CBC News legend Knowlton Nash dies

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      For many Canadians over the age of 40, Knowlton Nash will always be their most trusted news anchor.

      Nash was renowned for his trademark spectacles, graciousness, and intelligence while delivering the news on CBC TV.

      He died today at the age of 86.

      Nash anchored The National from 1978 to 1988 before retiring to make way for Peter Mansbridge. Before that, Nash spent many years in the trenches as a wireservice reporter, including a stint in Vancouver from 1949 to 1951, and as a foreign correspondent.

      He also made a living for many years as a freelancer working in the United States and also covering the Vietnam War.

      Nash wrote several books, including Trivia Pursuit: How Showbiz Values are Corrupting the News and Prime Time at Ten: Behind-the-Camera Battles of Canadian TV Journalism.

       He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease more than a decade ago.


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      Alan Layton

      May 26, 2014 at 8:06am

      What a shame. He seemed to exude integrity and you felt like you could trust him. The news was so much better back then and the reporting was more intelligent. Or at least it seemed that way. RIP Knowlton Nash.