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Ring in 2013 with a Special Collection of New Year's Eve Comedy Favourites and 'Best-of' Rounds-Ups on CBC-TV and Radio

Start the New Year off right with a variety of special programming from CBC Television and CBC Radio, including hilarious comedies, exclusive interviews, and a recap of the best stories from 2012. The New Year's Eve line-up includes AIR FARCE NEW YEAR'S EVE 2012, THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR'S EVE EDITION, 22 MINUTES HOLIDAY SPECIAL and a festive edition of GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT, featuring an exclusive interview with Michael J. Fox.

NEW YEAR'S PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

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22 MINUTES HOLIDAY SPECIAL
Monday, December 31 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT)
Switch on your Christmas cheer with the 22 Minutes Holiday Special, featuring guest appearances from original cast members, Mary Walsh and Greg Thomey. Also in this episode, the Real Housewives of Town reveal their Secret Santa secrets, Barry Weiss does his Christmas shopping Storage Wars-style, famous Canadian actor, Gordon Pinsent joins the Three Wise Men for a gift-seeking pilgrimage at the mall, and the classic holiday story, The Hockey Sweater, gets a rewrite. The Queen (Cathy Jones) and Canadian premiers from coast-to-coast-to-coast join the 22 Minutes cast for holiday fun during this hour-long special episode.

AIR FARCE NEW YEAR'S EVE 2012
Monday, December 31 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Air Farce is back, and we're doing it 'Gangnam Style'. The tradition continues when Air Farce New Year's Eve returns to CBC Television on Monday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m. (8:30 NT). Don Ferguson, Luba Goy, Craig Lauzon, Alan Park, Penelope Corrin, and the newest Air Farce cast member, Arnold Pinnock, send up the highs and lows of 2012 with a fast-paced hour filled with plenty of laughs, lots of surprises, and the annual dropping of the F-Bomb on Canada's biggest pet peeves. Join Air Farce and special guests: Canadian hockey legend Paul Henderson; Olympic gold medalist Rosie MacLennan; the star of Murdoch Mysteries, Yannick Bisson; platinum recording artist, Victoria Duffield ("Shut Up and Dance"); from Dragons' Den, "The Wealthy Barber" David Chilton, and more!

THE RON JAMES SHOW: NEW YEAR'S EVE EDITION
Monday, December 31 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) with an encore presentation at midnight
The Ron James New Year's Eve Special is back and one of the country's favourite annual traditions continues with "Canada's Comedian" sending 2012 off in style! As in 2013, Ron vows "never to listen to a Mayan again" and makes a few startling predictions of his own for the year ahead. The Royal Family has been especially 'visible' in 2012 and in her annual message to the Queen, Aunt Vivien isn't afraid to tell the naked truth. Conservative Radio show host, Buell Crawford, gets hot under the collar over all this climate change baloney. Special guests include: Linda Kash, Patrick McKenna, Raoul Bhaneja and Lauren Ash.

GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT
Monday, December 31 at 11:30 p.m. (12 NT)
Ring in New Year's Eve with a special edition of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight as George wraps up 2012 with Canadian actor, author, producer and activist Michael J. Fox. In this candid and funny exclusive interview, Fox talks about how he has dealt with Parkinson's disease and about the unwavering support of his wife, actor Tracy Pollan. He also reveals details about his upcoming TV comedy series, in which he plays a man dealing with family, career and Parkinson's. Plus: Ed The Sock helps ring in the New Year with resolutions and predictions on the fast, furious and funny comedy panel. And, George counts down to 2013 with the help of some of your favourite CBC stars.

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CBC MUSIC PRESENTS: THE BEST OF 2012
Monday, December 31 at 11 p.m. (11:30 NT) on CBC Radio One
Tuesday, January 1 at 12 p.m. (12:30 NT) on CBC Radio One

Host Nana Aba Duncan counts down the top ten Canadian songs of the year. The show features Feist, Metric, Serena Ryder, Kathleen Edwards and many other artists speaking about their songs, plus a special appearance by Mr. Hockey Night in Canada (and noted music lover) Ron MacLean.

THE CURRENT
Monday, December 31 at 8:30 a.m. (9 NT) on CBC Radio One

The Current brings together some of Canada's major political thinkers to look back at the year that was and to get their picks for the news stories and people that made 2012 a year to remember.

CBC RADIO 2 DRIVE
Monday, December 31 at 3:30 p.m. (4 NT) on CBC Radio 2

Spend New Year's Eve with CBC RADIO 2 DRIVE. Host Rich Terfry will be sharing his favourite stories from 2012, profiling the biggest names in music from the past year, and will feature live performances recorded in the DRIVE studios from Matt Mays, Royal Wood, The Great Lake Swimmers and The Sheepdogs.

CBC RADIO 2 MORNING
Tuesday, January 1 at 6:00 a.m. (6:30 NT) on Radio 2

CBC RADIO 2 MORNING host Tom Power looks back on a great 2012.You'll hear some of the best music, strangest stories, memorable events and Radio 2 Morning's favourite moments of the year.

CBC RADIO 2 DRIVE
Tuesday, January 1 at 3:30 p,m. (4 NT) on Radio 2

CBC RADIO 2 DRIVE host Rich Terfry continues to share his favourite 2012 stories, including exclusive live performances from Alex Cuba and Cowboy Junkies recorded in the DRIVE studios.

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