Burman to end 35-year run at CBC


TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Tuesday announced that Tony Burman will step down as head of its news and current affairs division on July 13, ending a 35-year career at the public broadcaster.

Burman, most recently editor-in-chief of CBC News, Current Affairs and Newsworld since 2000, said in a statement that he was leaving his post for new frontiers.

"It has been a privilege to lead this wonderful operation during such an important and dynamic period," Burman said. "But this has been longer than I had planned. Change and renewal are at the core of the best journalism and I look forward to directing my energy and enthusiasm to new projects."

Between 1993 and 1998, Burman executive produced "The National," the CBC's flagship TV newscast. Before that, he worked in more than 30 countries as a news and documentary producer.

The Lebanese civil war, the Ethiopian famine in 1985 and the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa numbered among his assignments.