CBC will air a series of news specials to commemorate lives lost on September 11, 2001 and provide perspective on one of the darkest days in modern history.

Smoke rises from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crashed into the towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)


Airs Saturday, September 11 at 6 pm (6:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem, and on CBC News Network at 7 pm AT (7:30 NT) – repeating at 9 pm (9:30 NT).

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Anthony Germain will host the CBC News special Connecting Through Gander, from Gander Airport’s iconic international lounge.

On September 11, 2001, two planes hit the World Trade Towers in New York City, in a series of deadly terror attacks that forever changed our world. That same day, 39 planes carrying between 6,000 and 7,000 airline passengers were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland.

The town of 10,000 people famously opened their hearts and homes to help stranded passengers from all over the world, an event that inspired the blockbuster musical Come From Away.

9/11: UNFINISHED BUSINESS with Peter Mansbridge
(60 minute special presentation, CBC News)

Premieres Friday, September 10 at 8 pm (8:30 NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem; repeats Saturday, September 11 at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on CBC News Network.

Twenty years after the worst terrorist attack in US history, one question remains: did the Saudi government help the hijackers? The families of 9/11 victims search for justice. Peter Mansbridge asks the questions and tracks down surprising new answers.

Exclusive Canadian premiere on CBC’s The Passionate Eye, Saturday, September 11 at 8 pm (8:30 NT) and the free CBC Gem streaming service.

The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 may be the defining historical event of the post-war era. But what was it like to actually live through that day, and how easy is it to move on from an event that society wants to go on remembering?

Twenty years on, SURVIVING 9/11 brings together 13 ordinary people who were caught up in an event they couldn’t fully comprehend at the time and are still trying to work through, even with the benefit of hindsight.

This deeply personal film is told from multiple perspectives — those of survivors, first responders and family members of victims. Blending powerful testimony from American and British interviews, and records from personal and public archives, the story of the day unfolds almost in real time.