Andrew Chang, CBC Vancouver's new host, reveals new TV news format

Chang offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our new approach for CBC News Vancouver's supperhour TV newscast.

Chang offers behind-the-scenes glimpse of new approach for CBC News Vancouver's supperhour TV newscast

Andrew Chang shows off hi-tech CBC television set 0:53

The two questions I get most from people: how is the newscast going to be any different than what we're used to seeing on TV and why the heck would I tune in, when I can get all my news online—whenever I want?

I think they're tough smart questions and here's my answer.

First of all, we want to go deeper and so, in a concrete way, that means picking a handful of stories and letting them breathe.

For example, let's not just explain how SkyTrain failed and what that meant for commuters, but let's also take you on board and show you what it was like as people were prying the doors open.

Let's question everything, including asking if one electrician installing a circuit breaker could really cause a system-wide shutdown, and if so, how quickly can they fix the system? What would such an overhaul cost?

Do other cities across Canada with similar transit systems have similar problems? Is a 95 per cent reliability rate really good enough? Let's check back with officials a week, a month, and three months later and pass that information on to you.

Chang rehearses a newscast

Andrew Chang and Johanna Wagstaffe hit the set to review the new format. 0:53

And above all else, let's hold the right people accountable and give them time, in studio, to explain what's happened.

You can get answers to some of these questions online and through social media, and CBC's digital team is second to none in keeping you covered on breaking news, livestreaming and raw video.

But we'll be complementing that work. And when you tune in at 5 p.m. PT on television, you'll get something you won't find anywhere else.

You're still going to get the breadth and range of stories you've come to expect. But as often as we can, we want to show you new angles and new perspectives on the stories you may have already heard about.

If you walk away thinking, "Huh, I never thought about that issue, that way," then we'll be off to a good start.

How we've been preparing

The whole newsroom team here at CBC Vancouver has been working double-time to get everything ready for our big launch on September 1.

There's no question the content of the show is going to look and sound very different. But we want the show to feel different too, and to that end we've really pushed the limits on how we use our studio to tell the story.

New CBC host Andrew Chang getting comfortable in his new home. (CBC)

The studio is our nerve centre, sort of like the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. From here, we can connect with our local reporters at the scene of the big stories happening across Metro Vancouver.

You're also going to see our studio like you've never seen it before.

We're going to use different parts of the set to illustrate different things, and you'll see the whole process as we make our way through each story and sometimes—let's be honest, it's live television—on the fly.

We're going to explain what's changed in your world each day and, at the same time, show you as much as we can about how we operate and why we've made the programming choices we've made.

In my book, the more we can show you about us AND the stories we cover, the better.