People in the London, Ont., region will wake up on Monday morning to a brand new morning show aired out of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's newest location.
The new CBC London station will produce local digital and radio programming out of its downtown location inside the London Public Library's Central Branch, including the new local morning radio show London Morning, hosted by Rebecca Zandbergen.
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"We want to tell the stories that matter to the people who live in this community," said Marissa Nelson, senior managing director for CBC Local English Services.
"We plan to broadcast from locations and host events in and around London where we will dig deeper into issues of the day."
The station will also broadcast Afternoon Drive, hosted by Chris dela Torre. The program was recently aired out of Windsor by long-time CBC Host Bob Steele.
Afternoon Drive will continue "to serve the communities across southwestern Ontario and will provide local news and information to both Windsor and London and all points in between," according to a release from the CBC.
Both shows will be available on the 93.5 FM frequency in the London area, as well as on the CBC Radio app.
The new location was first announced as part of the Budget 2016 reinvestment in CBC/Radio-Canada and is part of the public broadcaster's strategy to improve local and digital service, Strategy 2020: A Space for Us All.
The CBC hosted a launch party on Friday where London Mayor Matt Brown gave some welcoming remarks.
"I can tell you that all of us have been really looking forward to CBC opening its doors in such a grand, huge, amazing way — right here in London," said Brown.
He said there have been two stand-out announcements in London that the entire community has been excited about: that IKEA was opening a pick-up centre in London and that CBC is expanding.
"Essentially, what CBC moving to London in this big way means is that we're going to be able to tell our story time and time again," said Brown.