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CBC RECAPS THE ISSUES, EVENTS AND PERSONALITIES THAT DEFINED 2012 WITH MULTI-PLATFORM YEAR-END PROGRAMMING ACROSS CBC-TV, CBC NEWS NETWORK, CBC RADIO AND CBCNEWS.CA

From the ongoing civil strife in Syria to Hurricane Sandy knocking out power on the eastern seaboard to the re-election of U.S. President Barak Obama - it was a year of major stories and events, from right here at home and around the world. The domestic milestones including the dramatic events on Quebec Election night which saw Pauline Marois' Parti Quebecois take back power after nine years in opposition. Montreal saw a summer of protests and the ongoing corruption scandal in Quebec erupted under the microscope of the Charbonneau Commission. From the British Monarch's Diamond Jubilee to the London 2012 Summer Games 2012 was a year of events, issues, and personalities to remember.

In a slate of special year-end programming on CBC-TV, CBC News Network, CBC Radio and CBCNews.ca, CBC News highlights issues, the events and the personalities that defined the year.  

For a look at CBC holiday programming and new specials, visit CBC.ca/holiday/schedule

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THE NATIONAL WITH PETER MANSBRIDGE
10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV; 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network (9 ET/PT on Sunday). 

Thursday, Dec. 13 -The At Issue panel offers their thoughts on the political year that was; Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hebert and Bruce Anderson on the political winners and losers of 2012.
Monday, Dec. 17 - CBC News' Science Correspondent and Host of CBC Radio One's Quirks and Quarks, Bob McDonald gets up close with Chris Hadfield, before he heads to the International Space Centre.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 - The Bottom Line: our panel takes viewer questions about the economic year that was:  Amanda Lang, Patricia Croft, Jim Stanford and Preet Banerjee have the answers.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Reg Sherren takes viewers to Newfoundland for a special Only in Canada segment on celebrating the holidays.
Thursday, Dec. 20 - At Issue: Canadians have sent in their burning political questions and the At Issue panel answers them.
Friday, Dec. 21 - How do they do the holidays in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, and Montreal? Our local news teams take you to these cities for heartwarming stories from their 'hood'.
Sunday, Dec. 23 - Bob McDonald is back for a fun and informative look back at a year of scientific oddities and discoveries.
Monday, Dec. 24 - Amanda Lang delves into the top national and international business stories of 2012 and what to watch for in 2013.
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Susan Ormiston tells the story of Tafilmusik the making of a Saint and we have an encore presentation of Ian Hanomansing in conversation with Canada's it-girl Carly Rae Jepson.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Encore presentation: The National went to the Arctic in late summer to hunt for the final resting place of the ill-fated Franklin expedition in the CBC News series Finding Franklin.
Thursday, Dec. 27 - At Issue vs. The Insiders: Canada's most-watched political panel--Chantal Hebert, Andrew Coyne and Bruce Anderson--go head-to-head with their counterparts on The Insiders panel--Kathleen Monk, David Herle and Jaime Watt - to battle it out in their annual year-end political quiz. 
Friday, Dec. 28 - A special look back at the incredible people, pictures and moments of 2012
Sunday, Dec. 29 - The Correspondents:  Susan Ormiston, Paul Hunter, Nahlah Ayed, Sasa Petricic, David Common and Adrienne Arsenault tell viewers what it was like reporting from  inside some of the biggest stories of the year. 
Monday, Dec. 31 - The Bottom Line panel looks back at the economic highs and lows of 2012 and their predictions for what will make the news in 2013.
Tuesday, Jan. 1 - The Insiders: Jaime Watt, Kathleen Monk and David Herle take viewer questions on political strategy: the do, the don'ts and the consequences of both.
 
** The At Issue year-enders can be seen on CBC News Network on the following days: Broadcast time is Saturday afternoons at 5:30 ET/2:30 PT:

At Issue:  Year in Review - Saturday, Dec. 15
At Issue: Viewers' Questions - Saturday, Dec. 22
At Issue vs. The Insiders - Saturday, Dec. 29

POWER & POLITICS WITH EVAN SOLOMON
Weekdays at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on CBC News Network
Game Changers Dec 17-21 with encore presentations Dec 24-28

This December, Power and Politics features the Top Political Game Changers of 2012. Who made the biggest difference on the political scene this year? Who had the most profound impact on the country? Who shaped the debate, left the biggest mark, or was the biggest surprise?
Power and Politics viewers are nominating their top picks, and the Top Five Game Changers will be featured on the show beginning on December 17.

THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND
Weekends at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. AT, 7:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One

Sunday, Dec. 23 - On location in New York City, The World This Weekend dedicates a special edition titled "Homeless for the Holidays" - a look at how people affected directly by Hurricane Sandy are coping with the holidays.  
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Join host Marcia Young for a look back at some of the most inspiring, thought-provoking, or simply funny, stories of the past year. 
Sunday, Dec. 29 -CBC News journalist Laura Lynch talks to host Marcia Young about the art of storytelling from abroad.

THE HOUSE WITH EVAN SOLOMON
Saturdays at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT), Sundays at midnight (12:30am NT) on CBC Radio One

Saturday, Dec. 22 - Host Evan Solomon counts down the top moments of 2012 on The House, and updates our listeners on some of the year's biggest political stories.
 
Saturday, Dec. 29 - The House's Quiz Show. The House's annual Quiz Show is back! Evan Solomon will test your knowledge, and that of CBC political blogger Kady O'Malley, CBC National Affairs editor Chris Hall, and Post Media columnist and At Issue panelist Andrew Coyne, of the political events that marked the past 12 months.
 
THE LANG & O'LEARY EXCHANGE
Weeknights at 6:30 p.m. (7:00 NT) on CBC and 7 p.m. ET/4 pm PT on CBC News Network

Monday, Dec. 24 - Amanda Lang and Kevin O'Leary face-off over the biggest business stories of 2012. From stalled pipeline plans to the European debt crisis they take their stance on the forces at play in world markets over 2012.
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Lang and O'Leary focus on the sectors that were hot in 2012 including; technology, the oil sands, green energy, and more. 
Monday, Dec. 31 - Before they ring in the New Year, Lang and O'Leary take a look back at the top business headlines of 2012. 

SEVEN DAYS INSIDE SYRIA
Monday, Dec.31 at 12 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio One

Correspondent Laura Lynch revisits and reflects on her rare chance to report from inside a nation at war with itself. She weaves the stories she sent from Syria with intensely personal and sometimes painful memories from a Syrian-Canadian doctor who has travelled to the heart of the conflict to save lives. 

CHANGE AGENTS       
Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT) on CBC Radio One
 
On New Year's Day, CBC's Senior Business Correspondent Amanda Lang looks ahead to the challenges facing the Canadian economy in 2013 with key industry leaders. She'll speak to Rick George, former CEO of Suncor, about how the energy sector is using innovation to confront growing environmental pressures. She'll talk with a member of Research In Motion's executive team about the BlackBerry maker's do-or-die year, and she'll pose an uncomfortable question: how can Canada close its longstanding innovation and productivity gap?

CBC NEWS NOW 
Daily on CBC News Network

'Tis the season for viewers to decorate the "Winter Wonderland Wall". Once again this year, CBC News Network and CBC Community at www.cbcnews.ca will feature photos and stories from Canadians with what they're doing to celebrate this time of year.  The decorating at CBC News Now will continue right up through Christmas. Viewers can also tune into CBC News Now over the holidays for a taste of some of the top news, weather and entertainment stories of 2012.  


Throughout December, CBCNews.ca takes a look back at the best of 2012 - who were the biggest newsmakers; what were the biggest storms and disasters; the biggest arts, business, tech and health stories. What were the biggest buzzwords and catchphrases online.
 
Check out CBCNews.ca editors picks for the top 10 stories of the year and vote for your favourite. 

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GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT 
Monday, Dec. 24, 7PM /11:30 PM
 
Tune in to a special Christmas Eve edition of GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT as George celebrates the holidays with an exclusive Canadian-TV interview with legendary singer-songwriter, actor and philanthropist Dolly Parton. In this lively and intimate conversation, shot on location in New York City, "The Queen of Country Music"  talks about the inspirational message behind her new book "Dream More", the evolution of her larger-than-life style and her personal Christmas memories growing up in her Tennessee mountain home. Plus: CBC's favourite yam, Mamma Yamma, helps families get in the holiday spirit on a festive edition of the Three Things comedy panel. 

