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The Hour
Also known as CBC News: The Hour
Genre Newsmagazine
Presented by George Stroumboulopoulos
Opening theme "Use It" by The New Pornographers
Country of origin  Canada
Language(s) English
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Original run January 17, 2005
Chronology
Related shows The National
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Hour is a Canadian television newsmagazine broadcast on CBC Television. It first aired on January 17, 2005 as CBC News: The Hour, and is currently broadcast Monday to Thursday on the CBC at 11:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC Newsworld. The program is hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, a former MuchMusic host. A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is a usually weekly magazine featuring articles on current events. ... George Stroumboulopoulos (born August 16, 1972 in Malton, Ontario), commonly nicknamed Strombo, is a Canadian television and radio personality. ... The New Pornographers is a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock group formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Radio-Canada redirects here. ... 480i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... ... JOHN HERMAN SUCKS FAT DICK ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National, now officially known as CBC News: The National, is the CBCs flagship national television newscast. ... The hour record for bicycles is the record for the longest distance cycled in one hour on a bicycle. ... A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is a usually weekly magazine featuring articles on current events. ... CBC Television is a Canadian English language television network. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBC Newsworld is a Canadian English language cable television specialty news channel owned and operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). ... George Stroumboulopoulos (born August 16, 1972 in Malton, Ontario), commonly nicknamed Strombo, is a Canadian television and radio personality. ... MuchMusic (often referred to only as Much) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel owned by CTVglobemedia dedicated to music and music-related programs. ...


In October 2006, The Hour began repeating at 11:00 p.m. local time, 11:30 Newfoundland Time, on CBC Television's owned-and-operated stations (participation by CBC's privately owned stations may vary), replacing the 11:00 p.m. replay of The National. Repeats on Newsworld moved to 3:00 a.m. ET. With the move, the program shortened its name (although the show's website retained the longer name for some time) and added a live studio audience. The basic format has not changed drastically, although the news elements have been de-emphasized somewhat. CBC Television is a Canadian English language television network. ... The National, now officially known as CBC News: The National, is the CBCs flagship national television newscast. ...


Since the start of Season Three, the show's main title theme has been "Use it" by Canadian band The New Pornographers. The New Pornographers is a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock group formed in 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia. ...

Contents

Format

Typically, the show begins with a short skit, usually starring George and some of his behind-the-scenes colleagues, parodying high-profile current events or discussing features of the upcoming show. Stroumboulopoulos then narrates a video collage of what's coming up in the next hour.


Generally, the show consists of two or three interviews with a wide spectrum of guests, including (but not limited to) politicians, rockstars, writers and actors. Occasionally, interview spots are filled with recurring correspondents such as Jian Ghomeshi, Hilary Doyle and Yasir Khan. Some of these interviews are pre-recorded, but many others are conducted live on-air (live-to-tape). During the in-studio interviews, guests sit across from Stroumboulopoulos in the signature red furniture on the set. Before the interview begins, there is a short briefing on the upcoming guest(s) often referred to as The Set-Up or Bio. Aside from the larger(?)interview segments, there are several fast-paced and shorter segments in which George runs through daily National and International news headlines adding his own unique brand of witty commentary and retort. Jian Ghomeshi (born John Gomeshi June 9, 1967) is a Canadian broadcaster, writer, producer and musician, born in London, England and raised in Toronto, Ontario. ...


These segments include:

  • Mile a Minute quickly touches on current events around the world, with video or images accompanied by Stroumboulopoulos' commentary.
  • Canada is similar to Mile a Minute, but limited to current events in Canada. This segment aired only during Season One and Two.
  • Time Capsule shows CBC footage from past events that relate to current events or the date, sometimes it is both video and audio, at other times George will comment on the video footage.
  • The List is a primarily satirical Top 5 list concerning a current event.
  • The News briefly informs viewers of news in the entertainment industry.
  • The Newsstand is a one-on-one interview between Stroumboulopoulos and a guest, taking place at a newsstand, discussing issues that appear on various magazine covers.

On some programs, Stroumboulopoulos reads aloud viewer correspondence. 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ...


The final segment of the show was called "The Closer", a monologue by Stroumboulopoulos about a particular current event. In January 2007, this segment has been replace by "The List". A monologue, pronounced monolog, is a speech made by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing a reader, audience, or character. ...


Timeslot history

First and Second Season (2005-2006)

First Broadcast Monday to Thursday
8 p.m. ET
CBC Newsworld
Repeat Monday to Thursday
11 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. NL)

Third Season (October 2006-present) The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... CBC Newsworld is a Canadian English language cable television specialty news channel owned and operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). ... NST is UTC-3:30 The Newfoundland Standard Time Zone (NST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting 3½ hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), resulting in UTC-3:30. ...

First Broadcast Monday to Thursday
8 p.m. ET
CBC Newsworld
Repeat Monday to Thursday, Sunday
11 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. NL)
CBC Television
  • As of season 3, the CBC began airing a Sunday format of the show labeled the Special Edition, which highlights the best-of the previous week's content. Most parts of the Sunday show are not taped live. The highlight show is now also aired Fridays.

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Taping locations

The primary location for show tapings is the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto. The regular taping time is from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m in front of a live studio audience. The Canadian Broadcasting Centre The Canadian Broadcasting Centre is the broadcast headquarters of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations television and radio services. ...


The show has gone on location for a short series of shows in Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, Alberta, Montreal, Quebec, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and most recently London, England. This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Nickname: Motto: Avancez (Go forward) Coordinates: , Country Province Established August 5, 1583 by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I Government  - City Mayor Andy Wells  - Governing body St. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ...


One move came out of an interview with enterprising trader Kyle MacDonald who said the only limitation to his activities would be that he would not make any trade with the citizenry of a small village called Yahk, British Columbia. When the citizens protested the exclusion by writing letters to the show, the trader accused Stroumboulopoulos of hypnotizing him into making that statement and he would only go to that town if the show went there first. On Feb. 9, 2006, the producers broadcast an episode from that village. The paperclip that Kyle McDonald traded for a house. ... Yahk is a small village in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. ...


The show has also travelled to Las Vegas, in connection to a contest in which four viewers (2 trips for 2) won trips to "escape winter."


See also

  • Luciano Casimiri

Luciano Casimiri is a Canadian comedy writer and performer. ...

External links

  • The Hour (Official site)

Related Video

  • Recap of Season One, including highlights of clips in the Video Archive

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