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Frum's death shocks the nation

Broadcaster Barbara Frum pioneered a tough interview style on CBC Radio's As it Happens and later on CBC Television's The Journal. Whether she was talking to Nelson Mandela, Harold Ballard or the grower of the world's biggest cabbage, Frum's unrelenting curiosity, her fearless search for the truth, and her empathy and humour made her one of Canada's most important broadcasters.

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Barbara Frum died on March 26, 1992 at 12:25 a.m. at Toronto General Hospital. She was 54. The entire country mourns the sudden death of Canada's best-known broadcaster. Colleagues and fans express shock after they find out about her 18-year-old struggle with leukemia.
On the day of her death, some of Frum's closest friends join Morningside host Peter Gzowski for a moving tribute to an incredible woman, journalist and friend.

Gzowski is joined by author June Callwood, Gerry Caplan (co-chair of the task force on broadcasting policy), Peter Herrndorf (TV Ontario Chairman and former CBC colleague) and journalist Robert Fulford.
• June Callwood was one of a handful of friends who knew about Barbara Frum's cancer. Callwood remembered how when one doctor gave Frum just two years to live, she found another who gave her five to 10 years.
• Peter Herrndorf described Frum as a den mother to the entire nation.
• News of her death was the lead story of the day.
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: March 26, 1992
Guest(s): June Callwood, Gerald Caplan, Robert Fulford, Peter Herrndorf
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 29:43

Last updated: January 26, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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