CBC makes changes at ‘The National’ ahead of free streaming channel launch

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TORONTO — CBC News is shaking up the anchor roles at “The National” as it plans to launch a free 24-hour live streaming channel this fall.

The news division of public broadcaster announced several changes Thursday that would help usher in an ad-supported streaming channel. It does not yet have a launch date for the platform.

Among the biggest changes to “The National” is centring the evening broadcast around veteran journalist Adrienne Arsenault, who has shared the anchor role in recent years.

Arsenault will sit in the chair from Monday to Thursday, and she’ll also take on the title of chief correspondent of CBC News.

Meanwhile, her current co-anchor Andrew Chang will step away from his role on “The National” in August to begin work on an untitled new daily show on the streaming channel.

Ian Hanomansing will continue to host “The National” on Friday and Sunday, which includes rolling out a new weekly interview segment on the show in the fall. He will also become the permanent host of “Cross Country Checkup” on CBC Radio and CBC News Network.

The announcements come as CBC says it is looking to bolster its digital news platforms in order to “better serve audiences across Canada on both television and digital platforms.”

The broadcaster says CBC News Network will continue to offer live and breaking news through its subscription-based news channel on CBC Gem, which mirrors the version available on cable and satellite.

David Friend, The Canadian Press