CBC has announced that Rosemary Barton is now the permanent host of the network’s flagship political program, Power & Politics.
Barton initially assumed the role of interim host in July, when former anchor Evan Solomon was fired after a Toronto Star investigation revealed he was taking secret commissions on sales of art involving people he dealt with as a TV host.
Speaking to the Star on Dec. 28, Barton said: “In terms of this job, obviously it’s not how I expected it to unfold.”
She added that she had applied for the position of full-time replacement when it was posted.
She has been a regular contributor and guest host on the show since 2009.
“Rosie is a leader and one of this country’s best political journalists,” said CBC News editor in chief, Jennifer McGuire.
“Her hosting and interviewing skills, seen daily on Power & Politics, have great resonance with the audience, both (for) new viewers and existing viewers. We are thrilled that she has agreed to take this on permanently.”
In a statement, CBC cited Barton’s well-publicized interview with former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, as one of the key moments showcasing her “informed, calm and determined interview style.”