In 1982, The Journal debuted on CBC Television. It aired nightly after The National. And was a vehicle for Barbara Frum, who died in March 1992 of leukemia. The program only lasted a few more months without her, the final telecast being October 30, 1992. Mark Starowicz was the main force behind The Journal, and Frum was a natural since Starowicz had created CBC Radio's As It Happens from where he drafted her.
In 2008, Oscar Peterson was scheduled to be honoured jointly by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, at the International Association for Jazz Education's annual conference in Toronto. But Peterson died, at age 82, on December 23, 2007.