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CBC News: Canada Now
Format News
Starring National: Ian Hanomansing;
Regional: varies by station
Country of origin Canada
Running time 60 minutes
(national segment: 30 minutes;
regional segments: 30 minutes)
Original channel CBC Television
Original run 2000 – 2007

Canada Now (more formally CBC News: Canada Now) was the early-evening national news program on CBC Television, the main English television network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, between 2000 and 2007.

The program was created to replace the regular supper-hour newscasts on the CBC's owned-and-operated local television stations in 2000, as a result of cuts to the CBC's budget. While initially thought to be a national newscast with limited local inserts[1], it was later revealed that the program would cover both local and national news as an hour-long newscast divided into two thirty-minute sub-programs. One was national in scope, anchored by Ian Hanomansing at the network's Vancouver studio; the other was regional, varying from station to station, and presented by the stations' local anchors as with the previous local newscasts.

The national half of Canada Now was also broadcast on CBC Newsworld. It was paired with a half-hour current affairs program, which shared the Canada Now title, hosted by Kathleen Petty in Calgary; the Calgary-produced segment was canceled after Petty left for CBC Ottawa. Due to the unique circumstances of the Canadian territories, CBC North did not broadcast the national portion, and continued its own separate newscast, CBC News: Northbeat. Some of the regional portions were also seen on the CBC's digital specialty channel Country Canada. Most of CBC's privately owned affiliates did not broadcast Canada Now, airing only their own local newscasts.

On November 30, 2006, CBC Television announced that it would revert to the pre-2000 early-evening news model effective February 19, 2007: Canada Now was cancelled, while local newscasts across the country would once again follow an hour-long format.[2] The local newscasts are now branded CBC News at Six, except for the hour-long CBC News: Here & Now in Newfoundland and Labrador, which returned in November 2005; CBC News: Compass in Prince Edward Island, which made its return on February 19, 2007; and CBC News: Vancouver in British Columbia.

Canada Now was last broadcast on February 16, 2007. The title was retained briefly as the name of the local newscast on CBUT, the CBC's Vancouver station, before it was renamed CBC News: Vancouver in July 2007.

See also


  1. ^ CBC to drop local news, cut 500 jobs, Chris Cobb, Ottawa Citizen, April 16, 2000. Accessed online June 9, 2009 (via Friends of Canadian Broadcasting).
  2. ^ CBC to restore one-hour local news shows, cancel Canada Now, CBC News, December 4, 2006. Accessed online June 9, 2009.

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