Latest NewsCBC launches 'CBC News Explore' FAST channel

CBC launches ‘CBC News Explore’ FAST channel

CBC News Explore has launched, the public broadcaster’s new free ad-supported streaming (FAST) news channel, available on digital and connected TV platforms.

Andrew Chang

The channel will feature a curated selection of CBC journalism from across the country in addition to original programs, led by new Andrew Chang vehicle About That  – a look at the day’s most compelling stories in a blend of conversation and feature interviews.

Other original programming includes This Week in Canada, a weekly show featuring original CBC News stories chosen for their ability to resonate with audiences across the country, exploring how headlines are impacting people where they live.

Johanna Wagstaffe

CBC News Network and CBC Vancouver meteorologist, seismologist and scientist Johanna Wagstaffe will host Planet Wonder, a six-part original series exploring the natural world and the impact of the changing climate. 

Also launching on the channel is BIG: A CBC News Original Documentary series that looks at the powerful players gaming the biggest and most culturally influential industries, from the digital music industry monopoly to dating apps and the true crime entertainment phenomenon influencing the justice system. 

CBC News Explore will stream free on CBC Gem,, and the CBC News app, and will also be available on Smart and Connected TV platforms, including The Roku Channel (105 in Canada). Some Explore programming will also be available on demand via CBC Gem, the CBC News app and the CBC News YouTube channel.

The FAST channel sees the public broadcaster move further into the digital space following a June CRTC licence renewal decision allowing it to meet its conditions of licence via its streaming platforms for the first time. That decision has since been referred back to the commission for re-evaluation.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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