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Featured Stories: December 2013 Archives

Remembering Bill Jessome

Phonse Jessome

Posted by Robert Doublett

Bill Jessome, a well-known Maritime broadcaster and one of the pioneer voices in Nova Scotia television, has died at the age of 88.

In a statement, his family says Jessome died Monday night in Halifax following a distinguished career as a journalist and television host.

Jessome was born in Sydney, N.S., on Jan. 11, 1925 and grew up in the neighbourhood of Whitney Pier before serving overseas in the Italian Campaign of the Second World War....

As a journalist, Jessome worked in Boston before taking on the role as evening anchor at CJCB television in Cape Breton, which eventually became part of ATV and then CTV.

Jessome, who was also an actor, hosted the Maritime Mysteries series and for many years was the face of the annual Cape Breton broadcast of the CTV Christmas Daddies Telethon.
He also had a passion for news documentaries that explored the province's roots, and authored several books on supernatural Maritime history.

Jessome was honoured this year with a lifetime achievement award from RTDNA Canada, which described him as one of the best-known local TV news anchors in Cape Breton and a founding figure of Maritime television.

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Honour Bestowed on the Gaelic College

Alex Morrison

Posted by Robert Doublett

Alex Morrison, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Gaelic College - Neachcathrach, Bord-stiuiridh, Colaisde na Gàidhlig, today announced that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, has honoured the Gaelic College in this its 75th anniversary year.

"It is with the greatest degree of gratitude and pride that I announce that Her Majesty The Queen has graciously agreed to honour Colaisde na Gàidhlig - The Gaelic College, located in St. Ann's Nova Scotia with the prefix "Royal." Effective immediately, Colaisde na Gàidhlig - The Gaelic College will be styled The Royal Cape Breton Gaelic College.

The prefix Royal can only be granted by Her Majesty given that it is a personal prerogative of the Sovereign. It is awarded based on significant contribution to the betterment of Canada and Canadian society. The criteria and actual process are administered by Government House in Ottawa in concert with Buckingham Palace.

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