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CBC’s new chief correspondent Adrienne Arsenault anchors The National

From a media release:

Starting September 5, Emmy Award-winning journalist and CBC News Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault will helm CBC’s flagship newscast each Monday to Thursday. Arsenault has been a senior correspondent for THE NATIONAL since 1999, deployed to the biggest breaking stories. Arsenault will inform and connect Canadians to the news and issues shaping Canada and the world, while continuing to broaden and deepen the storytelling on the national newscast. Arsenault was named Chief Correspondent earlier this summer. Ian Hanomansing will continue to host Friday and Sunday, in addition to hosting Cross Country Checkup.

“Adrienne is the first woman to be appointed chief correspondent for CBC, and we’re excited and proud to watch as she brings her unwavering dedication to journalistic storytelling, powerful on-the-ground reporting and authentic ‘take-me-there’ approach to the anchor desk, ushering in a new era for our flagship newscast at a time when trusted journalism is more important than ever,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC.

“I am fiercely protective of the importance of public broadcasting and the joys and necessities of good journalism, and this is a huge privilege and responsibility, “ said Arsenault. “I feel ridiculously lucky and grateful to be with all the colleagues I’ve learned from over a long time. It is more than the opportunity to continue to report from around the world. I want to be the advocate for the journalists we have in Canada and across the world. There is nothing more remarkable to me than being in the middle of a busy story surrounded by people rolling up their sleeves and throwing everything they have at getting it right, strictly because it matters. That is the image I always associate with The National.”

Arsenault’s assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She won an International Emmy in 2015 for her work covering the Ebola crisis. She has covered seven Olympic Games for CBC including Beijing 2022 and Tokyo 2020, and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe, more recently being dispatched to cover conflict and war in Ukraine, Syria and Mali. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.

Recently in Canada, Arsenault gained exclusive access to frontline workers dealing with the ongoing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic including Toronto’s Humber River Hospital and the Ottawa Paramedic Service, telling their stories and revealing the greater impact on the Canadian healthcare system.

Arsenault has been honoured with the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Journalist of the Year award, and has also won two Gracie awards for outstanding female correspondent, a Monte Carlo Festival award for her coverage of the Zimbabwe election and several Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards.

THE NATIONAL airs at 10 p.m. on CBC TV and is available on all platforms including CBC Gem, CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca, the CBC News App, YouTube and Facebook.


Link: CBC’s The National and its evolution – still strangely unengaged

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: CBC’s The National and its evolution – still strangely unengaged
It is no longer the baffling, near-hallucinatory experience it was during its first week with multiple hosts and a new format. Still, it is sometimes hard to fathom its exact mandate and purpose as a nightly news program. The new format was off-putting to some of CBC TV’s loyal viewers and it’s possible they have never returned. If they do, they will find an improved program but one that can be excruciatingly unengaging. Continue reading.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

Link: Behind the scenes at CBC’s new National: Four hosts, one big risk

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: Behind the scenes at CBC’s new National: Four hosts, one big risk
Who’s on first?

Inside the frosty fourth-floor Toronto studios of the newly revamped The National, hosts Ian Hanomansing and Adrienne Arsenault say they have absolutely no clue.

“Actually, no one’s even contemplated who’s going to kick off the first show,” says Hanomansing, sitting at the Lucite-and-steel desk that will debut when the CBC’s flagship news show airs Monday at 10 p.m. with a historic four hosts. Continue reading. Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail

CBC News announces new team to host The National

From a media release:

CBC News today announced new hosting details for flagship news program The National. Starting this fall, the new National will be hosted by a team of four award-winning journalists on a nightly basis: senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, based in Toronto; political reporter and host Rosemary Barton, based in Ottawa; CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang, based in Vancouver; and veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing; who will be based in Toronto. Offering Canadians a new kind of evening news, the four working journalists will host as an integrated team and also report their own stories to offer more in-depth original journalism and live coverage from more locations across Canada. The new National will launch Monday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET on CBC NEWS NETWORK and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) in all time zones on CBC.

