Hearing their familiar voices together and in person is something, alright.
At the top of last night's Gemini Awards Industry Gala, chief CBC news correspondent Peter Mansbridge
presented Lloyd Robertson
, chief anchor of the CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson,
with the Gordon Sinclair
award for broadcast journalism, just two days before his retirement.
On Thursday, Lloyd will make his final newscast. But tonight, he had to get to work.
Before heading out to do his signature 11 p.m. news broadcast, however, Lloyd joined Peter in the media room. First, I asked Peter what his relationship with Lloyd has meant to him.
"Listen, when I started," Peter said, "Lloyd was actually at CBC then. And the first big live show I did with CBC was 1970. Lloyd was the anchor and I was the reporter covering the royal tour. And that was a huge throw for me. That was the first time I got to meet him and we've been friends and colleagues ever since. And being able to be here tonight to mark this special award for him is a real treat. I mean, he's a hell of a guy."
At this point Lloyd joined Peter and everyone present gathered to hear more. Peter:
Within a few years, Lloyd was anchoring The National
and I was a reporter out in Manitoba and then Saskatchewan.
And then Ottawa. So, you know, we've been friends for a long time.
Oh, we go back a long time.Peter
: He's given me lots of good advice over the years and just watching him is advice for all of us. Lloyd:
And I think he's followed it pretty well!
When asked what his favorite moment of Lloyd's has been, Peter joked, "Well, listen, his best years were definitely the ones at the CBC."
"I'm not gonna get into that," Lloyd laughed along. Then continued...Lloyd:
I knew, automatically, the moment he opened his mouth, I thought, "This is a kid who's gonna go someplace."...Peter has established his own style and he's very, very successful at it. Peter:
That's one of the key lessons he's taught all of us, you know - be yourself. Lloyd:
Yeah, you can't be anybody else. And people who have tried fail at it because after a while, the audience catches on.
It's a lesson Lloyd says he learned from Gordon Sinclair himself. In his acceptance speech for the award, which rewards outstanding contribution in broadcast journalism, Lloyd quoted Gordon's advice: "Don't worry about your detractors, they'll always be around."
CTV will air the documentary Lloyd Robertson - And That's the Kind of Life it's Been
on the night of his last broadcast.
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- he just joined after this summer's Royal Wedding.