VIDEO: Want to Host The National? Peter Mansbridge Reveals How at CBC Open House
May 16, 2013By Leah Collins
No red chairs, just real talk.
George Stroumboulopoulos interviewed Peter Mansbridge Thursday morning at the CBC's Toronto broadcast centre, the first discussion of the CBC's Open House, taking part May 16 - 19. And over the course of their conversation, Mansbridge shared anecdotes from his career, talked the fate of his beloved Maple Leafs and reflected on the state of journalism today.
"The root of good journalism is curiosity and the ability to tell stories. That's never changed and it's never going to change," said Mansbridge, who's spent 25 years as the anchor of The National, a post he says he dreamed of landing back in the infancy of his career.
"Think big," he told journalism students in the crowd. "You want my job? You want [Stromboulopoulos's] job? Believe you can get there. But start small."
After the interview, and after both Mansbridge and Strombo met with fans clamouring for photos and conversation, Stromboulopoulos revealed that Mansbridge has been sharing wisdom like that with him for years.
"Before I even started here [at the CBC], Peter was the guy I called for advice and I didn't even know him," Stroumboloupoulos told CBC Live. "I would never be here if it wasn't for Peter Mansbridge," he said.
But his graciousness isn't limited to guys who used to host The Punk Show. As Strombo noted, Mansbridge was equally thoughtful while taking fan questions during the Q&A.
At one point, a young woman asked him about how he handles the responsibility and influence afforded to him as the host of The National.
"Did you notice how long his answer was to that girl in the corner?" asked Strombo. "That. He takes the time to really share something with her. That's what my favourite part of this interview was." Watch George Stroumboulopoulos interview Peter Mansbridge: