Because News

About Because News



CBC Radio One

Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Mondays at 11:30 a.m.


Saturdays at 11 a.m., Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

All times Eastern.


Because News is Canada's funniest news quiz. Host and award-winning comedian Gavin Crawford makes games out of the headlines, along with a panel of comedians and celebrities.

Need group therapy for the news? This is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday.


Gavin Crawford is one of Canada's brightest comedic and dramatic performers—best known for star turns on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, on CBC, and his eponymous The Gavin Crawford Show, on the Comedy Network. This Second City alum and Gemini Award winner has made a serious (and seriously funny) contribution to this country's rich comedic tradition. Gavin is originally from Taber, Alberta.

Gavin's work has been honoured with the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Performance by a Male, two Dora Awards, the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Male Actor, and a Canadian Screen Award for best writing of a comedy program.

Gavin has also produced several one-man shows, including the recent sold-out Fringe Festival hit, "Friend" "Like" #Me.

You can find Gavin on Facebook and on Twitter @TVGavin


Senior Producer, Elizabeth Bowie: When Elizabeth Bowie was six years old, she decided she wanted to be a reporter. When she was seven, she had her birthday party at the CBC studios in her hometown of Halifax. And when she was eight, she wrote to the CBC and asked if she could have a job. Elizabeth still has the letter HR sent back, thanking her for her interest and asking her to wait ten years. She did, and soon after, in the tallest turret of Ottawa's Chateau Laurier studios, she got her start as a traffic reporter. Elizabeth has been a producer with CBC's Go, Spark, Tapestry and Ideas. When she's not kicking up her heels with Gavin and the gang, she can be found in dingy piano bars, singing the Carly Simon Songbook.

Producer, David Carroll: Over the last dozen years David Carroll has helped to produce some of CBC Radio's most beloved shows, including Canada Reads, Go with Brent Bambury, Groove-Shinny, Centre Stage, and The Radio 2 Top 20. When he's offline, David Carroll runs ultra-marathons and writes award-winning novels for young adults. His most recent novel is Sight Unseen (Scholastic Canada).

Digital Producer, Philip Leung: Philip Leung was born and raised on the island of Hong Kong. He moved to Toronto at age of six and dreamt to one day work alongside his video jockey idols on MuchMusic. Philip eventually became a reporter in Asia, writing for international publications such as Time Out Magazine and South China Morning Post. But he misses the frigid cold weather and recently returned to work on CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. Since then, he has voluntarily never left the CBC building. Occasionally, Philip puts his New York University film degree to use by making award-winning short films.