Hosted by the collaborative team based in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, the new National will offer a unique proposition for audiences live across all six time zones, with the ability to update throughout the evening until 2 a.m. ET and originate from anywhere in the country depending on the news of the day. The new format will be an inter-platform offering, spanning robust digital content for multiple platforms throughout the day culminating in the evening program.

Born and raised in Toronto, Emmy Award-winning journalist Adrienne Arsenault is a senior correspondent who is deployed to the biggest breaking news stories and investigative stories in Canada and around the world. Over the years and across the continents, Arsenault’s assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She has covered the Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake, Beijing, Sochi, and Rio as well as the World Cup in South Africa, and was awarded a 2015 International Emmy for her work covering the Ebola crisis. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe including the Paris and Brussels attacks. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991 as an editorial assistant for The National. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, award-winning political journalist Rosemary Barton is the host of CBC News Network’s daily political show, Power & Politics. She has interviewed many high-profile politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former Prime Minister Stephen Harper; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde; and General John Kelly, former Homeland Security Secretary, now Chief of Staff to U.S. President Donald Trump. She also secured an exclusive broadcast interview with Omar Khadr. Barton joined CBC as Quebec’s legislative reporter at the National Assembly in 2004 before joining CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau, covering federal elections as well as a number of federal leadership campaigns. During the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign, Barton guided viewers through 11 weeks of election issues, interviewing all main party leaders through the course of the campaign and broadcasting six days a week. Her incisive and engaging interviewing style was recognized with a Canadian Screen Award for best news host in 2016. Barton started her journalism career in her hometown of Winnipeg as a researcher for CBC’s French news network, RDI. She has a degree in French literature from College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Andrew Chang is the Canadian Screen Award-winning host of CBC Vancouver News at 6. He joined CBC News Vancouver as host in the summer of 2014, and has also spent time in the host chair for CBC Radio One’s The Current, The National and CBC News Now and was a member of CBC’s Olympic broadcast team in 2014 and 2016. Prior to his move to Vancouver, Chang spent a successful decade with CBC Montreal, most recently as co-host of CBC Montreal’s supper newscast. He covered a number of memorable moments in Montreal’s history such as Montreal’s 2011 federal election night special, which saw the unprecedented rise of the NDP in the province, and the resulting collapse of the Bloc Québécois and the 2012 election-night assassination attempt of Pauline Marois. He worked previously as one of CBC’s chief staff reporters, covering breaking news at both the local and network level: from the Dawson College shootings, to the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass in Laval, to a month-long stint on the Parti Québécois campaign bus during the 2008 provincial election. During this time, Andrew also worked as a video journalist.

Born in Trinidad and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing began his broadcasting career at CKDH Radio in Amherst, Nova Scotia, working at radio stations in Moncton and Halifax before joining CBC in Halifax in 1986. Since then he has had a wide variety of assignments as a reporter, anchor and interviewer. Major stories he’s covered include the Exxon Valdez oil spill and San Francisco earthquake (both in 1989), the Los Angeles riot (1992), Vancouver’s two Stanley Cup riots (1994 and 2011), the Hong Kong handover (1997), the Slave Lake (2011) and Fort McMurray wildfires (2016) and seven Olympic Games, the most recent in Sochi in 2014. The host of CBC News Now weeknights on CBC News Network, Hanomansing has hosted many CBC programs including: Pacific Rim Report (1995-1999), which focused on Canada’s connection to Asia; Times 7 (2005), a joint venture between CBC News and the New York Times; Canada Now (2000-2007), a national supper-hour newscast; Still Talking Hockey (2004), a sports-themed late night program on CBC British Columbia; and Feeling the Heat (2007), a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One. Hanomansing was awarded the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best National News Anchor for CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing. He holds an honours B.A. in political science and sociology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, and also has a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax.Facebooktwitterredditlinkedinmail