CBC News

CBC News
Department of the CBC
Industry Media
Founded January 1, 1941
Headquarters Canadian Broadcasting Centre
Toronto, Ontario
, Canada
Area served
Specific services for Canada and rest of world
Services Radio and television broadcasts
Owner CBC
Website www.cbc.ca/news/

CBC News is the division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the news gathering and production of news programs on the corporation's English-language operations, namely CBC Television, CBC Radio, CBC News Network, and CBC.ca. Founded in 1941, CBC News is the largest news broadcaster in Canada and has local, regional and national broadcasts and stations.

It works closely with, but is separate from, Le Téléjournal, the news operations of the French-language Radio-Canada networks.

News output


Main articles: CBC Television and CBC News Network

The Television News section of CBC News is responsible for the news programs on CBC Television and CBC News Network, including national news programs like The National, and news, business, weather and sports information for Air Canada's inflight entertainment.[1]

The distinctive music on all CBC television news programs was introduced in 2006. It was part of the extensive rebranding of all news programming under the CBC News title.

Local news

Most local newscasts on CBC Television are currently branded as CBC News: [city/province name], such as CBC News: Toronto at Six.


Main article: CBC Radio

CBC Radio News produces on-the-hour updates for the CBC's national radio stations and provides content for regional updates. The majority of news and information is aired on CBC Radio One and Première Chaîne.


CBC News Online is the CBC's CBC.ca news website. Launched in 1996, it was named one of the most popular news websites in Canada in 2012.[2] The website provides regional, national, and international news coverage, and arts and entertainment, and sport news. Many reports are accompanied by podcasting, audio and video from the CBC's television and radio news services.

Weather Centre

In November 2005, the CBC News Weather Centre was established to cover local and international weather, using in part data provided by Environment Canada. Claire Martin was hired to serve as the primary face of the Weather Centre.[3]

In April 2014, the national Weather Centre was effectively disbanded due to CBC budget cuts (Martin had left the CBC a few months prior); weather presenters at local CBC stations were retained but with the added responsibility of supplying reports for The National and CBC News Network.[4]

In November 2014, citing difficulties implementing this new system, CBC announced a one-year trial content sharing partnership with The Weather Network, the privately owned cable specialty channel, which went into effect on December 8. Under the partnership, in exchange for access to weather-related news coverage from the CBC, The Weather Network provides the national weather reports seen on The National and CBCNN daytime programming, as well as local forecasts for CBC Toronto's weekend newscasts.[4] Apart from Toronto, weather coverage during local newscasts was not affected, and CBC Vancouver meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe continues to provide weather coverage for the Vancouver-based (primetime) editions of CBC News Now on CBCNN.

Most local CBC stations have retained their weather team to provide local weather information, including:

The content partnership with the Weather Network has continued beyond the original one-year period, and has been expanded. The weather section of CBC.ca has been phased out in favour of forecasts from The Weather Network, and local CBC news headlines are displayed on the latter's website.[5]



CBC News provides the following television programs.


CBC News provides the following radio programs.

CBC News standards

The CBC follows the Journalistic Standards and Practices which provides the policy framework within which CBC journalism seeks to meet the expectations and obligations it faces from the public.[6]

Allegations of liberal bias

In 2009, CBC President Hubert Lacroix commissioned a study to determine whether its news was biased, and if so, to what extent. He said: "Our job — and we take it seriously — is to ensure that the information that we put out is fair and unbiased in everything that we do".[7] The study, the methodology of which was not specified, was due to report results in the fall of 2010.[7]

In April 2010, the Conservatives accused pollster Frank Graves of giving partisan advice to the Liberal Party of Canada, noting his donations to the party since 2003. Graves directed a number of public opinion research projects on behalf of the CBC as well as other media organizations, and also appeared on a number of CBC television programs relating to politics. An investigation conducted by the CBC ombudsman found no evidence to support these allegations, stating that personal donor history is not relevant to one's objectivity as a pollster.[8]

In March 2011, the Toronto Sun accused Vote Compass, an online voter engagement application developed by political scientists and launched by CBC during the 2011 federal election campaign, of a liberal bias. The accusation centred on the observation that one could provide identical responses to each proposition in Vote Compass (i.e., answer "strongly agree" to all propositions or "strongly disagree" to all propositions) and would in each case be positioned closest to the Liberal Party in the results.[9][10] This claim was directly addressed by Vote Compass representatives, who noted that the propositions in the application are specifically constructed in such a way as to avoid acquiescence bias and that the result described by the Toronto Sun was arrived at by gaming the system.[11] Vote Compass also released analyses of the data it gathered from the federal election,[12] which have further negated efforts to discredit it.[13][14] It is widely speculated that suspicions of bias were fuelled by Sun Media in an effort to promote its anti-CBC agenda and the concurrent launch of its cable news channel.[15][16][17] The criticism appears to have been isolated to the 2011 Canadian federal election edition of Vote Compass and has not re-emerged in any subsequent editions of Vote Compass, either in Canada or internationally.[18]

In February 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made comments relating to the allegations. Speaking to Radio-Canada, the outlet's on-air Quebec division, Harper commented saying he understood that many at Radio-Canada "hated conservative values".[19] Radio-Canada did not deny the allegations.

