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CBC temporarily scraps local TV newscasts, except for the North, due to COVID-19

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm PDT

FILE - CBC announced Wednesday, March 18, 2020, it is temporarily scrapping most of its local TV newscasts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summary

The public broadcaster says effective Wednesday, it won't be airing local TV newscasts across the country

CBC News Network will instead be the 'core live breaking-news service'

Local coverage will continue on radio, digital and social media.

TORONTO – The CBC is temporarily scrapping most of its local TV newscasts and consolidating its resources to focus on coverage at CBC News Network amid the evolving COVID-19 crisis.

The public broadcaster says effective Wednesday, it won’t be airing local TV newscasts across the country, except at CBC North, where TV news programming in Inuktitut will continue.

CBC North covers Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northern Quebec.

A statement says CBC News Network will instead be the “core live breaking-news service” and replace all the other local supper-hour and late-night newscasts across the country on CBC and CBC Gem.

Local coverage will continue on radio, digital and social media.

The CBC says it’s also temporarily suspending its “Power & Politics” program so the Ottawa production team can be redeployed to CBC News Network.