The CBC has revealed who’ll be hosting its flagship news program “The National“, which is relaunching in November without longtime host Peter Mansbridge, who departed the show on July 1 after 30 years behind the anchor desk.
In a livestreamed press conference on Tuesday, CBC announced “The National” won’t have just one new host, but four: Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang, Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing will share anchor duties on the show.
Arsenault and Hanomansing will host from Toronto, while Barton will be in Ottawa and Chang will host from Vancouver.
“Today we are building on the rich history of ‘The National’ and the strength of CBC News to offer audiences a brand new approach to daily marquee news,” said Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of CBC News, in a statement. “Each of these award-winning journalists bring distinct strengths and expertise to the program. They will report as an integrated team, across broadcast and digital, to deliver depth and context on the stories that matter to Canadians.”
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During the announcement, McGuire admitted that revamping the flagship news broadcast has been a challenge, and the revamped version of “The National” will have an expanded digital focus, an emphasis on original journalism and more insight and analysis on the top stories of the day.
“It’s a big risk, for sure it is,” said McGuire. “We’re not seeing it as a television show solely anymore.”
The new iteration of “The National” is slated to launch on Nov. 6.