Knowlton Nash, a veteran CBC broadcaster best known as long-time anchor of The National, is dead. He was 86.
The veteran journalist had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for years.
Nash, who had a 37-year career with Canada’s public broadcaster, including spending a decade behind the anchor desk of The National, CBC’s flagship news program.
From 1969 to 1978, when he became anchor of The National, he was director of news and current affairs for the English network of the CBC.
It was under his guidance that The National moved to a then-unheard-of 10 p.m. time and was paired with his risky creation, The Journal.
The National/Journal hour became a jewel in the network’s crown until anchor Barbara Frum’s death in 1992 brought the Journal to a halt and CBC executives took another gamble with the creation of a 9 p.m. news show, Prime Time News.
Born Nov. 18, 1927, Nash was the son of a promotions manager. His mother, 20 years his father’s junior, was the first woman to fly over Hamilton, he once bragged in an interview.
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