CBC Radio unveils new schedules

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - CBC Radio today announced schedule changes for
Radio One and Radio 2.
    "With CBC Radio attracting some of the highest audiences in its history,
we're working from a position of strength, despite significant resource
challenges," says Chris Boyce, CBC Radio programming director. "Our new Radio
One schedule will help us bring much of our best programming to new audiences
in new ways, while our new Radio 2 schedule will provide for a smoother
program flow throughout the day."
    With the introduction of a new, one-hour format for local noon programs
and the cancellation of network show The Point, Radio One is reconfiguring its
afternoon schedule to give listeners an opportunity to choose from a broad
range of great programs. Each weekday will offer a unique combination of
familiar, new and newly presented shows. Favourites like Writers and Company,
Ideas, Dispatches, DNTO and The Next Chapter will appear along with new shows
that explore Canadian stories with insights from across the country, CBC
Radio's award-winning documentaries and material from CBC Radio's rich audio
    Many programs will be heard for the first time on weekday afternoons and
while some programs will also be heard elsewhere on the Radio One lineup, they
have been scheduled to minimize the number of people who are likely to hear
both broadcasts.
    "Our research shows that in most cases, less than 15 percent of our
weekday afternoon audience are listening when these shows are broadcast in
their other timeslot," according to Boyce.
    The Radio One weekend schedule will feature 16 new episodes of White
Coat, Black Art in a new time on Saturday morning at 10am, while comedy
favourite The Debaters moves to a new time on Saturday at 1pm followed by
WireTap which moves over from Sunday. Meanwhile, Spark moves to Sunday at 1pm
and expands to a full hour.
    The new Radio One schedule will be heard starting September 7, with some
changes going on-air at the end of June. The full schedule is available at
www.cbc.ca/radio/. The details of the Radio One summer schedule will be
announced in coming weeks.
    The Radio 2 schedule will also see some changes at the end of June.
Classical music lovers will get an earlier start to the day when Tempo, hosted
by Julie Nesrallah, starts an hour earlier at 9am, following Tom Allen's Radio
2 Morning. Tom and his eclectic musical sensibility returns 2-3:30pm with a
new show called Shift, which with a mix of jazz, classical and contemporary
music, will set the stage for the fresh popular vibe of Rich Terfry's Drive
from 3:30-7pm. Canada Live, bringing the best of live performance from
throughout the country, airs 7-8pm with new host Andrew Craig followed by
Canada's best jazz program, Tonic with host Katie Mallock, at 8pm.
    The weekend schedule will be re-arranged so that listeners will be able
to hear classical music in the morning and early afternoon, seven days a week.
Also, joining the Radio 2 weekend lineup will be popular CBC Radio programs
Saturday Night Blues, A Propos and Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap.
    "The current schedule is performing well, with more listeners joining us
and staying with us longer. We're fine-tuning it in order to improve the flow,
build on its strengths and make it easier for listeners to understand the
schedule and what type of music they can expect to hear at different points in
the day," Boyce says. The new Radio 2 schedule is available at:
    Sunday afternoon's Farrago, with host Jurgen Gothe, will wrap up on June
27, to be replaced by This is My Music, in which some of the classical music
community's brightest stars will showcase their favourite musical selections.
    "Farrago was born as a single-season show last year, when Jurgen agreed
to 'play some favourites' from his own CD library," Boyce says. "We want to
thank Jurgen for all he's contributed to CBC over the years, especially his
wisdom, passion and zest for life. We wish him well as he pursues his newest
food and wine-related ventures."

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Keay, (416) 205-3987, jeff.keay@cbc.ca

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