Canada's second favourite news anchor (after CTV anchor Lloyd Robertson), "Chief Correspondent" Peter Mansbridge took over as CBC Television's The National's primary new anchor in 1987 from Knowlton Nash. Prior to that he'd worked for 20 years as a CBC reporter, starting out at the local station in Churchill, Manitoba.

Peter has won several Gemini awards, including the Gordon Sinclair Award for Best Overall Broadcast Journalism. He married then-fellow CBC employee, theatre actress Cynthia Dale, on Prince Edward Island in 1988. This was his second marriage — he is ex-husband to fellow CBC employee, Wendy Mesley.

Mansbridge was often spoofed in the satirical Frank Magazine and by the Royal Canadian Air Farce comedy troop.

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