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The format could best be described as a cross between ''Series/MockTheWeek'', ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' and ''Series/AtMidnight'': there are no teams or captains, and each episode three contestants [[ThePointsMeanNothing compete for points]] as they answer questions on the hottest news of the week from Canada and around the world. The listening audience is encouraged to participate in the discussion via designated Website/{{Twitter}} hashtags.

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The format could best be described as a cross between ''Series/MockTheWeek'', ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' and ''Series/AtMidnight'': there are no teams or captains, and each episode three contestants [[ThePointsMeanNothing compete for points]] as they answer questions on the hottest news of the week from Canada and around the world. The listening audience is encouraged to participate in the discussion via designated Website/{{Twitter}} hashtags.
hashtags. Compare to Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe''.


* ShmuckBait: In a discussion about "Happy Birthday" entering the public domain, Gavin mentioned how it was the most popular song in the English language, after "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". He then gently goaded the panelists into asking what the third most popular English song was. [[spoiler:[[{{Rickroll}} Cue]] [[Music/RickAstley "Never Gonna Give You Up"]].]]

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* ShmuckBait: In a discussion about "Happy Birthday" entering the public domain, Gavin mentioned how it was the most popular song in the English language, after "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". He then gently goaded the panelists into asking what the third most popular English song was. [[spoiler:[[{{Rickroll}} [[spoiler:[[JustForFun/{{Rickroll}} Cue]] [[Music/RickAstley "Never Gonna Give You Up"]].]]


Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/TheRickMercerReport Rick Mercer]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Radio/TheDebaters Steve Patterson]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[https://www.youtube.com/user/JusReign JusReign]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/TheRickMercerReport Rick Mercer]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Radio/TheDebaters Steve Patterson]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].


Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/TheRickMercerReport Rick Mercer]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/TheRickMercerReport Rick Mercer]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Radio/TheDebaters Steve Patterson]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].


Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/TheRickMercerReport Rick Mercer]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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* GuestHost: Talia Schlanger hosted for Episode 32 of Season 1 while Gavin was on vacation.


Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/KidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/KidsInTheHall [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].


* '''[[Website/{{Twitter}} #RageWorthy]]''': Panelists discuss whether a particular controversial issue deserved the InternetBacklash it got.

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* '''[[Website/{{Twitter}} #RageWorthy]]''': Panelists discuss whether a particular controversial issue deserved the InternetBacklash backlash it got.

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* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: When asked how Guinness was changing the age-old recipe of its beer, Colin Mochrie joked that they were making it vegetarian. Turns out he was right.


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* ShmuckBait: In a discussion about "Happy Birthday" entering the public domain, Gavin mentioned how it was the most popular song in the English language, after "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". He then gently goaded the panelists into asking what the third most popular English song was. [[spoiler:[[{{Rickroll}} Cue]] [[Music/RickAstley "Never Gonna Give You Up"]].]]


* StandUpComedy: Gavin opens every episode with an "in the news this week..." monologue in this style, not dissimilar to Creator/DaraOBriain's openers in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the early series of]] ''Series/MockTheWeek''.

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* StandUpComedy: Gavin opens every episode with an "in the news this week..." monologue in this style, not dissimilar to Creator/DaraOBriain's openers in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the early series of]] ''Series/MockTheWeek''.''Series/MockTheWeek''.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with the November 14, 2015 show, which was taped on November 12, and thus there was no way to include coverage about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks the terrorist attacks in Paris]] that took place in the interim.


Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/KidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie Debra McGrath]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]], [[Series/KidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].


* ActorAllusion: When talking about [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Doug Ford]]'s open invitation to the public for his son-in-law's stag party, Gavin feigns surprise that panelist Mary Walsh wasn't personally invited, given how well she knows the Ford family. Back in 2012, one of Walsh's characters, [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Marg Delahunte, Warrior Princess]], had [[http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/22+Minutes/Clips/ID/2160573368/ an infamous run-in]] with Doug's brother, then-mayor of Toronto Rob Ford which resulted in Rob threatening to call the police on her.


''Because News'' is a half-hour [[Creator/{{CBC}} CBC Radio]] PanelGame hosted by [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Gavin Crawford]], and is arguably the first notable Canadian panel game of its kind since ''Front Page Challenge''.

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''Because News'' ''Radio/BecauseNews'' is a half-hour [[Creator/{{CBC}} CBC Radio]] PanelGame hosted by [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Gavin Crawford]], and is arguably the first notable Canadian panel game of its kind since ''Front Page Challenge''.


* '''Never Read the Comments''': Two members of the studio audience read [[PoesLaw actual comments on news articles]] [[{{GIFT}} from cbc.ca's website]], and the panelists must guess which story they're talking about.

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* '''Never Read the Comments''': Two members of the studio audience read [[PoesLaw actual comments on news articles]] [[{{GIFT}} from cbc.CBC.ca's website]], and the panelists must guess which story they're talking about.



Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].

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Contestants on the show have included the likes of [[CanadianMusic Jann Arden]], [[Creator/TheComedyNetwork Mike Bullard]], [[Music/GreatBigSea Alan Doyle]], [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]], [[Series/CornerGas Eric Peterson]] Peterson]], [[Series/KidsInTheHall Scott Thompson]] and [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Mary Walsh]].



* ActorAllusion: When talking about [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Doug Ford]]'s open invitation to the public for his son-in-law's stag party, Gavin feigns surprise that panelist Mary Walsh wasn't invited, given how well she knows the Ford family. Walsh, in-character as [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Marg Delahunte, Warrior Princess]], had [[http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/22+Minutes/Clips/ID/2160573368/ an infamous run-in]] with Doug's brother, then-mayor of Toronto Rob Ford in 2012 which resulted in Rob threatening to call the police on her.

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* ActorAllusion: When talking about [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics Doug Ford]]'s open invitation to the public for his son-in-law's stag party, Gavin feigns surprise that panelist Mary Walsh wasn't personally invited, given how well she knows the Ford family. Walsh, in-character as Back in 2012, one of Walsh's characters, [[Series/ThisHourHas22Minutes Marg Delahunte, Warrior Princess]], had [[http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/22+Minutes/Clips/ID/2160573368/ an infamous run-in]] with Doug's brother, then-mayor of Toronto Rob Ford in 2012 which resulted in Rob threatening to call the police on her.


* '''[[Website/{{Twitter}} #RageWorthy]]''': panelists discuss whether a particular controversial issue deserved the InternetBacklash it got.

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* '''[[Website/{{Twitter}} #RageWorthy]]''': panelists Panelists discuss whether a particular controversial issue deserved the InternetBacklash it got.

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