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Journos-turned-MPs applaud CBC’s decision to drop The National’s four-host format

By Mike Lapointe      

'We clearly chose to take a chance,' says CBC executive Michael Gruzuk. 'It didn’t work the way that we expected in the first season or two, and we’ve now made an adjustment.'

The CBC has dropped its four-anchor format for The National, with Ian Hanomansing, left, taking the helm Friday and Sunday, Andrew Chang and Adrienne Arsenault in the chairs Monday through Thursday, and Rosemary Barton moving into the role of chief political correspondent at CBC in Ottawa. Image courtesy of CBC

With one Conservative MP and former broadcast journalist suggesting CBC The National’s four-host format was “doomed  to fail” and a “disaster” the day it was rolled out, CBC executives acknowledge they took a chance in the face of “fast and furious” changes in audience—and that they stand by the decision to try to “reimagine what could be done in a nightly newscast” following the national broadcaster’s recent decision to return to a more traditional approach.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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