CTV chief news anchor's away in 2011

Lloyd Robertson to step down in late 2011 after 35 years

TORONTO -- Top CTV news anchor Lloyd Robertson has decided to call it a day, in a year.

Robertson ended persistent speculation over his future by announcing Thursday night that he will step down in late 2011 after 35 years as host of "CTV National News."

Robertson, who has been in Canadian broadcasting for 58 years, will share anchor duties with his successor, who is to be unveiled by the CTV on Friday, over the next 12 months.

Robertson will then become co-host of the CTV's flagship current affairs series "W5," among other sideline duties.

The 76-year-old anchor in February denied persistent rumors about his pending retirement while covering the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

If the CTV doesn't look from within the network for its next chief news anchor, the speculation is former ABC news anchor Kevin Newman, who is to leave his anchor desk at the rival Global Television network in August, will succeed Robertson.
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