A statement from CBC on the death of legendary Canadian broadcaster Knowlton Nash

TORONTO, May 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The broadcasting world has lost a giant and the CBC has lost one of its most esteemed and admired colleagues.  Knowlton Nash passed away last night at the age of 86.  He was a pioneer in the industry who inspired a generation of journalists to aspire to the high standards he set for himself.

CBC's Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge followed in Nash's footsteps, assuming the anchor role for The National back in 1992.

"Knowlton was unquestionably a giant of Canadian journalism but he was so much more to so many.  To his colleagues he was a true friend and a valued mentor, and to Canadians he was family - he was their "Uncle" Knowlton".  He did it all -- a correspondent through a turbulent decade of the sixties, a manager as television news came of age, and an anchor when the CBC launched its flagship hour. He made all of us proud to be a part of his team," said Mansbridge.

Heather Conway, CBC's Executive Vice-President for English Services added, "While I never knew Knowlton personally, Iike most Canadians, I certainly knew him as the anchor of The National.  He had a remarkable career and we are deeply indebted for the contributions he made to CBC and the industry at large; what a legacy he leaves behind.  On behalf of the entire CBC family, I extend our deepest sympathies to Knowlton's family for their loss."

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CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

SOURCE: CBC English Services

For further information: Chuck Thompson, Head of Media Relations, CBC, 416-205-3747 or 416-509-3315, Chuck.Thompson@cbc.ca

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