CBC’s Peter Mansbridge sets retirement date

The 68-year-old anchor of CBC’s flagship show The National will step down after Canada’s 150th birthday


TORONTO – Veteran CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge announced Monday night that his last day on The National will be next summer.

The network says Mansbridge will retire from the helm of its flagship news program after anchoring special Canada Day coverage next July 1, when the country will mark its 150th birthday.

Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of the desk as anchor and chief correspondent.

The CBC says 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, who is 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 became chief correspondent and anchor 16 years later, taking over from Knowlton Nash.

Mansbridge was born in London, England, and now resides in Stratford, Ont.

“As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy,” Mansbridge told viewers Monday night. “But what’s important is that ‘The National’ of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.”


CBC’s Peter Mansbridge sets retirement date

  1. A storied career.

    • You must be joking.
      I say, finally.
      When you look up boring in the dictionary etc.

      • Well he isn’t Fox news……which is why Canadians like him.

        • Not in style; but he’s the voice of the one per cent. Real cosy with Harper. Those suck up interviews were sickening.

          • Oh….never saw the interviews….haven’t watched TV in years

            The 1%…..what does that mean?

  2. It isn’t clear that “stepping down from the National” means retiring from the CBC. He may find a continuing role, as Lloyd Robertson has done at CTV or he may actually retire, perhaps, to write a memoir.

    His ‘retirement’ raises a question about news broadcasting; do any of us find our news from one source, on a nightly newscast from one man? The question was first asked when Walter Cronkite retired from CBS, though he was replaced by other individuals as the network tried to keep the idea of a ‘fatherly figure’ alive.

    In this case, Peter may be the last of the father figures to host the National. He may be replaced by several people, rather than one person in the anchor chair.

    Of course, Peter was always doing two things; he was delivering a nightly vision of Canada and the world to viewers but he was ‘selling’ the integrity of CBC news too, which may be far more difficult to do with new people taking turns in his chair.

    Most of us, I suspect, have acquired the habit of searching for news mixed with opinion, online, based on a belief that news broadcasters are biased and balancing bias is important for gleaning a clear understanding of events, or perhaps, we don’t trust any one person to tell us what happened anymore.

    Perhaps it’s a measure of our cynicism as much as it is a function of new technology.

  3. Good effing riddance.