Four CBC journalists will share anchor duties as the network revamps The National to offer an expanded digital focus along with more insight and analysis on the day’s news, the public broadcaster announced today.
Senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, Vancouver local news host Andrew Chang and News Network anchor Ian Hanomansing were named hosts for the program that will debut in November.
Arsenault and Hanomansing will host from Toronto, Barton will be in Ottawa and Chang will continue to be based in Vancouver.
With multiple hosts, the four will all still be able to take turns reporting in the field. Barton, Hanomansing and Chang will stop hosting their shows sometime in the coming months.
“I didn’t want four different versions of the same person,” said Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief for CBC News. “The four that we’ve chosen are quite different and they bring different skills to the program … we think they’ll resonate with audiences.”
It’s been a guessing game about who would take over the top post since longtime anchor Peter Mansbridge announced his retirement last September. Mansbridge hosted the show for almost 30 years before stepping down on July 1.
McGuire said the revamped show will have an expanded digital focus, a push on original journalism and will include more insight and analysis on the day’s top stories.
The show is expected to look different in many ways, including the four hosts, and McGuire admits it is a challenging prospect.
“It’s a big risk, for sure it is,” she said. “We’re not seeing it as a television show solely anymore.”
The launch is now scheduled for Nov. 6. The program will still be an hour long and air at 10 p.m., with commercials.
The senior correspondent
Arsenault is best known for her award-winning work as a globe-trotting senior correspondent. It has taken her to many far-flung countries — Pakistan, Libya and Zimbabwe, to name a few.
Her coverage of the Ebola crisis from Liberia earned her an International Emmy in 2015 and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Journalist of the Year award in 2005.
Arsenault has also been a foreign correspondent based in London, Jerusalem, Washington and domestically, in Vancouver and now Toronto, from where she will be part of anchoring The National.