Peter Mansbridge Bio, Age, Education, Family, Wife, Career, Salary, Twitter

Peter Mansbridge Biography

Peter Mansbridge is an English-born Canadian retired news anchor. From 1988 to 2017, he was the chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast. He was also the host of CBC News Network’s Mansbridge One on One. Mansbridge has received many awards and accolades for his journalistic work including an honorary doctorate from Mount Allison University where he served as chancellor until the end of 2017.

Peter Mansbridge Age

He was born on July 6, 1948, in London, England. Birthsign not available. As of 2019, he is currently 71 years old.

Peter Mansbridge Education

Mansbridge attended high school at the Glebe Collegiate Institute but dropped out before graduating.

Peter Mansbridge Family

He and his siblings Paul and Wendy were the children of Stanley Harry Mansbridge, D.F.C. (1918–2005), an RAF Wing Commander who worked as a civil servant in England, Malaya, and Canada; and Brenda Louise Mansbridge ( Harris-Jones, died 2008). His father received a D.F.C. for his service as a navigator aboard an Avro Lancaster bomber during World War II.


Peter Mansbridge Wife

Mansbridge has been married three times. His previous marriage to CBC colleague Wendy Mesley (January 6, 1989 – 1992) became regular tabloid fodder in Frank magazine as their marriage ended. He has been married to Canadian actress Cynthia Dale since November 14, 1998, and they have a son, William, born in 1999. Mansbridge has two daughters from the first marriage to Parm Dhillon, which ended in 1975. He lives in Stratford, Ontario with his family, and also has a summer cottage in the Gatineau Hills

Newscasting career

Mansbridge worked as a ticket agent for Transair at Churchill Airport in Churchill, Manitoba. In 1968, Mansbridge was discovered by Gaston Charpentier, a station manager for the local Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio station CHFC, when he heard Mansbridge making a flight announcement.

Charpentier hired the 19-year-old Mansbridge as the host of CHFC’s late-night music program. In 1971, Mansbridge moved to Winnipeg to continue as a reporter for the CBW radio station and in the next year, he joined CBWT-TV as a reporter.

Following a decade of political coverage, Mansbridge had become a substitute anchor for Knowlton Nash and in 1988, CBS offered him a job as a co-anchor for a morning show. To keep Mansbridge in Canada, Nash retired from his anchoring duties at the CBC.

Mansbridge was also the announcer of CBC News’ This Week In Parliament (1981–1993), which was hosted by colleague Don Newman; Mansbridge provided the voice-over for the opening, intro, and ending of the program.

On May 1, 1988, Mansbridge debuted as the sole anchor of The National. In 1992 he became co-anchor with Pamela Wallin of CBC Prime Time News, which replaced The Nationals CBC Television’s main network newscast; when the newscast reverted to the name The National in 1995, Mansbridge resumed his role as the program’s sole anchor.

Peter’s coverage of the blackout was notable because the normally clean-shaven Mansbridge had grown a beard during his summer hiatus (as he did every summer). Thus, Canadian viewers saw a bearded Peter Mansbridge reporting on the events of that day.

Peter has also anchored coverage of many world events, both in the studio and on the scene. He was on the air live when the 2003 invasion of Iraq began and anchored coverage of it.

Peter reported extensively from Normandy both 50 and then 60 years after D-Day and from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands for the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day. He also reported from the Netherlands for the sixtieth anniversary of V-E Day.

In 1999, he launched a new program, Mansbridge One on One, in which he interviews newsmakers.

Speaking fees controversy

In 2014 Mansbridge faced criticism for accepting speaking fees. Mansbridge defended himself saying he gave about 20 speeches each year, about half of them unpaid, and that he often donates part of the money to charity. However, he had recently made a paid speech at the Investment Symposium organized by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

A lobby group that promotes the pro-oil-sands-development side of the debate. Media critics felt accepting payment from an agency actively trying to influence public policy, even if it was only as a speaking fee, could be a conflict of interest.

Mansbridge was the second CBC employee discovered to be accepting money from outside agencies for speaking fees. Rex Murphy of CBC’s Cross Country Check-up was the first.

Nevertheless, the CBC reviewed its policies following the controversy. In 2016, anonymous insider sources from the CBC told CANADALAND that the CBC compensated Mansbridge for losing earnings from speaking fees; Mansbridge denies this claim.

Salary speculation

In 2011, Conservative Member of Parliament, Brent Rathgeber, had questions regarding the compensation of Peter Mansbridge and other CBC personalities.

While the CBC still releases a Compensation Report online, it does not include prior years; however, some screen captures of the 2014 compensation report were made available by media outlets.

In 2016, an anonymous source revealed CBC internal documents to CANADALAND’s Jesse Brown indicating that Peter Mansbridge’s salary, including additional remunerations on top of his base pay, was roughly $1.1 million per year for a number of years prior to 2014.

Retirement in 2017

Mansbridge stepped down from anchoring The National on July 1, 2017.

From October to December 2017, Mansbridge undertook a 17-stop cross-Canada storytelling tour.

Peter Mansbridge Net Worth/ Salary

He is still serving as chancellor of the University until 2017, and his salary is estimated to be around 80,000 dollars annually as for his net worth at around 10 million dollars.

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