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Also known as CBC News: Marketplace
Genre Newsmagazine
Directed by Paula Neilson
Presented by Wendy Mesley
Erica Johnson
Country of origin  Canada
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 36
No. of episodes > 500
Executive producer(s) Tassie Notar
Producer(s) Michael Gruzuk
Editor(s) Don Chung
Kathryn Dickson
Aileen McBride
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
Original channel CBC Television
Audio format Stereo
Original run 5 October 1972 – present
External links
Official website

Marketplace is a Canadian television series, broadcast on CBC Television. Launched in 1972, the series is a consumer advocacy newsmagazine, which shows investigative reports on issues such as product testing, health and safety, fraudulent business practices and other news issues of interest to product and service consumers.

The program was influential in the banning of urea formaldehyde foam insulation and lawn darts in Canada, the legislation of warnings on exploding pop bottles, successful prosecution of retailers for false advertising, new standards for bottled water and drinking fountains, new regulations to make children's sleepwear less flammable, and the implementation of safer designs for children's cribs.

Marketplace was originally hosted by Joan Watson and George Finstad. Other hosts have included Bill Paul, Harry Brown, Norma Kent, Jacquie Perrin, Christine Johnson and Jim Nunn. The program's current hosts are Wendy Mesley and Erica Johnson.

Early seasons of the series had a theme song, "The Consumer", which was written and performed by Stompin' Tom Connors. For several years, every episode would begin with Connors singing the song, which became a hit.

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