News/Public Affairs


Focus Ontario

Focus Ontario Since 1988, Focus Ontario has been the political show of record. From Premiers' to Cabinet Ministers, from backroom moves and shakers to today's Newsmakers.

Original Airdates1988-

Four for the Road

Mary Lou Finlay began her television career in 1970 as host of Four For The Road, an afternoon public affairs program produced at the local CBC station in Ottawa, CBOT. After four years with that program, she moved to CBOT's supper-hour news and current affairs show, This Day.

Original Airdates1970-1973

Front Page Challenge


Front Page Challenge Front Page Challenge was a long-running weekly news quiz show on CBC. Three regular panelists were joined by a guest panelist every week, and generally two guests were quizzed by the panelists for their identity or the identity of the news story they have been involved with, and then interviewed. A daytime version hosted by Fred Davis aired with the ...

AkaDaytime Challenge
Original Airdates1957-1995

Gemini 12 Space Mission

Live coverage of the launch, including some colour coverage, with CBC News science editor Kingsley Brown, and various CBS newsmen, including Walter Cronkite. Aired November 9, 1966 at 2:00 pm CST

Original Airdates1966


Generation, a public affairs series on youth/adult relations, ran locally on CBLT-TV Toronto from 1963 (when its host was Lloyd Robertson) to 1966. In the summer of 1965, the CBC network ran the series for seven weeks, airing four new programs and three repeats from the local broadcasts. The 1965 show, which featured as hosts June Callwood, Bill McVean, ...

Original Airdates1963-1966

Great Debate, The


A lively debate show, moderated by Pierre Berton, The Great Debate featured a wide array of guest debaters, from Canadian nationalist Mel Hurtig to American actress Gloria Swanson. The debaters tackled a new controversial topic each week. First broadcast in 1974 on Global, the series ran into some financial trouble after a few years on air, went int ...

Original Airdates1974-1984

In Private Life

Peter Desbarats, Ottawa bureau chief for the Global network, was host of this political affairs program, which telecast Sundays nights and repeated Thursday afternoons. Desbarats interviewed contemporary political figures on the program.

Original Airdates1976-1977


Inquiry A contemporary to Close-Up and a direct precursor to This Hour Has Seven Days, Inquiry was a significant attempt by the CBC to inject bite and flair into its coverage of national affairs. By the third season, the CBC had expanded the program's budget by a quarter and the show took on more responsibility for coverage of international events as well as ...

Original Airdates1960-1964



Kidsbeat was a kids news show which ran for 52 episodes per year on Global and later also TVO. Kidsbeat dealt with one major news topic or issue each week, explaining it for the young audience with the aid of background information, plus lighter segments on sports and entertainment. A few years into the program, a decision was made to shift the empha ...

Original Airdates1981-1993

Land and Sea


Land and Sea Land and Sea was a half-hour public affairs program originally produced in two regions: St. John's, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The show's mandate was to tell stories about the people who lived off the land and worked the resources of the sea. Today, Land and Sea covers issues that affect people in rural communities which ultimately affect th ...

AkaLand & Sea
Original Airdates1964-

Little Good News, A


Join host Jim Furlong for a nostalgic look back at the people, trends, events and places, that made our local history so unique. It's a memorable, enjoyable, and informative stroll down Memory Lane for all baby-boomers.

Original Airdates1984-?

Nation's Business, The


The Nation's Business started in the spring of 1956 as a ten minute, free time political television broadcast, a service already offered on CBC radio. It ran every other week. In the autumn, it expanded to a quarter hour, and alternated with a broadcast of similar format devoted to the politics of the provinces. The programs were then cut back to slots ...

Original Airdates1956-1969

Opening of Montreal International Airport

Commentators on this half-hour program were Bob Brazil of Montreal and Byng Whitteker of Toronto. The program showed the official opening of the airport's $30 million terminal, then one of the world's largest airport buildings. The terminal had been built to provide for future developments, in that it was five times larger than airline traffic demanded ...

Original Airdates1960

Panorama Newsreel

Panorama Newsreel on CFPL-TV, London. Ont. called for a staff of 18, headed by brilliant news director Ron Laidlaw. 15 minutes of on-the-spot news accounts on film are made available to half-a-million viewers in Western Ontario. Reporter-cameramen have shot over 18.000 feet of film in one month, to depict things like a CPR hotel fire, a poultry show, or ...

Original Airdates1957


Platform was a political inquiry program, moderated by CTV newsman Ab Douglas. It placed representatives of the political parties (Conservatives, Liberals, NDP and Social Credit) in isolation booths, to answer questions posed by a panel of journalists. Opportunity for open debate was provided as well, the result being a stimulating and informative sh ...

Original Airdates1963-1967


Spotlight Spotlight featured interviews with interesting people visiting Winnipeg or taking part in the city's many activities. As well, Insp. Neil Clarke of the Winnipeg traffic division appeared for 15 minutes a week to explain the intricacies of Manitoba traffic laws in a way the layman — even a non-driver — could understand, and Cpl. W. S. Greenlay of the RCM ...

Original Airdates1954-1963

Street Cents


Street Cents In this series, the teen hosts of the show explore consumer issues concerning teens in the form of product tests, answering viewer consumer questions, showcasing teen entrepreneurs and environmental initiatives, examining advertising claims and identifying rip offs. Interspersed in each episode are comedy sketches that help illustrate consumer issues wh ...

Original Airdates1989- 2006


Telepoll Telepoll was a weekly CTV program which reported news events then surveyed viewer opinion on major issues. As Telepoll's host, Royce Frith directed discussion by the panel of experts on the leading news events of the week. Following each segment of background information, questions were asked inviting viewers to form opinions on the matters in question. ...

Original Airdates1961-1965

Town Crier, The

The Town Crier was a television public affairs program broadcast live from Vancouver with host Bob Quintrel. It was also the Vancouver segment of CBC-TV's Across Canada series.

Original Airdates1964-1965

Twenty Million Questions

Twenty Million Questions was a CBC-TV public affairs series from Ottawa with the purpose of keeping Canada's 20 million citizens (at the time) informed about major political issues and other topical matters of national concern.

Aka20 Million Questions
Original Airdates1966-1969

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For an in-depth look at CBC programs (1952-82),
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