Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stanley Burke dead at 93

Television journalist and author Stanley Burke died Saturday at Kingston General Hospital. He was 93. Burke anchored CBC's The National News from 1966-1969 before it was re-branded as The National.
Before becoming an anchor, Burke worked as a foreign correspondent in many places including France. He became particularly passionate covering stories about the Biafran civil war in the late 1960s, a battle in Nigeria to fight the secession of Biafra as an independent state.
His outspokenness and criticism over the issue led to his resignation from CBC. He went on to launch a public campaign to bring a peaceful resolution to the fighting which had also provoked widespread death from famine and disease.
"He was so personally involved and wanted Canadians to understand that it's a whole other world out there that we should care about," said Peter Mansbridge, CBC's chief correspondent and host of The National.
CBC obit
Globe and Mail obit by Fred Langan

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