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Peter Mansbridge — the veteran CBC News anchor whose deep, authoritative voice has been informing Canadians of the day’s top stories, broadcasting into their living rooms each night for decades — is retiring as anchor of The National.
Mansbridge, 68, has announced that he plans to step down from the helm of CBC’s flagship show next summer, after anchoring special Canada Day coverage on July 1, when the country will mark its 150th birthday.
“As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy. But what’s important is that The National of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.”
Mansbridge’s storied career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of the desk as anchor and chief correspondent.
He has covered 14 federal elections, hosted eight Olympic ceremonies and conducted an estimated 15,000 interviews, sitting opposite countless Canadian and global leaders, along with numerous personalities from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment.
Mansbridge was introduced to journalism in an unconventional way when, at the age of 19, he was offered a job at the local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man., after the station manager heard his now-instantly recognizable voice come over the intercom at the airport.
“Over and over again, Peter has been the steady reference point in times of crisis. He’s been the face of CBC News through triumph and achievement, tragedy and national loss,” said Jennifer McGuire, the general manager and editor in chief of CBC News.
The recipient of 12 Gemini Awards, Mansbridge holds nine honorary doctorates and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. Earlier this year, he was named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame and was given a lifetime achievement award by the RTDNA.