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CBC Sports is wrapping up the year that was with a look at the most influential people, defining moments and best team of the year.
 
On Saturday, Dec. 15, CBC SPORTS WEEKEND host Scott Russell will announce the name of the most Influential Person in Canadian Sports. The candidates this year range from Christine Sinclair to Marcel Aubut to Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr.  The results will be published at CBCSports.ca.
 
2012 has been a tumultuous year in Canadian Sports, and on Saturday, Dec. 29, CBCSports.ca and CBC Sports Weekend will reveal the Ten Sports Moments you will not forget.
 
In the final week of December, CBCSports.ca will announce the best team of the year. From the Canadian Olympic men's 4x100 relay team, to the Toronto Argonauts, to the Canadian Women's soccer team, CBCSports.ca will break down which team was the greatest in 2012.  

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RADIO ONE

THE SUNDAY EDITION
Sundays at 9 a.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Radio One

Sunday, Dec. 30 - The Sunday Edition looks at the people, the places and the happenings of 2012 - from the worthy to the quirky. It's the return of the program's annual current events quiz, "What in the World." Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will be back to defend his crown as Quiz King. Facing him are two formidable opponents: Senator Hugh Segal and author and journalist Linda McQuaig.

DAY 6 
Saturdays at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio One
Throughout December, Day 6 presents its year-end series The Big 6: The biggest movements, moments and misadventures of 2012 as chosen by our listeners. Every week features a surprising view on some of the biggest stories of the year. Six categories are presented--Newsmaker, Flameout, Winning, Trend, Feel Good and Heartbreaker--with listeners casting their vote for Biggest Newsmaker and Flameout at cbc.ca/day6/thebig6. The results will be revealed on Day 6's final episode of 2012 on Saturday, Dec. 29. 

Weekdays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC Radio One
Now through Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Q presents the Top 20 Albums of 2012, as host Jian Ghomeshi counts them down throughout December. It all culminates on New Year's Day with the announcement of the No. 1 album of the year. You can also keep track of the countdown on the Q blog at cbc.ca/q!

                                                                                                                                                                

RADIO 2
The Radio 2 Top Twenty: The Best of 2012
Friday, Dec. 28 - At 7 p.m. (repeated Sunday Dec. 30 at 5 p.m.), host Nana Aba Duncan counts down the top Canadian and international musical tracks of the year.  Which songs will come out on top?  Tune in to the Radio 2 Top 20 and find out!

DRIVE
CHRISTMAS EVE ON DRIVE: Join Rich Terfry for a very special edition of CBC RADIO 2 DRIVE on Christmas Eve, December 24th from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Rich will be sharing his favourite holiday tunes, and the second half of the show will feature Christmas classics with limited breaks and more music. Finish your shopping, or just drive home to your loved ones on this special edition of DRIVE!
  
RADIO 3
The R3-103
Monday, Dec. 17 - Radio 3 will Count down the top 103 Canadian indie songs of 2012. The countdown will start around 10 a.m. ET and we'll be playing the number one song around 5:30 p.m. ET. The entire broadcast day will repeat Christmas Day, Dec. 30, Jan. 1 and Jan. 5.

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CBCMusic.ca celebrates the holidays by featuring continuous holiday music, 24/7 on two new web radio stations until December 28th. Seasonal Favourites features vintage tunes and soulful sounds from the likes of Dean Martin and Aretha Franklin, as well as popular holiday hits from Diana Krall, Michael BublĂ© and Anne Murray, while Classical Holidays  features a great mix of everything from The Messiah and the Nutcracker to Bach's Christmas Oratorio.  

Visit CBCMusic.ca your festive music mix, the soundtrack for your holiday celebrations.

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Beginning Friday, Dec. 21, CBC Books looks at the 'Best Books of the Year', as selected by some of this country's most respected best-of-the-year lists of 2012. 

Visit CBC.ca/books to discover the year's best reads! 
                                                                                                                                                               

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus five languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 

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