1 DEC 2022

CBC launches CBC News Explore and anticipates winter 2023 content slate

The new FAST channel offers audiences a new way to discover CBC News, and the Canada’s public broadcaster also announces new original content for its platforms.


"About That"


CBC launched CBC News Explore, a free 24/7 ad-supported streaming (FAST) channel offering audiences a new way to discover CBC News. The new channel features video journalism that takes a step away from breaking news to explain and explore beyond the headlines, alongside a curated selection of local, national and current affairs features. Original programs include "About That" hosted by Andrew Chang, a daily half-hour show that takes a closer look at the biggest stories of the day. 

The free CBC News Explore stream is available on a growing number of digital and connected TV platforms including CBC Gem, the CBC News App, CBCNews.ca and The Roku Channel (channel 105 in Canada), with more to be added soon. “The launch of CBC News Explore marks an important moment in our evolution, ensuring we will be able to serve more people across Canada whenever, wherever or however they choose to consume our content,” said Susan Marjetti, General Manager of CBC News, Current Affairs and Local. “As Canada’s public broadcaster, it is important we are there for people with trusted news and information 24/7 on their platform of choice whether radio, TV, digital or via a streaming channel like this one.”

CBC’s winter storytelling includes over 40 original series, podcasts, specials and documentaries from Canadian creators, producers and storytellers across all genres, reflecting more people, perspectives and lived experiences across the country. “Ultimately, we want everyone in this country to see CBC as their thing. As a Canada thing. No matter who you are, whatever background you're from, or whatever history you've lived. Because it’s not how Canadian you are. It’s who you are in Canada, and we’re here for all of you,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President, CBC. “Through our new winter programming on all platforms, we want to both introduce and reintroduce ourselves to help people see how CBC is evolving to make their lives in Canada more fulfilling, more informed and more fun.”

CBC original programs include "Push" (8x30, De Vries Productions and Fenix Film & Television) is a new original unscripted series that takes audiences into the inner world of the “Wheelie Peeps,” "Q With Tom Power" and a new, half-hour arts and pop culture conversation "Commotion With Elamin Abdelmahmoud", the complementary cultural shows will offer intimate longform interviews in the first hour with Tom Power, followed by a 30-minute live look at the news and events that are driving the day’s discussion in the arts, hosted by Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

The #1 Canadian podcaster, CBC Podcasts’ winter lineup can be found on CBC Listen and everywhere podcasts are available. In addition to the return of "Play Me" and "Secret Life Of Canada", new original series debuting in the coming months include: "Love, Janessa" (7 episodes); "The Africas Vs. America" (7 episodes); "The Heart: Sisters" (10 episodes); "Let’s Make A Rom-Com" (8 episodes); and "The No-Good, Terribly Kind, Wonderful Lives and Tragic Deaths of Barry And Honey Sherman (8 episodes).

New original live-action preschool series "Mittens and Pants", featuring best friends Mittens the kitten and Pants the puppy as they embark on adventures in the all-animal town of Kibble Corners. Episodes of new preschool animated series "Gisele’s Mashup Adventures", inspired by the creative ideas of children ages six to nine from across Canada which are turned into hilarious adventures for animated versions of each child and host Gisele.

CBC SPORTS will continue to keep Canadians connected to the world of high-performance sport through its weekend broadcasts "Cbc Sports Presents", hosted by Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo, as well as live streams of key competitions on cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports app.

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