Centre was effectively disbanded due to CBC budget cuts (Martin had left the CBC a few months prior); weather presenters at local CBC stations were retained but with the added responsibility of supplying reports for The National and CBC News Network.[4]

In November 2014, citing difficulties implementing this new system, CBC announced a one-year trial content sharing partnership with The Weather Network, the privately owned cable specialty channel, which went into effect on December 8. Under the partnership, in exchange for access to weather-related news coverage from the CBC, The Weather Network provides the national weather reports seen on The National and CBCNN daytime programming, as well as local forecasts for CBC Toronto's weekend newscasts.[4] Apart from Toronto, weather coverage during local newscasts was not affected, and CBC Vancouver meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe continues to provide weather coverage for the Vancouver-based (primetime) editions of CBC News Now on CBCNN.

Most local stations will retain their weather team to provide local weather information:

  • Johanna Wagstaffe - CBC Vancouver meteorologist
  • Ian Black - CBC Ottawa meteorologist
  • John Sauder - CBC Manitoba meteorologist
  • Kalin Mitchell - CBC Maritimes meteorologist
  • Colette Kennedy - CBC fill-in meteorologist
  • Farah Singh - CBC Saskatchewan weather specialist
  • Frank Cavallaro - CBC Montreal weather specialist
  • Tanara McLean - CBC Edmonton/Calgary weather specialist



CBC News' programming currently consists of the following television programs.


CBC News' programming currently consists of the following radio programs.

  • World Report, morning newscast
  • The World This Hour, late afternoon newscast
  • The World at Six, national dinner-hour newscast
  • The World This Weekend
  • The House, weekly national political affairs show
  • Local newscasts

CBC News Standards

The CBC follows the Journalistic Standards and Practices which provides the policy framework within which CBC journalism seeks to meet the expectations and obligations it faces from the public.[5]


The CBC sets out to maintain its accuracy, integrity and fairness in its journalism. As a Canadian institution and a press undertaking, CBC set out the Journalistic Standards and Practices and works in compliance with these principles. Balanced viewpoints must be presented through on-the-air discussions. As it is with other public and private journalistic undertakings, credibility in the eyes of the general population is seen as the corporation's most valuable asset. The CBC Ombudsman is completely independent of CBC program staff and management, reporting directly to the President of the CBC and, through the President, to the Corporation’s Board of Directors.[6]

CBC News Bureaux

CBC has reporters stationed in the following cities. Main cities are listed in bold, with the notation (M).


CBC also uses satellite bureaux, with reporters who fly in when a story occurs outside of the bureaux. In the late 1990s, the CBC and other media outlets cut back their overseas operations.

CBC News in other countries

From 1994 to 2000, the CBC, in a venture with Power Broadcasting (former owner of CKWS in Kingston), jointly owned two networks:

  1. Newsworld International (NWI), an American cable channel that rebroadcast much of the programming of CBC Newsworld
  2. Trio, an arts and entertainment channel

In 2000, CBC and Power Broadcasting sold these channels to Barry Diller’s USA Networks. Diller's company was later acquired by Vivendi Universal, which in turn was partially acquired by NBC to form NBC Universal. NBC Universal still owns the Trio brand, which no longer has any association with the CBC (and, as of the end of 2005, became an Internet-only broadband channel). However, the CBC continued to program NWI, with much of its programming simulcast on the domestic Newsworld service.

In late 2004, as a result of a further change in NWI's ownership to the INdTV consortium (including Joel Hyatt and former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore), NWI ceased airing CBC programming on August 1, 2005, when it was renamed Current TV. It was sold to the Al Jazeera Media Network in 2013 and became Al Jazeera America.

On September 11, 2001, several American broadcasters without their own news operations, including C-SPAN, carried the CBC's coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC. In the days after September 11, C-SPAN carried CBC's nightly newscast, The National, anchored by Peter Mansbridge. The quality of this coverage was recognized specifically by the Canadian Journalism Foundation; editor-in-chief Tony Burman later accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award (2004) – for “rigorous professional practice, accuracy, originality and public accountability” – on behalf of the service.

C-SPAN has also carried CBC's coverage of major events affecting Canadians, including:

With the launch of Sirius Canada in December 2005, some of the CBC's radio networks (including CBC Radio One, Radio Canada International, and Sirius-exclusives Radio Three and Bande à part channels) are available to Sirius subscribers in the United States.

Foreign correspondents

  • London - Nahlah Ayed / Margaret Evans
  • Jerusalem - Derek Stoffel / Saša Petricic
  • Beijing - Andrew Lee
  • Washington DC - Paul Hunter / Keith Boag / Meagan Fitzpatrick / Lyndsay Duncombe
  • New York - Steven D'Souza
  • Los Angeles - Kim Brunhuber

See also


  1. enRoute Guide (January 2007)
  2. [1] Archived February 5, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. http://www.channelcanada.com/canadian-channels/nets/cbc/cbc-news-announces-cbc-news-weather-centre
  4. 4.0 4.1 Houpt, Simon (2014-11-10). "Its outlook stormy, CBC turns to the Weather Network". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-12-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. [2] Archived June 19, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "The Office of the Ombudsman". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2012-04-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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