Off the Record

Off the Record


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Peter Mansbridge invites us to walk the beat with him in this entertaining and revealing look into his life and career, from his early broadcasting days in the remote northern Manitoba community of Churchill to the fast-paced news desk of CBC’s flagship show, The National, where he reported on stories from around the world.

Today, Peter Mansbridge is often recognized for his distinctive deep voice, which calmly delivered the news for over fifty years. But ironically, he never considered becoming a broadcaster. In some ways, though, Peter was prepared for a life as a newscaster from an early age. Every night around the dinner table, his family would debate the news of the day, from Cold War scandals and Vietnam to Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

So in 1968, when by chance a CBC radio manager in Churchill, Manitoba, offered him a spot hosting the local late night music program, Peter embraced the opportunity. Without a teacher, he tuned into broadcasts from across Canada, the US, and the UK to learn the basic skills of a journalist and he eventually parlayed his position into his first news job. Less than twenty years later, he became the chief correspondent and anchor of The National.

With humour and heart, Peter shares never-before-told stories from his distinguished career, including reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the horror of 9/11, walking the beaches of Normandy with Tom Brokaw, and talking with Canadian prime ministers from John Diefenbaker to Justin Trudeau. But it’s far from all serious. Peter also writes about finding the “cure” for baldness in China and landing the role of Peter Moosebridge in Disney’s Zootopia. From the first (and only) time he was late to broadcast to his poignant interview with the late Gord Downie, these are the moments that have stuck with him.

After years of interviewing others, Peter turns the lens on himself and takes us behind the scenes of his life on the frontlines of journalism as he reflects on the toll of being in the spotlight, the importance of diversity in the newsroom, the role of the media then and now, and the responsibilities we all bear as citizens in an increasingly global world.

Title:Off the Record
Edition Language:English
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    Off the Record Reviews

  • Brandon

    Off The Record is the memoir of retired journalist and news anchor Peter Mansbridge.Last year, I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Peter Mansbridge’s book, Extraordinary Canadians, a l...

  • Nancy

    Really enjoyed his insights into many national and international events and the participants that occurred prior and during his long career....

  • Teddy

    I moved to Canada from the U.S.A. in January 1993.  First on a work visa, then as a landed Immigrant, and eventually became a citizen. I first learned about Canadian politics from Peter Mansbridge, C...

  • Eileen Mackintosh

    Love that this is a book of short chapters. Easy to read in spurts. Well written with some humour. Really interesting behind the scenes stories of a tv newscaster life. #indigoemployee...

  • Colleen

    Canadian icon Peter Mansbridge writes about his life and how he came to be a journalist and ended up being one of the most well-known and trusted people in Canada. I like the way he told his story: sh...

  • Amy

    A mildly interesting set of vignettes about Mansbridge's career in broadcasting. The stories were brief, and didn't have much depth. Also didn't go much into his personal life, which was really what I...

  • Teena in Toronto

    Peter Mansbridge was born in England and moved to Ottawa, ON, with his family when he was young. He didn't graduated from high school and instead joined the Royal Canadian for a couple years. Looking ...

  • Chris

    I had spent a lot of time reading fiction and was ready for some non-fiction. This book didn’t disappoint. I always knew “of” Peter Mansbridge. I would watch him on election night. I would catch...

  • Paul Juniper

    Very readable vignettes. Some funny moments. Gossipy and light. Recommended....

  • Meaghan Babin

    Peter Mansbridge is kind of an icon in my and I'm sure everyone else's household. He's a bit like Tim Hortons and poutine and as a kid/young adult and eventually adult hearing the dun-dun-dun chime of...