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The News Explainer, Explained

9 February 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

J-TalksLive THE NEWS EXPLAINER, EXPLAINED Ros Atkins, BBC News Analysis Editor in conversation with Andrew Chang, CBC News Explore, Host, About That Thursday, February 9, 2023, 12 PM ET

Ros Atkins, the BBC’s “Explainer-in-Chief,” is making art of impartial fact in his viral video news explainers viewed the world over. Atkins’ critically acclaimed, fact-packed news videos, shared widely across social media and the BBC’s many platforms, represent a compelling, trustworthy new form of storytelling for the digital age.

In conversation with CBC journalist, Andrew Chang, Atkins explained how the BBC journalist and his team craft the viral videos that make for easy understanding of complex news issues.

The virtual discussion tookplace on February 9, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. EST and featured journalist, editor, and explainer-in-chief Ros Atkins of the BBC, in conversation with Andrew Chang of the CBC-Radio Canada’s About That, with Andrew Chang.

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Ros Atkins

Ros Atkins is the Analysis Editor of BBC News. He is the creator and presenter of both Outside Source on BBC World News and the “Ros Atkins on…” video explainer series. Ros also co-presents The Media Show on BBC Radio 4. 

Ros has been a BBC News radio and TV presenter for close to 20 years and has covered many of the biggest stories around the world as well as interviewing an array of public figures. 

Ros’ first book, The Art of Explanation  will be published in September 2023. He’s also an occasional drum and bass DJ and recorded a mix for BBC Radio 6 Music in early 2022. 

Andrew Chang

Award-winning journalist Andrew Chang is in development on a new daily show for CBC’s free streaming news channel, launching in late 2022. Prior to that, Chang hosted The National alongside Adrienne Arsenault in Toronto. He has also spent time in the host chair for local and national shows including CBC Vancouver News at 6, The Current and CBC News Now.

Prior to his move to Vancouver, Chang spent a successful decade with CBC Montreal most recently as co-host of CBC Montreal’s supper-time newscast. He covered a number of memorable moments in Montreal’s history such as Montreal’s 2011 federal election night special, which saw the unprecedented rise of the NDP in the province, and the resulting collapse of the Bloc Québécois; the 2012 election-night assassination attempt of Pauline Marois and he was also the first, among local English television networks, to tell Montrealers about the assassination of mafia godfather Niccolo Rizzuto Senior.

He worked previously as one of CBC’s chief staff reporters, covering breaking news at both the local and network level: from the Dawson College shootings, to the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass in Laval, to a month-long stint on the Parti Québécois campaign bus during the 2008 provincial election.

During this time, Andrew was also working as a video journalist — interviewing various news-makers, writing and reporting, shooting and editing video. With a camera over his shoulder, Andrew spent years producing both news-length and feature-length reports. In 2014, 2016, 2020 & 2022, Chang was a member of CBC’s broadcast team for the Olympic Games.

On weekends, it’s a different story — when he is not being the doting father to his daughters, he spends his time snowboarding, hiking, and indulging in one of his many other passions: music. Follow Chang on Twitter and Instagram @AndrewChangCBC




9 February 2023
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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