Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday June 29, 2017
Peter Mansbridge plans quiet exit from ‘The National’
Peter Mansbridge doesn’t want to make a fuss about leaving the anchor’s chair at CBC’s The National.
Nearly a year after telling viewers he planned to retire from the public broadcaster’s flagship program, the 68-year-old newsman who defined an era at CBC News plans to sign-off for the final time with little fanfare.
“Don’t expect much,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve never wanted it to be about me, this program.”
As Canada’s 150th celebration nears on Saturday, so does Mansbridge’s chosen date to say goodbye. The procession begins Wednesday night when he delivers his final broadcast of The National from the CBC’s Toronto studio.
Carole MacNeil helms Thursday’s show, which will pay tribute to Mansbridge’s 50-year career, including almost 30 years as The National anchor. He’ll then return to the newscast one last time on Friday from Ottawa, before leading the CBC’s Canada Day broadcast at Parliament Hill.
“I’ve always taken most of the summer off anyway, so it seemed like a good exit point,” he said.
Mansbridge’s storied journalism career was launched at 19 thanks to a stroke of luck. He was plucked from an airport cargo job in Churchill, Man., after a CBC Radio manager heard his broadcast-ready voice over an intercom system. (Source: Global News)