Mans­bridge en­joy­ing life — and work — af­ter The Na­tional


Peter Mans­bridge says he’s en­joy­ing the new pace of his life away from the CBC flag­ship news pro­gram The Na­tional, but he has no plans to give up work.

Af­ter ac­cept­ing the Cana­dian Screen Award for life­time achieve­ment on Sun­day, the for­mer an­chor said he’s got some projects in the works and pointed to the on­go­ing suc­cess of Cana­dian ac­tor Christo­pher Plum­mer, who re­cently earned his sec­ond Os­car nom­i­na­tion for All the Money in the World.

“I know I’ve al­ways looked at life­time achieve­ment awards as, ‘OK, that’s it, he’s done, we’re not go­ing to see them around again,’ right? Well, Plum­mer is a per­fect ex­am­ple of, ‘Don’t make that judg­ment,’” Mans­bridge said back­stage.

“Here he is a year later, nom­i­nated for an Os­car and he’s still work­ing hard. I’m not quite as old as Chris Plum­mer and I still feel I’ve got quite a few years ahead of me do­ing dif­fer­ent work.”

That work in­cludes free­lanc­ing on doc­u­men­tary projects for the CBC and some­thing with the Ger­man pub­lic broad­caster ZDF.

“We’re do­ing a co-pro to­gether,” Mans­bridge said of ZDF. “I can’t re­ally talk too much about it other than to say that it’s go­ing to be sig­nif­i­cant and it’ll be a pro­duc­tion that will be seen hope­fully around the world.”

Mans­bridge stepped down from his role as an­chor and chief cor­re­spon­dent last July af­ter nearly three decades with the pro­gram.

He ad­mit­ted that he doesn’t miss the daily rou­tine as much as he thought he would.

And he said he is watch­ing the new in­stal­ment of The Na­tional, hosted by Ian Hanomans­ing, Adri­enne Arse­nault, Rose­mary Bar­ton, and An­drew Chang.

“I’ll be hon­est, I’m not watch­ing The Na­tional as much as I used to watch The Na­tional, be­cause I’m on the road a lot. I do a lot of trav­el­ling. I do a lot of speeches,” Mans­bridge said.

It’s a chal­leng­ing time for jour­nal­ism with many things chang­ing, he added, not­ing con­sumers re­late to their news dif­fer­ently these days and con­sume less of it through tele­vi­sion.

“Every­body is try­ing to adapt and The Na­tional is no dif­fer­ent,” Mans­bridge said. “So it’s a much dif­fer­ent kind of show when I was there a year ago and it’ll be dif­fer­ent a year from now, be­cause they’re try­ing to adapt to a chang­ing land­scape, just like every­body is, just like print is.”

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