New Brunswicker Named Co-Host of The National on CBC

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Ian Hanomansing is one of four broadcasters picked to share hosting duties on The National, the CBC reported today.

Hanomansing, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in Sackville, will be joined by CBC senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton, and Vancouver local news host Andrew Chang.

The new program that will debut in November, with Arsenault and Hanomansing hosting from Toronto, Barton in Ottawa and Chang in Vancouver.

“I didn’t want four different versions of the same person,” said Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief for CBC News. “The four that we’ve chosen are quite different and they bring different skills to the program … we think they’ll resonate with audiences.”

Hanomansing is currently a host with CBC News Network. He has also been a longtime guest host for The National.

The CBC reports that he took an interest in broadcasting from an early age. His family didn’t have cable TV so he would listen to the radio and started as a summer student at CKDH in Amherst, Nova Scotia when he graduated from high school. He then moved on to local stations in Moncton and Halifax, and ultimately a long career at CBC that led to his new job at The National.

The show was hosted by Peter Mansbridge until he retired at the beginning of July.