COVID-19 -Media Solutions Q&A

Stay up to date for responses to the most commonly asked questions

We had previously let you know that Saturday night hockey has been replaced by Saturday night movies - all male skewed. The NHL playoffs were scheduled to begin on April 8, 2020. We will be sending a communique shortly to announce our plans for fresh programming, which will air every night over the next few weeks. We are working closely with our programming team to develop a schedule that is new, dynamic and entertaining for advertisers and viewers alike.

On ICI Télé, three programs have been impacted, due to a pause in filming:
- On va se le dire: shooting has stopped until further notice
- District 31: will end April 2nd rather than April 16th
- En direct de l'univers: the last two episodes will be replaced by reruns (the last fresh episode will air on April 4th)

Infoman will end its season as planned on April 2nd, and Tout le Monde en Parle will continue its live recording, but without an audience.

In the spring, there is no change for the broadcast of Les Chefs and Dans l'Oeil du Dragon which will air in April. In the long run, the majority of our fall dramas have already been shot, and we believe we will have a high-quality schedule come next season.

Yes there have been. Last week, CBC News made the difficult decision to temporarily scale back our local supperhour newscasts for operational reasons due to the surge in COVID-19 related live news stories across the country. To be clear, this was a temporary measure to ensure stability in our news service to Canadians. Since the announcement, CBC news teams across the country have been restoring local news segments.

Starting March 24th, CBC will continue to restore our local TV news offer for local audiences with an expanded 30-minute local news segment on CBC News Network. Viewers in all our regions will see their trusted anchors back on air reporting the local news that pertains to their communities. Over the course of this week and next, we will make every effort to have all of the dedicated local shows back up on the main network.

Now that we have confirmation that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are postponed, we are assessing the impact and beginning preparations to bring these Games to Canadians in 2021. If you are an existing CBC/Radio-Canada Olympic partner, your contact will reach out to you in the coming days to let you know how this change will impact your partnership with us. We look forward to bringing these Games to life, whenever they occur.

CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to be Canada's Olympic and Paralympic network and is committed to bringing Canadians coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games whenever they occur.

Like every organization around the world, we are constantly monitoring the daily developments that emerge with COVID-19 and the impact this virus is having on so many international events, including, most notably, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Whatever decision the International Olympic Committee (IOC), takes regarding these Games, CBC/Radio-Canada will ensure our employees are working in a safe and healthy environment. Today, we are thinking of Canada’s athletes and thank our advertising partners for their continued support during these uncertain times.

CBC/Radio-Canada is assessing the impact of the COVID-19 on our programming plans for the year ahead. It is still early days, but many conversations are happening with our independent production partners in response to the evolving situation

There are no series currently in production in-house at CBC, and the bulk of our scripted and factual series start shooting this spring or summer

On Radio-Canada, a majority of Drama/Comedy programs have been shot, so we are hoping there will be minimal delays.

Our production teams are assessing what can be done to accommodate social-distancing and other recommendations of health officials. We'll update with any confirmed information when it becomes available.

In light of the adjustments to the NHL schedule, CBC will be airing movies on Saturday night. Learn more about them here

CBC is consolidating its news resources in response to COVID-19 Effective March 18th, CBC News Network will evolve into a core live breaking news service that will integrate journalism and coverage from CBC News Network, The National and local CBC stations across the country

CBC News Network will continue to be available to all Canadians free of charge on television and will also stream live on CBC Gem,, and the CBC News app. For more information, click here

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