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By Bob Gordon     Oct 23, 2009 in Politics
Canada's national public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), is revamping its news operations. The changes will affect the premier nightly news program The National and its 24-hour news channel, CBC Newsworld.
CBC Newsworld will be renamed CBC NN starting next week and a new look and schedule will accompany the name change.
The new schedule includes a new morning anchor for CBC NN, Anne-Marie Mediwake, formerly of Global Television.
Amanda Lang and Kevin O'Leary will join forces on a new afternoon business show, The Lang and O'Leary Exchange. Lang has been host of Business News Network's SqueezePlay and The Commodities Report. She has also reported for CNN in New York and reported on business for the Financial Post, and the Globe and Mail. Kevin O'Leary sold his educational-software firm The Learning Company to Mattell for $3.7 billion in 1999. Presently, he is the chairman of O'Leary Funds and the manager of the O'Leary Global Equity Fund.
Evan Solomon will be at the reigns of a new early evening political show, Early Prime News with Evan Solomon. Solomon was the co-founder, and for eight years the editor-in-chief, of Shift magazine. He is the co-editor and writer of the best-selling book Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy Is Changing Everything, which was nominated of the National Business Book of the Year in 2004 and the National Science Award in 2004. Formerly, for CBC, he anchored their Sunday morning and evening news program.
There will no longer be a special Sunday evening news program on the CBC as the changes to The National include a seven day-a-week schedule. Also, the show is adding a political blog by Kady O'Malley. O'Malley is formerly Parliament Hill correspondent for Maclean's magazine and hers will be the first regular, live political blog from the Hill.
The new look will include a new set for The National and have anchor Peter Mansbridge leaving his traditional desk behind and delivering the news while standing. The new look at CBC NN will also include a new set and new onscreen graphics.
The changes will be introduced on Monday, Oct. 26.
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