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Iconic Canadian CBC Host Peter Mansbridge Announces His Retirement

Long-time CBC staple Peter Mansbridge has announced he will step down from his position as chief correspondent of CBC News after a 28-year run.

His final broadcast will air on Canada Day, 2017 – the country’s 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 told viewers on air last night.

Image: CBC
Image: CBC

Since he was a fresh-faced 19-year-old getting his start at a CBC Radio Station in Churchill, Manitoba, the 68-year-old Mansbridge has conducted around 15,000 interviews and taken home 12 Gemini Awards.

In 2008, he was named an officer of the Order of Canada.

His career has come with highlights like anchoring all 10 federal elections since 1984, hosting eight Olympic ceremonies, and being named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame earlier this year.

In January, Mansbridge received three Canadian Screen Nominations for his work as a public broadcaster.

Image: Huffington Post
Image: Huffington Post

Earlier this year, he also received a lifetime achievement award by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Oh, and he also serves as the chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

One thing’s for sure: his face has been a living room staple for as long as most of us born and bred Canadian kids can remember.

So if anyone in broadcast journalism is looking for a job…

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