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CBC Replaces Mansbridge with Four Hosts of ‘The National’

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Ian Hanomansing is moving to Toronto, where Adrienne Arsenault will also anchor.  Andrew Chang will host from Vancouver, while Rosemary Barton will anchor and report from Ottawa.

The National to relaunch November 6th with a new format, hosted from Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.  The announcement was made in Toronto by the CBC’s Heather Conway, Exec. VP of English Services., and Jennifer McGuire, the editor-in-chief of CBC News.

This is how the CBC News website first reported it:

Four CBC journalists will share anchor duties as the network revamps The National to offer an expanded digital focus along with more insight and analysis on the day’s news, the public broadcaster announced today.

Senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, Vancouver local news host Andrew Chang and News Network anchor Ian Hanomansing were named hosts for the program that will debut in November.

Arsenault and Hanomansing will host from Toronto, Barton will be in Ottawa and Chang will continue to be based in Vancouver. This allows for news to be updated across time zones as it develops and it gets later in Eastern Canada.

With multiple hosts, the four will all still be able to take turns reporting in the field. Barton, Hanomansing and Chang will stop hosting their shows sometime in the coming months.

“I didn’t want four different versions of the same person,” said Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief for CBC News. “The four that we’ve chosen are quite different and they bring different skills to the program … we think they’ll resonate with audiences.”

It’s been a guessing game about who would take over the top post since longtime anchor Peter Mansbridge announced his retirement last September. Mansbridge hosted the show for almost 30 years before stepping down on July 1.

McGuire said the revamped show will have an expanded digital focus, a push on original journalism and will include more insight and analysis on the day’s top stories.

The show is expected to look different in many ways, including the four hosts, and McGuire admits it is a challenging prospect.

“It’s a big risk, for sure it is,” she said. “We’re not seeing it as a television show solely anymore.”

The launch is now scheduled for Nov. 6. The program will still be an hour long and air at 10 p.m., with commercials.

10 COMMENTS

  1. A terrific lineup. Solid journalism experience is a hallmark of this group. I’d have preferred a single-host format under Ian Hanomansing but understand why the CBC is going the multi-host route. Hanomansing has that same cool-under-pressure gravitas that Mansbridge exhibited.

  2. SJW Central… not on but two women, (well maybe CBC misogynistically feels TWO women are needed to do the job of one man) neither overly top notch in quality. Then we have two more affirmative action type males, one who is only good enough to host a CBC Local news and not a national news broadcast, the other Hanomansing is generally qualified enough as a news reader. But Hell NO! No white males need apply!

    Hey CBC SJW’s, you forgot to ad these affirmative action based hosts.

    1: An aboriginal in fact two a male and a female.
    2: An out and out Homosexual male with the Trudeau lisp.
    3: A Blue/Green/Purple haired Lesbian
    4: A Muslim in traditional Islamic garb.
    5: A Former Soviet Union Communist, with A Stalinist mustache, if not Castro like beard and Mustache… In fact if Canadians are smart enough, maybe after 2019 JT will be looking for work and just have him grow said Castro beard and mustache.

    MAKE SURE NO WHITE MALES GET THIS JOB EVER AGAIN!

    Oh yeah CBC , SJW management , GO F*** YOURSELVES!

  3. As Cyndi Lauder might ask: But what about the LGBTQ?

    I jest, sort of.

    It’s a solid lineup. Adrienne cut her journalistic teeth on the West Coast–she did sterling work with producer Dale Drewery covering the Gustafson Lake native standoff. Since then, she’s risked life and limb reporting from assorted global hotspots.

    Ms Barton will no doubt manage political coverage (please bring new faces and ideas to At Issue).

    Since we’re paying for it, I’d like to see The National go big with well-staffed foreign bureaus to put out a world-class product. Leave the stories of plucky Canadians restoring old monuments to a separate, weekly feel-good news show.

  4. As a side note – anyone notice (or care) that Telus Optic is removing CBC News Channel from their basic lineup? It will still be available as part of the “news” package. I’m sure that both their viewers are outraged.

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