I know this is kind of old news now, but I’m noting it anyway because seriously, Peter Mansbridge no longer hosting The National as of this coming July is a pretty big deal. Based on a lot of what I’ve read and heard this is going to be one of those retirements where you don’t actually pack up and leave, but it sure is going to be a different world once he’s not on TV every night. For most of my life he and Lloyd Robertson were national news in this country, and now they’re both pretty much done.
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.
“It’s been an amazing time to report our history, but I’ve decided that this year will be my last one,” Mansbridge told viewers Monday night.
“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.”