As Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV News, Lloyd Robertson was the leader of the country's most-watched national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.
After 60 years in broadcasting and 35 years at CTV, Robertson signed off for the last time on Thursday, September 1 at 11 p.m. on CTV. He returned to the air in an expanded role as host of the documentary series W5 and also be working on other projects for CTV News.
One of the most accomplished journalists in North America, Robertson has been broadcasting for more than 50 years. Robertson joined CTV in 1976, and held the title of CTV's Chief Anchor and Senior Editor since 1983. Throughout his illustrious career, Robertson has guided Canadians through some of the most significant events in recent history. In 1998, Robertson became a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2007, was the first journalist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Widely known for his baritone delivery and for his iconic signoff line, "And that's the kind of day it's been," Robertson announced on July 8, 2010 that he would vacate his anchor chair in 2011 after 35 years at CTV News. Robertson began his broadcasting career in 1952 at CJCS radio in his hometown of Stratford and then joined CJOY in Guelph in 1953.
After moving into television in 1954 with CBC in Windsor, Robertson spent four years (1956-'60) in Winnipeg and two years in Ottawa (1960-'62). He went on to anchor CBC's national news from 1970 to 1976.
Beloved by Canadians, Robertson has been voted Canada's most trusted news anchor by TV Guide readers 11 times in a row, and Canada's favourite news anchor by readers of TV Times, the Toronto Sun and NOW Magazine. "He's natural and authentic," says Craig Oliver, a close friend and Chief Political Correspondent at CTV. "He represents milestones in people's lives." A veteran of live-news coverage, Robertson has reported on some of the most memorable events such as 9/11, the Quebec Referendum, 14 Canadian elections and numerous U.S. elections, the Gulf War, budget specials, political and economic summits, the 50th anniversary of D-Day, nine Olympic Games, royal weddings, Expo ‘86, openings of Parliament, state funerals, papal visits, and the Terry Fox Run.
Of all the news stories to unfold during Robertson's tenure, the hardest was covering the tumultuous events of 9/11. "As the horrifying images and stories of 9/11 emerged, Canadians turned to Lloyd for news they could trust," said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. "Lloyd's experience, attention to detail, and adherence to journalistic conventions remained steadfast on one of the darkest days in American history. On this day, as on all news days, viewers look to Lloyd to make sense of the inexplicable, to calmly frame the events through a lens of analysis and objectivity, and to bring reassurance in the face of incredible human tragedy and crisis. It's a gift – his ability to tell the story no matter the difficulty, separating fact from fiction, assembling the details in a way we can all understand, and to serve viewers with honest and integrity. Each night, Lloyd shares his gift with Canadians who in turn, remain loyal to this incredible newsman."
“And what to make of the ageless Lloyd Roberston? The dean of Canadian news anchors, Robertson has appeared rejuvenated and re-energized by these Games.” Canwest News Service, Feb 19, 2010 (Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games)
With five decades of reporting the news under his belt, Robertson approaches every day, every story with a fresh eye, a natural curiosity, and most of all a passion for connecting with Canadians. In 2010, Robertson covered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. "From the moment the torch touched Canadian soil, to the closing ceremonies of the Games, I felt an outpouring of national spirit that I haven't experienced since the Centennial celebrations of 1967," said Robertson. "Vancouver 2010 marks the ninth time I have covered the Olympic Games, but this experience was something brand new, and is one of the most memorable events I have covered. I am honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to be part of this moment that united our country in a deep sense of patriotism and national pride. Canada and Canadians illustrated that we are quite comfortable being the star of the show. Each day, sharing so many inspiring stories about athletes – and Canadians that rallied non-stop throughout the Games – rekindled my excitement to share in this historic moment, while experiencing it all first-hand."
Robertson always finds the right place to go, the right angle, the right kernel of information to impart. On-air and under pressure, he has the ability to take in a huge volume of information and remain focused. Craig Oliver says, "Live television is an art. And Lloyd is a master at it." The accolades tell the story.
In 2007, Robertson was the first journalist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Canada's Walk of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of Canadians who have excelled on the national or international stage in the areas of the arts, entertainment, and sports. The recognition signifies the bond Robertson has built amongst Canadians, who turn to him time and time again to alert and inform in times of crisis, change and celebration. Robertson's success in Canada has also played a pivotal role in establishing the excellent reputation Canadian journalists have throughout the world
Robertson was awarded the Order of Canada in February 1998. "I regard the Order of Canada as a personal as well as a professional award, because they judge you on your lifetime contribution to your profession, yes, but also how you've used your public profile for the good of others," Robertson says. "I believe that if you have a public profile – and you can do some good – that's your responsibility as a good citizen."
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. In1995/96 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.
A strong supporter of multiple charities Robertson participates every year in The Hospital for Sick Children's Telethon.
Visit ctv.ca/lloyd to access highlights from his career
Television Experience and Career Highlights:
- Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism, 2011
- First Journalist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, 2007
- Awarded Honourary Degree from Royal Roads University, 2006
- Honoured with the Canadian Association of New York's Arts and Letters Award, October 2006
- Awarded the Order of Canada, February 1998
- Inducted into Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, 1998
- Voted Most Trusted TV Journalist by the readers of TV Guide for a record 11 times; voted Best Anchor twice
- Voted Canada's Favourite News Anchor in the first two annual TV Times Readers' Choice Awards, 1998 and 1999
- Three-time Gemini winner as "Best Host, Anchor or Interviewer" in 1992, 1994 and 1997
- 1995/96 Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Gold Ribbon Award winner for Broadcast Excellence
- Honoured in 1993 with the Radio Television News Directors' Association (RTNDA) President's Award
- Voted Favourite TV Anchor in NOW Magazine's first Reader Poll
- Recipient of the Toronto Sun 1994 Reader's Voice Award for Favourite TV Anchor
- Named Broadcaster of the Year in 1992 by the Central Canadian Broadcasters Association
- 1988 Gemini Award nominee for Best Coverage of a Special Event for Decision '88
- Appointed Honorary Chairperson of the 1992 Terry Fox Run