'60 Minutes' to profile Justin Trudeau in an upcoming episode

The most-watched American news program, "60 Minutes," will profile Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an upcoming episode, CBC News has confirmed.

CBS News program regularly attracts an audience in excess of 15 million viewers on Sundays

'60 Minutes' correspondent Lara Logan, left, will host a segment profiling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The episode looks set to air before a state dinner between Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama on March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Canadian Press)

The most-watched American news program will profile Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an episode to air soon, CBC News has confirmed.

CBS's 60 Minutes has been filming Trudeau recently — and at last November's swearing-in ceremony — for the segment.

Lara Logan, chief foreign correspondent for CBS News and co-host of the weekly newsmagazine, is the correspondent attached to the Trudeau episode, a source familiar with the show's plans told CBC News.

The Sunday night program, which regularly attracts in excess of 15 million viewers an episode, is regarded as one of the most influential on American television.

A typical episode includes three long-form segments of roughly 15 minutes each, promising high-profile and in-depth exposure for the new prime minister.

Likely timed to state dinner

The episode looks set to air on March 6, just days before Trudeau visits Washington, DC for a state dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama on March 10.

The state dinner will be the first of its kind between the two countries in nearly 20 years. The last time a Canadian politician was featured on the program was in 2003, when then-deputy prime minister John Manley was featured in a segment called "North of the Border," which documented Islamic terrorist groups operating in Canada.

The program will continue filming Trudeau over the coming days. Trudeau is in Quebec City this weekend for the city's famed Carnival.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, were featured in the January issue of Vogue. (Norman Jean Roy/Vogue)

A photo posted online by the prime minister's official photographer, Adam Scotti, captured the prime minister training with his boxing coach this week as a CBS News film crew looked on.

Trudeau's 60 Minutes debut follows extensive coverage of the prime minister in American news media.

Since his Oct. 19 victory, Trudeau has been profiled in Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines and in the New York Times, among other publications.

With files from Rosemary Barton


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