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Matthew Halton remembered by colleagues

The Story


At the age of 52, Matthew Halton passes away following stomach surgery to remove an ulcer in London. In this CBC Radio report, his colleagues remember Halton as a passionate idealist, an eloquent chronicler, a mentor, family man, and a perfect host of deep sympathy. "He cared about human freedom, human dignity and the right to live a life in peace," CBC journalist Norman DePoe explains. "Because he cared, he made us care too."

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 10, 1956
Guest(s): Andrew Cowan, Norman DePoe, Richard Dimbleby, Don Fairbairn, Gilbert Harding, Charles Lynch, Rooney Peletier, George Rogers, Wynford E. Vaughan-Thomas
Host: J. Frank Willis
Duration: 22:16
Photo: National Archives PA 207726

Did You know?


• Over the course of his career, Matthew Halton covered the Spanish Civil War, the Russo-Finnish War, conflict in the Middle East and the Second World War.

• Halton received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) award in 1945. The award was created in 1917 to honour combatants and citizens, including foreigners, aiding in the war effort.

• Halton acted as the CBC's foreign correspondent in Europe until his death in 1956. He covered the Queen's coronation in 1953, describing the procession in vivid detail. His last assignment was covering the Suez Canal crisis.


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