In addition to Mansbridge, "The National" utilizes many reporters, many of whom substitute for Mansbridge when he is away. Among them are Chief Political Correspondent Keith Boag, Mark Kelley, Brian Stewart, Diana Swain, Carole MacNeill, Heather Hiscox, Ian Hanomansing, and Wendy Mesley, to whom Mansbridge was married for three years. Commentator Rex Murphy appears each Thursday night to speak about a major issue of the week in "Point of View." And during the political season, Mansbridge hosts a panel discussion called "At Issue," featuring Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hebert, and Allan Gregg. Mansbridge will also anchor the show on the road, from cities like Ottawa, and once presented an edition from Alexandria, Egypt. Each newscast ends with a weather forecast for the following day from British meteorologist Claire Martin, who does her weather segments from the CBC News WeatherCentre in Vancouver.
"The National" went HD in Autumn 2007, becoming the first major Canadian newscast to do so, and is one of the few newscasts in the world that can be seen by a worldwide audience at its website, cbc.ca/national.