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CBC News produces a variety of local newscasts for CBC Television's owned-and-operated stations throughout Canada. On most stations, the local news operation is currently titled CBC News: [city/province name], such that (for example) the 6:00 p.m. newscast on CBLT is named CBC News: Toronto at Six. However, there are variations to this naming convention for northern Canada and certain markets where CBC has historically been strong in local news.

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Newscasts

Currently, most local CBC stations produce three 30-minute local newscasts during the early evening on weeknights, which are titled accordingly. For example, CBMT's newscasts are called CBC News: Montreal at Five, CBC News: Montreal at 5:30 and CBC News: Montreal at Six. In addition, a ten-minute news summary is aired at 10:55 (immediately following The National, titled CBC News: [region name] Late Night.

This schedule varies for some stations depending on available resources or local considerations. For example, CBET Windsor continues to air a full-hour 6:00 p.m. local newscast but does not air news at 5:00 or 5:30. CBNT St. John's airs CBC News: Here & Now - Early Edition at 5:30 p.m. Newfoundland Time followed by the one-hour CBC News: Here & Now at 6:00 NT.

Local evening newscasts are produced in all three Maritime provinces, but a single late-night newscast for the region is produced at CBHT Halifax. CBHT also produces the city-focused CBC News: Halifax at 5:30, book-ended by provincial newscasts at 5:00 and 6:00. Similarly, CBAT-TV in New Brunswick briefly produced the regional newscast CBC News: Maritimes at 5:30, which also aired on CBCT; both stations now air produce local newscasts in that timeslot.

In the Northern Territories, two local television newscasts are aired due to unique circumstances and needs in that region. The one-hour CBC News: Northbeat (5:30 CT / 6:30 ET) features local news in English and several Aboriginal languages, which is translated with English subtitles. This is preceded by a 30-minute newscast in Inuktitut, CBC News: Igalaaq. CBC North does not produce a late night news summary.

CBUT Vancouver is currently the only CBC O&O to produce weekend newscasts, with half-hour programs on Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m. (after Hockey Night in Canada) and Sundays at 11:00 p.m.

History

Prior to fall 2000, CBC stations produced local newscasts under a variety of titles, including Broadcast One at CBUT, 24 Hours at CBWT Winnipeg, CBC Evening News at CBLT Toronto, and Here & Now at CBNT. These were typically one-hour broadcasts aired at 6:00 p.m. local, 6:30 NT. 30-minute late local newscasts, in many cases titled Newsfinal, were also aired in most markets at 11:30 local / midnight NT. The late newscasts were abandoned briefly during the Prime Time News era, resumed in the mid-1990s, and again cancelled in 2000.

In early 2000, the CBC (under president Robert Rabinovitch) announced a plan to eliminate local newscasts, believing that the dominance of private competitors had made these programs redundant. Local newscasts were to be replaced by a national supper-hour program with limited local inserts. This plan, and particularly the fact that exceptions would not be made for the CBC's highly-rated newscasts in Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, led to protests across the country, and most strongly in those two markets.

As a compromise, that fall the corporation instead launched a hybrid local-national news hour Canada Now, with a 30-minute national segment hosted by Ian Hanomansing in Vancouver at 6:00, followed at 6:30 by 30 minutes of local news produced at each station (the order was reversed in Atlantic Canada). This, too, was applied to all CBC stations, and while the PEI newscast remained relatively strong (as the only newscast produced on the island), ratings dropped across the board, most dramatically in Newfoundland.

By 2005 the CBC had decided to rethink this strategy and began to ramp up local news again at certain stations, beginning with CBNT, where a 60-minute Here & Now newscast resumed on November 7. In most other markets, local news returned to the 6:00 p.m. timeslot in early 2006, mostly under the banner CBC News at Six, although these remained 30-minute newscasts. (Canada Now was retained as a separate 30-minute national newscast at 6:30, as well as the title of the integrated local/national newscast aired within British Columbia.)

Montreal's anchor, Dennis Trudeau retired shortly before the launch of CBC News at Six, having hosted the local bulletins for many years.

On November 10, 2006, it was revealed that Janet Stewart would host CBC Winnipeg's edition of News at Six starting in January 2007. Stewart was a popular anchor at top-rated rival CKY and her move to News at Six surprised many in the local media.[1]

On November 30, 2006 it was announced that as part of its focus on reinvigorating local news, CBC News at Six would expand to a full hour in February 2007. The national edition of Canada Now was cancelled, although that title was temporarily retained for CBUT's local newscast. However, that summer the Vancouver station became a test-site for an experimental newscast bringing together staff from local CBC radio, TV and the Web to create an interactive local newscast that employs a concept called 'civic journalism.' If successful, the format was then to be gradually be applied to CBC News at Six programs across the country over a three-year period. Former Canada Now anchor Ian Hanomansing was reassigned to co-host the new Vancouver local news program on CBUT, alongside Gloria Macarenko.

In September 2009, CBC expanded its local news programs to 90 minutes, running from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. local time on most stations, with exceptions as noted above. (This allowed CBC to carry Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! in the 7:00 p.m. hour – with the corresponding simsub privileges in many markets – preceded by Coronation Street, which formerly occupied the 7:00 p.m. timeslot, at 6:30.) This was followed on October 26, 2009 by the relaunch of late news on most CBC stations.[2] Until that date, only CBUT carried a brief 11 p.m. post-National local newscast.

Program details

Times for all news programs are 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Late Night: 10:55 p.m. to 11:05 p.m.), and titles follow the standard naming conventions described above, unless otherwise specified. For additional details, refer to individual station pages.

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