Longtime CBC anchor says Canada Day will be his last day
THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Monday, September 05, 2016 10:59 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, September 05, 2016 11:47 PM EDT
TORONTO — After almost 30 years as anchor of CBC’s flagship news program, Peter Mansbridge will leave the The National next summer.
Mansbridge told viewers during Monday night’s broadcast that he will step down after anchoring the network’s Canada Day coverage next July 1, when the country will mark its 150th birthday.
“This next year will mark 30 years since I was named chief correspondent and anchor of the National ... a position that’s an honour and a privilege to occupy,” Mansbridge said.
“It’s been an amazing time to help chronicle our history, but I’ve decided that this year will be my last one.”
Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of The National as anchor and chief correspondent.
The network notes he has covered every federal election since 1972 and anchored all 10 since 1984. He has also hosted eight Olympic ceremonies, won 12 Gemini Awards and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.
Mansbridge, 68, began his career in journalism at the age of 19 when he was offered a job at a local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man., after the station manager heard his voice over the intercom at the airport.
He went on to help develop CBC Radio’s news service for Northern Canada before moving to Winnipeg as a radio reporter in 1971 and then joining CBC Television in 1972.
Mansbridge, who was born in London, England and lives in Stratford, Ont., became chief correspondent and anchor 16 years later, taking over from Knowlton Nash.
“As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy,” Mansbridge told viewers. “But what’s important is that ’The National’ of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.”
“There will be more to say about the future in the days to come, but now it’s time to focus on the new season and here at the National we will be doing just that.”
Earlier this year, Mansbridge was named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame and was given a lifetime achievement award by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
Five things about Peter Mansbridge
Here are five things about Peter Mansbridge, who announced Monday night that he will retire as anchor of the CBC News flagship program The National next summer.
1. Born in London, England in 1948, Mansbridge began his radio career in 1968 in Churchill, Man., where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada.
2. Mansbridge joined CBC Radio in Winnipeg as a reporter in 1971 and joined CBC Television the following year. He became The National’s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, joined the network’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa in 1976 and became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.
3. Mansbridge, who has covered every federal election since 1972 and has anchored all 10 since 1984, remains the only Canadian journalist to interview both U.S. President Barack Obama and former British Prime Minister David Cameron.
4. Mansbridge has won 13 awards for excellence, is an officer of the Order of Canada and has nine honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities and one in the United States. He was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 2009 and named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame earlier this year.
5. He has hosted eight Olympic Opening Ceremonies (Seoul in 1988, Albertville in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Sochi in 2014 and Rio in 2016).
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