During the 2015 federal election, CBC was again accused of bias by some viewers and outlets. The majority of these claims spawned from a promise by the Liberals and New Democratic Party of Canada after the two groups promised to increase funding for CBC.[19] The pledges came after the then Conservative government had cut $115 million from the CBC in the 2012 budget. Shortly before the pledges were made, CBC president Hubert Lacroix complained of the Conservative cuts, saying "the cuts make us weaker and affect morale, critics, key stakeholders and even some of the citizens we serve."[20]


The CBC sets out to maintain its accuracy, integrity and fairness in its journalism. As a Canadian institution and a press undertaking, CBC set out the Journalistic Standards and Practices and works in compliance with these principles. Balanced viewpoints must be presented through on-the-air discussions. As it is with other public and private journalistic undertakings, credibility in the eyes of the general population is seen as the corporation's most valuable asset. The CBC Ombudsman is completely independent of CBC program staff and management, reporting directly to the President of the CBC and, through the President, to the Corporation’s Board of Directors.[21]

CBC News bureaux

CBC has reporters stationed in the following cities. Main cities are listed with the notation (M).


CBC also uses satellite bureaus, with reporters who fly in when a story occurs outside of the bureaus. In the late 1990s, the CBC and other media outlets cut back their overseas operations.

CBC News in other countries

From 1994 to 2000, the CBC, in a venture with Power Broadcasting (former owner of CKWS in Kingston), jointly owned two networks:

  1. Newsworld International (NWI), an American cable channel that rebroadcast much of the programming of CBC Newsworld
  2. Trio, an arts and entertainment channel

In 2000, CBC and Power Broadcasting sold these channels to Barry Diller’s USA Networks. Diller's company was later acquired by Vivendi Universal, which in turn was partially acquired by NBC to form NBC Universal. NBC Universal still owns the Trio brand, which no longer has any association with the CBC (and, as of the end of 2005, became an Internet-only broadband channel). However, the CBC continued to program NWI, with much of its programming simulcast on the domestic Newsworld service.

In late 2004, as a result of a further change in NWI's ownership to the INdTV consortium (including Joel Hyatt and former Vice-President of the United States Al Gore), NWI ceased airing CBC programming on August 1, 2005, when it was renamed Current TV. It was sold to the Al Jazeera Media Network in 2013 and became Al Jazeera America.

On September 11, 2001, several American broadcasters without their own news operations, including C-SPAN, carried the CBC's coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.. In the days after September 11, C-SPAN carried CBC's nightly newscast, The National, anchored by Peter Mansbridge. The quality of this coverage was recognized specifically by the Canadian Journalism Foundation; editor-in-chief Tony Burman later accepted the Excellence in Journalism Award (2004) – for “rigorous professional practice, accuracy, originality and public accountability” – on behalf of the service.

C-SPAN has also carried CBC's coverage of major events affecting Canadians, including:

With the launch of Sirius Canada in December 2005, some of the CBC's radio networks (including CBC Radio One, Radio Canada International, and Sirius-exclusives Radio Three and Bande à part channels) are available to Sirius subscribers in the United States.

Foreign correspondents

See also


  1. enRoute Guide (January 2007)
  2. Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. http://www.channelcanada.com/canadian-channels/nets/cbc/cbc-news-announces-cbc-news-weather-centre
  4. 1 2 Houpt, Simon (2014-11-10). "Its outlook stormy, CBC turns to the Weather Network". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-12-30.
  5. "CBC Weather - Toronto". CBC.ca. Retrieved March 13, 2016. Changes are coming to the weather pages you are visiting at CBCNews.ca. Starting soon, weather pages such as this will no longer be available. Instead, CBC News has partnered with The Weather Network to provide weather information on CBCNews.ca pages. Please visit your local news page to find your local news and weather.
  6. Archived June 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. 1 2 "CBC to study whether its news is biased". Ottawa Sun.
  8. "Complaints about comments made by Frank Graves, President of EKOS Research, about a possible strategy for the Liberal Party" (PDF). CBC Office of the Ombudsman. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 11, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2010. External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. Butler, Samantha (March 29, 2011). "CBC's voter quiz tool flawed, prof says". The Toronto Sun. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  10. Blaze Carlson, Kathryn (March 31, 2011). "CBC's Vote Compass accused of bias". The National Post. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  11. LaPointe, Kirk (June 21, 2011). "Review: Vote Compass survey during federal election campaign" (PDF). CBC Office of the Ombudsman. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 10, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
  12. "Canadian Federal Election Respondent Results". Vote Compass. December 4, 2011. Archived from the original on January 7, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  13. Bolen, Michael (December 14, 2011). "Vote Compass: See The Story Of The 2011 Canadian Election In Two Minutes". Huffington Post Canada. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  14. Martin, Pierre (June 3, 2011). "Canada's 'two solitudes' emerge inside the NDP". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  15. Houpt, Simon (April 4, 2011). "Sun burns CBC in bid to hype tabloid TV". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  16. McGrath, John Michael (April 7, 2011). "Is the CBC's Vote Compass skewing left-wing? (Or, Internet survey produces dodgy results. The Sun is there.)". Toronto Life. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  17. Potter, Andrew (April 6, 2011). "Sun family values". Maclean's. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
  18. Duncan, Zoey (March 27, 2012). "CBC's Vote Compass is back for the Alberta election, with less Liberal bias". OpenFile. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  19. 1 2 Hopper, Tristan (September 23, 2015). "CBC tries to hide its happy face as Liberals and NDP vow to pump up funding for public broadcaster". National Post. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  20. Tencer, Daniel (September 18, 2015). "CBC President Hubert Lacroix: Public Broadcasters 'Risk Being Boiled To Death'". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  21. "The Office of the Ombudsman". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2012-04-29.

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