A New Era for The National

There have been a lot of changes at The National. There are new ways to watch, a new website, and a new look and feel to CBC Television's flagship newscast.

New website, new ways to watch

October 26, 2009

You’ve probably noticed already that our website looks different. There have been a lot of changes here at The National. In fact, for months, we’ve been building sets, designing graphics, creating new music, putting together a new team, and more broadly, re-thinking how we can best deliver the news and the stories that Canadians want to see on our nightly television broadcast.

We’ve also been working to create new ways for you to get news from The National online. First, we’re launching The National Mobile, a 4-minute news wrap available for mobile devices, delivered each weekday at 6 p.m. ET. And we’re providing a 10-minute news update called The National On Demand each weekday that you can watch on our website, and download as a podcast. Our goal is to give our loyal viewers more choices of how, when and where they can watch The National’s content, and we hope you take advantage of these new options. Find out how you can get these new services.

We’ve also created a brand new website, which is still the place where you can watch our nightly broadcast and watch or download the At Issue panel and Rex Murphy Point of View each week. We’ll continue to showcase some of our best in-depth journalism regularly on the site, including material available exclusively online. And you can find a lot more of our news videos on our site, and on cbc.ca/video in The National section.  That’s also where you’ll find our archive of videos from The National back to October 2008.

But we’ve added some new features, too.

Wendy Mesley is looking for your input into the provocative questions in her new segment on the show. You can vote for what subject interests you most, and later, post written comments or submit a webcam video. Some of them will be used during the TV broadcast, so you can have your say on the topics that matter to you. You can also join Wendy on Twitter to see what she’s got planned next.

We also want to communicate with you more often. A lot of us will be contributing to The National blog  to keep you informed about the show. You can also keep tabs on what’s new on the program and on the site by joining our Facebook  page, signing up for The National Twitter feed, as well as our RSS feeds.

This season, we’re planning to host some live webchats, and to create special online content for you to enjoy. And you can find out a lot more about our team of reporters on our About the show  page. Be sure to check out their video bios - they’re full of interesting secrets about the people who work here!

And last but certainly not least, we want to hear from you. You’ll notice that you need to log in to post comments to our site now. Don’t let that deter you. Under this new system, your comments will now be posted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, usually within 30 minutes. And we’ll feature some of the best ones on the main page of our site throughout the day.

So why not get started now? Leave your comments on this page and let us know what you think of our new broadcast and website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bonnie Brown

Editorial Producer, cbc.ca/thenational