OTTAWAâCBCâs Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton has been named one of four new hosts of the public broadcasterâs nightly flagship newscast The National, leaving politicos wondering who will replace her as host ofÂ Power & Politics, something the public broadcaster says it will have more to say on âin the coming weeks.â
Ms. Bartonâwho has been the permanent host of Power & Politics since January 2016, after leading the showâs 2015 election coverageâwas named alongside fellow CBC journalists Adrienne Arsenault, Andrew Chang, and Ian Hanomansing who will all share the role of leading the hour-long program that airs at 10 p.m. nightly.
âIn light of today’s announcement, we’re just now starting the process of looking for Rosie’s replacement to host Power & Politics. We will have more to say about who that will be in the coming weeks,â said Chuck Thompson,Â CBCâs head of public affairs, CBC English services, told The Hill Times in an email.
On Tuesday, Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief of CBC News, announced the four new hosts of a revamped The National, following longtime lead anchor Peter Mansbridgeâs retired on July 1.
Both Ms. Arsenaultâa senior foreign correspondent for The Nationalâand Mr. Hanomansingâwho currently hosts CBC News NowÂ in Vancouverâ will be based out of Toronto, Mr. Changâwho currently hosts CBC Vancouver’sÂ News at 6âwill host from Vancouver, and Ms. Barton is slated to stay in Ottawa.
The CBC said Ms. Barton, Mr. Chang, and Mr. Hanomansing will all stop hosting their current shows âin the coming months.â
— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) August 1, 2017
CBC’s Power & Politics is one of two nightly political shows, includingÂ CTV’s Power PlayÂ hosted by Don Martin, which federal political players and media tune into religiously. Both shows feature sit-down interviews with top political figures and panels of MPs, strategists and journalists who analyze the day’s political news.
Ms. Barton, following the announcement, told the audience gathered in the atrium at the CBC headquarters in Toronto, that the move will allow her to take a step back from the ins and outs of the political news of the day to take a bigger-picture view of how government policies are working, or arenât working, and come back and ask decision-makers what theyâre doing about it.Â
âIâll still be able to do all the interviews and be tough, or difficult with people when needed, so thatâs the good thing,â Ms. Barton said.
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) August 1, 2017
In introducing the new hosts, Ms. McGuire said The National will be a show that aims to set the agenda, and will more than ever, focus on digital and social, to create a âmulti-platformâ experience.
The new The National will also prioritize live reporting, with stories updated as the show airs in different time zones, she said, describing the new hosts as ânimbleâ and âflexibleâ field reporters.
âCollectively they represent this country both in insight, and as storytellers,â said Ms. McGuire.
Ms. McGuire said the CBC looked both inside and outside the network, and considered various combinations of hosts.
The National is scheduled to debut with its new hosts on Nov. 6, 2017.
The Hill TimesÂ