Peter Mansbridge has announced his retirement.
Mansbridge announced Monday night that his last broadcast of ‘The National’ will be July 1st 2017 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,” 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.”
He has hosted ‘The National’ since 1988 when he replaced the retiring Knowlton Nash.
Mansbridge has covered every federal election since 1972 and anchored all 10 for CBC since 1984. His career began at the age of 19 when he was offered a job at a local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man.
He moved to Winnipeg as a radio reporter in 1971 before joining CBC Television in 1972.
Mansbridge was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 and is a 12-time Gemini Award winner.
Mansbridge, 68, was born in London, England, and now resides in Stratford, Ont.