Peter Mansbridge announces retirement from The National

Peter Mansbridge announces retirement from The National
Longtime CBC anchor says Canada Day will be his last day
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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CBC hasn't had a good news reader since Lloyd Robertson.
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CBC hasn't had a good news reader since Lloyd Robertson.

Didn't Lloyd work at CTV?
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Didn't Lloyd work at CTV?

History doesn't start tomorrow.
From Wikipedia
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On the advice of one of his colleagues in Guelph, he auditioned to work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). After his audition was over, Robertson thought, "I'm never going to see this building again. [4] " Despite this, he got hired by the CBC, thanks to his rich baritone voice.
Robertson applied for CBWT-TV in Winnipeg , Manitoba in 1956, his first-ever TV job. [4] He mostly did local television until December 25, 1956, which was his first national broadcast. [4]
After four years in Winnipeg, Robertson auditioned for CBOT-TV in Ottawa , Ontario . After two years, he moved to Toronto to host CBC Weekend in the late 1960s, and later anchor of The National from 1970 to 1976, before joining the CTV Television Network in October that year. One of the reasons he left the CBC was his frustration at union regulations which confined news anchors to the role of announcer — prohibiting them from writing their own scripts or participating in editorial decisions concerning the news broadcast. [7]
personal touch
Love Peters voice
Will miss him
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Another Liberal News Caster on his way out, good riddance
He reads the scripts in front of him. I don't know why this is such a high paying job, it's ridiculous.
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Another Liberal News Caster on his way out, good riddance

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He reads the scripts in front of him. I don't know why this is such a high paying job, it's ridiculous.

this bastard would have been writing his own stuff. telling you what your opinion is.

probably was offered a senate seat by pm potato head.
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this bastard would have been writing his own stuff. telling you what your opinion is.

probably was offered a senate senate by pm potato head.

pm little potato head.
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Sort of like Hilary
No worries for Peter
He has reached to the highest
The world is his oyster
Curious Cdn
Out in Nova Scotia, the oyster is his world.
I will miss him,enjoy him very much.
Peter out? I feel faint

By Mike Strobel , Toronto Sun
First posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 06:09 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 06:25 PM EDT
You might be a Canadian, the joke goes, if you think Peter Mansbridge is sexy.
Well, swoon while you can.
The CBC lead anchor and chief hottie says he’ll hang up his spurs next Canada Day. That seems a ridiculously long lee time. Kings and queens usually give less notice.
But this is big. The country needs time to adjust its set. Mansbridge, 68, has been tucking CBC viewers into bed most nights since 1988.
That low, slow voice does indeed put me to sleep. But perhaps you have also noticed its effect on women.
“He’s dreamy,” a lady friend of mine named Boo once mused. “Whenever he says, ‘Good evening,’ my knees go all wobbly.”
Presumably, that sentiment was shared by the CBC’s Wendy Mesley and actress Cynthia Dale, both of whom married the guy.
Mansbridge’s sex appeal is one of myriad things I don’t understand about women. The comb-over phase of his career seemed especially unsavory.
I don’t know what it says about our country that Mansbridge is a sex symbol. At least he stayed, I suppose. Pam Anderson and Ryan Gosling went south to get sexy.
On the other hand, Mansbridge has given the rest of us old bald farts hope, though mostly false hope, and caused us to quiver our lower lip like him and to talk like Darth Vader.
Even Disney was smitten, casting him as Peter Moosebridge in Zootopia.
Maybe we don’t give women enough credit. Maybe they actually do favour brains and experience over a discernible chin and hair they can run their fingers through. Maybe they don’t care if you’re 68 and still suckling at the public teat.
“All politics and $$$ aside,” writes my Facebook friend Joanne McDougall, “he’s handsome, intelligent and humorous.”
OK. But, oh, hell, it probably is the money.
“Any future senator is hot,” chuckles Maria Al-Masani, my all-time favourite Miss Universe contestant, “Have you seen (their) pensions?”
Senator Mansbridge? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
July 1 is a lifetime away in media terms. It also happens to be Canada’s sesquicentennial. A cynic might think Mansbridge’s timing is a tad presumptuous, like Pierre and Margaret Trudeau having Justin on Christmas Day. Is Peter equating his career with the founding of the country?
On July 2, Canada will still be Canada. But what of the CBC? Who inherits Mansbridge’s anchor chair — and his heartthrob throne?
I’d rule out Jian Ghomeshi.
Evan Solomon must be smacking his own forehead. “If only, if only...”
If CBC has any balls, they’ll give it to crusty Neil Macdonald, my old rival on the night beat in Ottawa. Not that it should matter, Neil also is bald.
But Mother Corp is cojones-free. So you can forget about Eugene Levy graduating from Schitt’s Creek to the National, or Don Cherry from Coach’s Corner.
Seriously, the aforementioned Ms. Mesley will be in the mix. So, too, Diana Swain, Paul Hunter and Ian Hanomansing.
But none of them is Peter Mansbridge, whatever you think of Peter or the People’s Network.
Mansbridge has “always oozed sex appeal,” Bonnie L. Bonser-Nosworthy tells me via Facebook. “The voice, the intelligence, the demeanour.”
I feel faint. What will the country do without him?
Strobel’s column usually runs Monday to Thursday.
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ah, so long most trusted script reader...
personal touch
Peter has those small lips,but has some sex appeal,not sure what it is,must be the voice,have to think about it
When Peter was about 50, I told him to shave off the tuft of hair that just seemed to pop up from the middle of his head. "It's distracting." I told him."

He laughed and said that viewers didn't notice stuff like that. Strangely, it "fell out" a couple of months later.

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