Peter Mansbridge Biography
Peter Mansbridge OC , is an English-born Canadian retired news Mansbridge was born on July 6, 1948, in London, England. He and his siblings Paul and Wendy were the children of Stanley Harry Mansbridge, D.F.C.between 1918–2005, an RAF Wing Commander who worked as a civil servant in England, Malaya, and Canada; and Brenda Louise Mansbridge .
His father received a D.F.C. for his service as a navigator aboard an Avro Lancaster bomber during World War II. After moving to Ottawa, Ontario, Peter attended high school at the Glebe Collegiate Institute, but dropped out before graduating. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966 and 1967.
Peter Mansbridge Retirement
Peter Mansbridge ended his run as CBC’s main anchor Saturday saying he wasn’t a “fan of long goodbyes”, but was a “fan of long thank yous.”
“I thank the people that I work with,” Mansbridge said as he wrapped up CBC’s coverage of Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa on Saturday.
“I have been extremely lucky over all this time to have worked in this place,” he said. “It has been just a fabulous experience.”
Earlier in the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by where Mansbridge was broadcasting in Ottawa and paid tribute to the veteran anchor.
“Thank you for being a steady hand and a steady voice for us always through the years, we’re going to miss you,” Trudeau told Mansbridge.
Mansbridge anchored CBC’s “The National” for the final time Friday, saying it has been “quite the ride.”
“Thanks for watching all these years, it’s been quite the ride for me, but always a privilege to be a part of bringing the national story home to you from wherever that story may be,” said Mansbridge at the end of the hour-long show. “I can only hope you found it worthwhile, too. Goodbye.”
Mansbridge, 68, said in an interview this week that he didn’t intend to make a big fuss of his last appearance on the flagship newscast as anchor.
Mansbridge revealed his retirement plans last year. The CBC has not yet indicated how it will replace him.
The network ran a tribute to Mansbridge’s 50-year career in a segment broadcast on Thursday’s “The National” and has been paying tribute to him in some of its other programs during the past week.
Peter Mansbridge Wife
Peter Mansbridge has been married three times in his life. His first wife was Parm Dhillon. Their marriage date is unknown. The couple together had two daughters named Pamela Mansbridge and Jennifer Mansbridge. Their marriage ended in 1975. After that, he married his second wife, CBC colleague Wendy Mesley.
The couple got married on 1989 and divorced in 1992. He is currently married to Canadian actress Cynthia Dale. The couple got married on November 14, 1998. They together have a son named Will Mansbridge. Peter currently lives in Stratford, Ontario with his family. Peter and Dale have been married for over 18 years now and their relationship is going very well.
Peter Mansbridge Age
Mansbridge was born on July 6, 1948.
CBC Peter Mansbridge
During his time at CBC, Mansbridge has anchored CBC News coverage of major Canadian and international events, from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to 13 Olympic Games, 34 Canada Day celebrations, 12 Remembrance Day ceremonies, four D-Day anniversaries, every visit by the Queen since 1970, three Royal weddings and two Royal funerals.
He has covered every federal election since 1972 and anchored all ten since 1984. He has conducted an estimated 15,000 interviews, including Canadian and global leaders. Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Fort Churchill, Manitoba, where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television.
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He became The National’s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975 and was named one of the program’s parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa in 1976 before being appointed chief correspondent and anchor in 1988. During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received multiple national awards for excellence in broadcast journalism.
He has received a dozen honorary degrees from universities across the country and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008, Mansbridge was also inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame and awarded a lifetime achievement honour by the RTDNA.
Who Will Replace Peter Mansbridge
CBC’s flagship nightly news program The National will have a new look, a new way of telling stories across the country and a smattering of familiar faces handling hosting duties when it relaunches on Nov. 6.
The public broadcaster revealed Tuesday the four journalists who will replace former host Peter Mansbridge as anchor: CBC veterans Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing in Toronto, Rosemary Barton based in Ottawa and relative newcomer Andrew Chang hosting from Vancouver.
Three of them—Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, and Andrew Chang—have worked in Vancouver, which might make upcoming editions of The National a little less Ontario-centric. The fourth, Rosemary Barton, has most recently been host of Power & Politics.
Hanomansing has the most experience as an anchor as the host of a network current affairs show and previously as a coanchor of the Vancouver CBC newscast. He has a law degree and moved to Vancouver in the late 1980s to work as a reporter in the local newsroom.
Arsenault has also been based in the Vancouver CBC TV newsroom in the past. She eventually became a senior correspondent and has distinguished herself with her coverage of ISIS, the Ebola crisis in Africa, and an election in Zimbabwe, among other issues. She’ll remain based in Toronto.
Chang moved to Vancouver in 2014 to host the local CBC TV news and he’ll anchor the national news from here, too. He previously hosted CBC News Montreal and spent 10 years working in Quebec.
Barton, a former parliamentary reporter, replaced Evan Solomon as the host of Power & Politics in 2015. Previously a legislative reporter at Quebec’s National Assembly, she has a degree in French literature and is fluently bilingual in Canada’s two official languages. She’ll host the national news from Ottawa.
Under CBC’s new approach, each of the anchors will take turns reporting from the field.
“I didn’t want four different versions of the same person,” Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief for CBC News, says on the CBC website. “The four that we’ve chosen are quite different and they bring different skills to the program.”
Four hosts addresses one of McGuire’s major challenges: how do you bring a sense of renewal without risking the credibility of the brand.
In the past, CBC has invested big sums in making stars out of certain broadcasters—such as Jian Ghomeshi, Solomon, Rex Murphy, and Amanda Lang—who subsequently became the source of controversy over their off-air activities.
Ghomeshi was charged and later acquitted of sexual assault. Solomon was fired after negotiating art deals with guests on his program. Murphy took speaking fees from the petroleum sector. And Lang got involved in CBC’s coverage of a Royal Bank controversy while dating one of the bank’s directors.
By appointing four anchors, McGuire can easily dump any one of them should they find themselves the subject of unflattering stories in other media outlets. And the show will still go on.
Peter Mansbridge Net Worth
He gets over $1.1 million per year and a pension of over $500,000 from the CBC for the rest of his life.