It's one thing to hear a story on the news. It's another to hear from the people behind the news. That's where "As It Happens" comes in. 

"As It Happens" calls up those people, all over the world. Sometimes they're witnesses to history in the making. Sometimes they share personal stories of tragedy, or triumph. Sometimes they take us through a scientific breakthrough that might change our lives. And sometimes they attempt to explain why they left their own wedding to help a cow give birth, or how they shipped themselves from Australia to the UK in a crate. 

"As It Happens" covers what happens, and how and why it happens, by talking to the people it happens to. Five nights a week, for the past 50-plus years.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Live Stream Delivery Monday – Friday, 1900 – 2000 ET

Carol Off and Chris Howden


Number of programs
Ongoing, weeknights

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Program Web site: www.cbc.ca/asithappens


Production Team


Dear Colleagues:
Wow. It’s hard to believe it’s been over 50 years -- five decades since “As It Happens” first hit the airwaves in 1968. At that time, the idea behind the program was considered revolutionary. There had been phone-in radio shows certainly, but "As It Happens" would be a phone-OUT show.

Fifty years later, "As It Happens" continues to rely on the telephone (but we now use Skype and WhatsApp, too, to reach our guests wherever they are). We continue to have conversations with real people and newsmakers from every corner of the globe.

We talk to the people who are making the history we are living through. We talk to witnesses. To victims. To perpetrators. To people with obscure passions. To people who make important -- or sometimes meaningless -- discoveries.

In fact, the program is a curated collection of the stories dominating the news of the day, plus stories you won’t hear anywhere else, whether because those stories are absurd, obscure or simply unjustly ignored.

And we do it all with intelligence, compassion, and wit. In fact, the program is as much about how we humans are ridiculous and fallible, as it is about how we do politics, make music or wage war.

Have you checked us out on Digital? We have a strong relationship with our listeners online -- and we continue the conversation on social media, through Twitter and Facebook. The stories we tell translate beautifully and we continue to gain audience on these new platforms.

Our audience -- on every platform -- loves us because we are eclectic. Because we are irreverent. And because we are fair. We adhere strictly, in every story we tell, to journalistic principles.

Our host, Carol Off, is a veteran journalist. She is an award-winning documentary maker and author and an investigative journalist. And she is a fantastic interviewer.

In short, we are smart, and we also like to laugh. We think you, and your audiences, will like us.

Robin Smythe



Carol Off
An arts reporter and Ottawa correspondent in the '80s. International CBC correspondent in the '90s and '00s. Award-winning documentarian. Award-winning author. And, since 2006, host of As It Happens.

Carol Off has somehow packed the work of about four careers into one. As a television reporter, she covered the Middle East, the Balkans, Afghanistan, the United States, the former Soviet Union — and most other places. She has also covered Canadian military missions around the world, including combat operations in Kandahar after 9/11.

Her work in the Balkans led her to write the best-selling book The Lion, The Fox, and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Since that book came out in 2000, she's written three more — including, most recently, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter's Journey into the Lives of Others, winner of the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

She's won a Gemini, two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television; a Gabriel Award; and ACTRA's John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Broadcasting, among other honours.



Chris Howden
Chris Howden, was a staff writer for As It Happens before joining as the show’s host in January, 2020. As head writer, his witty scripts and iconic puns have defined the program's unique tone. He has also frequently stepped into the studio to fill in as co-host since joining As It Happens in 2003.

Howden has a long history with CBC, having contributed to various other programs, including Sounds Like Canada and This Morning, and hosted the documentary show Living Out Loud.

He got his start by writing what he calls "embarrassingly derivative" Star Wars fan fiction.

Chris is self-conscious about the length of his bio, which, as you can see, is a little skimpy on fascinating detail. For this reason, he has written several sentences, in the third person, which contribute nothing to understanding his life, but undoubtedly help you understand the kind of person he is, and not in a good way. Also, he was the valedictorian of his high school class. In cases where he's uncertain what else to write, he simply keeps typing until eventually he, like you, reaches the period.

He grew up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto with his family.