CTV's Lloyd Robertson Steps Down as Longest-Serving Television News Anchor


After 35 years behind the desk, the Canadian broadcaster has outlasted Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings.

Ending his reign as North America’s longest-serving evening news anchor in history, Lloyd Robertson stepped down from his post at CTV on Thursday, Sept. 1.

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The former chief news anchor and senior editor for the CTV National News announced his retirement after 35-years behind the desk. TV Newser reports that Robertson signed off from his final broadcast with his signature line: “And that’s the kind of day it’s been.”

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The 77-year-old began his career in radio in 1952. He expanded to television a few years later, serving as host for the CBC Weekend in the late 1960s. Robertson joined CTV in late 1976, after six years as the anchor of The National. After more than 60 years in the business, Robertson outlasted U.S. broadcasting legends including the late Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings.

In July of 2010, Robertson announced that he would retire on Sept. 1, 2011. He will reportedly continue hosting CTV’s news magazine series, W5, while Lisa LaFlamme will take over the anchor chair on Monday.