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Cochrane to host Power & Politics

February 16, 2023

CBC News has announced David Cochrane as the new host of CBC News Network’s flagship daily political programme, Power & Politics. Familiar to audiences as a regular guest host and reporter on the show, Cochrane will now bring his political reporting experience and engaging interviewing style to the role of permanent host, effective immediately. Power & Politics airs Monday to Friday at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT, 5:30 p.m. NT) on CBC News Network.

Power & Politics is the place where politicians are challenged to defend and explain the decisions that impact Canadians. In an increasingly polarised environment, David is the perfect choice to direct a civil, fair and balanced conversation,” said Brodie Fenlon, Editor in Chief, CBC News. “Armed with facts and a human touch, he will bring people from different viewpoints and regions to the national conversation.”

“Political reporting is at the heart of public broadcasting. I’ve watched and appeared on this show since its original incarnation as Politics with Don Newman and all the incredible hosts since then. It’s an absolute honour to be asked to take the host chair at this time and build on that legacy,” said Cochrane.

Since joining the CBC News Parliamentary Bureau as a national senior reporter in 2016, Cochrane has reported from 11 countries across four continents and played a lead role in CBC’s 2019 and 2021 federal election coverage. He also reported extensively on the federal government’s response to Covid-19 and the protests that occupied downtown Ottawa in the winter of 2022.

Before his Ottawa posting, Cochrane spent nearly two decades covering politics in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was awarded a Canadian Screen Award for television reporting and three awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA) for Best Radio Feature, Digital Analysis and Hosting. Born in St. John’s, Cochrane has a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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