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George McLean passes away

Postby Shawndx » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:48 am

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/g ... -1.3501660

See the above CBC article on the passing of George McLean long time CBC reporter.
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Re: George McLean passes away

Postby jon » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:07 pm

Although not exclusively about George, this past thread talked a bit about him, including a link to his coverage of the Port Alberni tidal wave.

When I worked for the CBC from 1972-74, Allan McFee had already stopped doing his 1:00 pm (Pacific) national newscast on CBC-AM, so it was George McLean that I and many of my co-workers listened to, to hear and learn from the best News announcing on the air.

I last heard George when he was about 80, doing national spots for a hotel chain on Easy Rock Edmonton.

Here is the CBC article that Shawn refers to:

George McLean, longtime host of CBC's The National, dead at 92
Anchor focused on 'treating the viewer with respect'
CBC News
Posted: Mar 21, 2016 9:02 PM ET
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016 9:02 PM ET

George McLean, a longtime CBC News journalist and host of The National, has died in Toronto.

McLean was born in Brandon, Man., and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War before entering journalism.

He first worked at a small radio station in Kenora, Ont., before joining CBC in the 1950s. He would go on to host The National for nearly three decades.

McLean, known for his reliability and ability to stay calm in high-stress situations, would become one of the most recognizable faces, and voices, at CBC News. Before he retired, McLean marvelled at how audiences had begun treating him like a friend or family member.

In return, McLean said "treating the viewer with respect" was always his goal.

News, he said, should be presented "in as straightforward a manner as possible."

Knowlton Nash, another great CBC News host, said McLean gave audiences a feeling of comfort and calm. And most importantly: "The audience believes him."

McLean, who was 92, died last week in hospital in Toronto.
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Re: George McLean passes away

Postby jon » Thu Mar 24, 2016 4:05 pm

A little more on George's early career from this morning's Broadcast Dialogue Signoffs:
George McLean, 92, at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. The CBC-TV journalist began his on-air career at CJRL Kenora in 1946. Six years later, he moved to CKRC Winnipeg. Then to CKOK Penticton and then to CBC Television in 1956. He became known country-wide as the regular back-up for hosting national newscasts, including The National. McLean retired in 1986. HERE is a clip from his last broadcast.
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