CBC News to launch FAST channel this fall

CBC News has announced it will launch a free ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel this fall as part of a new strategic approach to better serve audiences.

The news channel will feature the best of CBC local, national and current affairs journalism, built around flagship program The National. Adrienne Arsenault, has been named Chief Correspondent for CBC News, and will anchor The National Monday to Thursday, starting this fall.

“The world of news media, TV and video journalism is changing rapidly. Yet the demand for trusted, quality journalism is unchanged. To reach audiences in new ways, we are making a strategic push into the world of streaming news with the launch of a FAST channel, while continuing to broaden and deepen the storytelling on our flagship program, The National,” said Susan Marjetti, General Manager of News, Current Affairs & Local, CBC, in a release.

Adrienne Arsenault

“Adrienne’s many years in the field and her rich journalism experience make her uniquely positioned to take viewers of The National to the biggest stories shaping our world. Adrienne’s signature ‘take-me-there’  approach to storytelling and news writing resonates strongly with digital, on-demand audiences looking for quality current affairs and long-form content. Expect to see more of her on-the-ground reporting and anchoring from the field as Adrienne steps fully into the role of chief correspondent in the fall,” added Brodie Fenlon, Editor-in-Chief, CBC News.

CBC News Network will continue to act as a live and breaking subscription news channel offered on cable, satellite and CBC Gem.

Andrew Chang will step away from The National in August to begin development on a new daily show for the FAST channel that will also be available on CBC Gem, CBCNews.ca, the CBC News app and YouTube.

Ian Hanomansing, who was recently named the new permanent host of Cross Country Checkup on CBC Radio and CBC News Network, will continue to host The National on Friday and Sunday. He will also host a new weekly interview series on The National in the fall.

The digital expansion comes following the CRTC decision on the public broadcaster’s five-year renewal, which comes into effect Sept. 1, allowing CBC to fulfill its mandate across its streaming platforms for the first time.


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