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Wikipedia: CBC News

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CBC News is the department within the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the news gathering and production of news programs on CBC television, radio and online services. CBC News is the largest news broadcaster in the Canada with local, regional, and national broadcasts and stations.

Competition within Canada comes mainly from channel CTV NewsNet, but also from international channels such as CNN and BBC World.


News Strategy

In January 2006, CBC News continued to revitalise its news services to better serve audiences and to reinforce its leadership in Canada. The strategy is delivering more hard-hitting journalism, greater international and regional context, and increased exposure to divergent views and perspectives, not only on CBC Television, but also on CBC Newsworld, CBC Radio, CBC News Express, and

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.


The CBC set out to maintaining 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 a these principles. Balanced viewpoints must be presented through on-the-air discussions. As it is for other public and private journalistic undertakings, credibility in the eyes of the general population is seen as the corporations most valuable asset. The CBC Ombudsman is completely independent of CBC program staff and management, reporting directly to the President of CBC and, through the President, to the Corporation’s Board of Directors.

News output


Main article: CBC Television

The Television News section of CBC News is responsible for the main news programs on CBC Newsworld, as well as producing local supper hour news programs, national news programs like The National 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

CBC Television launched a comprehensive approach to regional program development. Pilots for revamped supper hour News programs targeted regional needs and preferences. A new hour-long supper hour show, CBC News: Here and Now, launched in November in St. John’s. Development work continues on a market-by-market basis according to the needs, circumstances and competition in each location.


Main article: CBC Radio

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.


CBC News Online is the CBC’s news website. Launched in 1996, it is one of the most popular news websites in the Canada 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.

CBC News Bureaus

CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre in Ottawa

CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre in Ottawa

Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal

Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal

Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto

Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto

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

  • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (M)
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia (M)
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick (M)
  • Montreal, Quebec (M)
  • Quebec City, Quebec (M)
  • Toronto, Ontario (M)
  • Ottawa, Ontario (M)
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba (M)
  • Regina, Saskatchewan (M)
  • Edmonton, Alberta (M)
  • Calgary, Alberta (M)
  • Vancouver, British Columbia (M)
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (M)
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Moncton, New Brunswick
  • London, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Windsor, Ontario
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia


  • London, United Kingdom (M)
  • Paris, France (M)
  • Washington, D.C. (M)
  • New York, New York (M)
  • United Nations headquarters, New York (M)
  • Jerusalem, Israel (M)
  • Moscow, Russia (M)
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Beijing, China
  • Shanghai, China

CBC also uses satellite bureaus, with reporters who fly in when a story occurs outside of the bureaus. 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.

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
  • State visits and official visits of American presidents to Canada

Several PBS stations also air some CBC programming, especially The Red Green Show. However, these programs are syndicated by independent distributors and are not governed by the PBS “common carriage” policy.

Some CBC Radio One programs, such as Definitely Not the Opera and As It Happens, also air on some stations associated with American Public Media.

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

Accusations of bias

Critics, often led by private media, sometimes accuse the network of cultural elitism, liberal bias, or bias in favour of the Liberal or New Democratic Parties of Canada. The CBC is also sometimes thought to have an unfair economic advantage in the Canadian television marketplace because it competes with private broadcasters for advertising dollars while receiving government funding. Conservative think tanks such as the Fraser Institute have frequently criticized this arrangement, and say it results in journalism that favours the political party willing to allocate it the most funds.

Numerous members of the Canadian Alliance Party complained of biased CBC reporting against their party in the 2000 Canadian federal election. One website, CBC Watch, has been exclusively dedicated to criticism of the public broadcaster. Organizations such as Canadian Free Press are consistently critical of CBC. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is often critical of the CBC, but rarely over matters of bias.

See also

  • List of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation personalities
  • The National
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