|Type||Department of the CBC|
|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|
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 with local, regional and national broadcasts and stations.
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.
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.
In November 2005, the CBC News: Weather Centre was established to cover local and international weather data provided by Environment Canada. The Weather Centre is currently headed by meteorologist Claire Martin.3
CBC News' programming currently consists of the following television programs.
- The National, flagship news program, hosted by Peter Mansbridge
- CBC News Now
- the fifth estate, weekly news magazine
- Doc Zone, flagship documentary series
- The Passionate Eye, documentary series
- Marketplace, consumer news magazine
- The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, business news program
- Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, political news program
- Mansbridge One on One
- Local newscasts
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
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.4
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.5
CBC has reporters stationed in the following cities. Main cities are listed in bold, with the notation (M).
- Whitehorse, Yukon (M)
- Victoria, British Columbia
- Vancouver, British Columbia (M)
- Kamloops, British Columbia
- Kelowna, British Columbia
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (M)
- Calgary, Alberta (M)
- Edmonton, Alberta (M)
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Regina, Saskatchewan (M)
- Winnipeg, Manitoba (M)
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Windsor, Ontario (M)
- London, Ontario
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
- Hamilton, Ontario
- Toronto, Ontario (M)
- Ottawa, Ontario (M)
- Montreal, Quebec (M)
- Quebec City, Quebec (M)
- Fredericton, New Brunswick (M)
- Saint John, New Brunswick
- Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Moncton, New Brunswick
- Halifax, Nova Scotia (M)
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (M)
- Sydney, Nova Scotia
- Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (M)
- Iqaluit, Nunavut
- London, United Kingdom (M)
- Jerusalem, Israel (M)
- Beijing, China (M)
- Washington, D.C. (M)
- New York, New York (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.
- Newsworld International (NWI), an American cable channel that rebroadcast much of the programming of CBC Newsworld
- 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.
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:
- Canadian federal elections
- Six days in September 2000 that marked the death and state funeral of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
- The war in Iraq: The National aired on C-SPAN each night for about 3 weeks following the start of the war on Iraq
- The power outage crisis in summer 2003
- Key proceedings in Canadian Parliament
- U.S. presidential elections: In 2004, C-SPAN picked up The National the day after the election for the view from Canadians. In 2008, C-SPAN carried the CBC's coverage of the election.
- State visits and official visits of American presidents to Canada
- Barack Obama inauguration in 2009.
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.
- London - Nahlah Ayed / Margaret Evans / Jeff Semple
- Jerusalem - Derek Stoffel / Saša Petricic
- Beijing - Andrew Lee
- Washington DC - Neil Macdonald / Paul Hunter / Keith Boag / Meagan Fitzpatrick / Lyndsay Duncombe
- New York - rotating