Canadian News Icon Lloyd Robertson Signs Off Sept. 1 on CTV
Published Monday, August 29, 2011 11:43AM EDT
Toronto, ON (August 4, 2011) – After 60 years in broadcasting – and 35 years at CTV – Canada's most-trusted news anchor Lloyd Robertson signs off for the last time at the end of his final broadcast on Thursday, September 1 at 11 p.m. on CTV, it was confirmed today. Robertson vacates his role as Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of the country's most-watched newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, while continuing on at CTV in a variety of roles, including as Host and Chief Correspondent of the documentary series W5.
In the hour leading up to Robertson's final newscast, CTV airs LLOYD ROBERTSON – AND THAT'S THE KIND OF LIFE IT'S BEEN, a new, original one-hour documentary directed by Robertson's filmmaker daughter Lisa. The documentary premieres Thursday, September 1 at 10 p.m. local time, scheduled across Canada to immediately precede Robertson's final newscast in all markets on CTV.
The documentary offers a unique and personal glimpse into the life of one of Canada's most treasured icons, uncovering this Stratford, Ontario boy's humble beginnings and his rise to recognition as "Canada's most-trusted news anchor." Robertson's wife and four daughters, his closest high school pals, and friends such as CTV's Craig Oliver and former television journalist, the Hon. Pamela Wallin, share reflections and stories about Robertson in the documentary. Encore presentations of the documentary air Saturday, September 3 at 7 p.m. local time in all markets and Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV.
In the weeks leading up to his final newscast, viewers across Canada have an opportunity to pay tribute to Robertson on the dedicated, interactive website, CTV.ca/Lloyd, which goes live today. There, viewers can send in written comments, upload video and photos, and send personal messages to Robertson, while accessing highlights of his storied career.
"There is only one Lloyd Robertson, and we are all grateful for his trusted storytelling of the events that have shaped us both at home and abroad," said Wendy Freeman, President CTV News. "He has an enviable gift to provide context, no matter how difficult the subject matter, with honesty, integrity and objectivity. We are so thankful to Lloyd for sharing this gift each and every night for the Canadians who, in turn, have remained loyal to this incredible newsman."
"I am honoured and humbled to have had the opportunity to be welcomed into the homes and lives of Canadians for so many years," said Robertson. "And I am not going anywhere just yet! This is just a new chapter in a career that I feel so fortunate to have had. After almost 60 years in this business, I still pinch myself every now and again. I've witnessed some of the most historic events on the planet and had the opportunity to share my experiences with the people of this country."
With five decades of news reporting under his belt, Robertson has reported on some of the most memorable events in our recent history, including 9/11, the Quebec Referendum, the Marathon of Hope, Expo '86, the Gulf War, the 50th anniversary of D-Day, 14 Canadian elections and numerous U.S. elections, nine Olympic Games, various royal weddings, countless federal budgets, political and economic summits, and endless openings of Parliament, state funerals, and papal visits.
During the week leading up to Robertson's final newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS airs a series of the most memorable news stories that Robertson covered during his tenure.
Robertson was awarded the Order of Canada in February 1998, and in 2007, became the first journalist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Additionally, Robertson's success in Canada has played a pivotal role in establishing the excellent reputation Canadian journalists have throughout the world. In 1998, Robertson was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was honoured in 1993 with the prestigious Radio Television News Directors' Association (RTNDA) President's Award. He won Gemini Awards in 1992, 1994 and 1997, and was a multiple nominee for Best Anchor/Interviewer in 2001. In 1995/96, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters awarded Robertson the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence and in 1998 inducted him into the CAB Hall of Fame.
CTV News is Canada's most-watched news organization both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN – Business News Network, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, CANADA AM, W5, POWER PLAY and QUESTION PERIOD. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the number-one news organization in Canada.
CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.
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