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Peter Kent sets up CBC’s Africa bureau

The Story


"You like being away from home, don't you?" asks host Don Harron in this 1979 radio clip. His guest, CBC correspondent Peter Kent, admits he does enjoy working in faraway places. Kent has been working in troubled Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) recently, and is in the midst of setting up "the one-room office that will be grandly called CBC's Africa bureau." He describes the challenges of establishing the new bureau, and discusses some of the issues plaguing Africa in the 1970s. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Don Harron's Morningside
Broadcast Date: Jan. 2, 1979
Guest(s): Peter Kent
Host: Don Harron
Duration: 18:07

Did You know?


• Rhodesia became known as the Republic of Zimbabwe in 1980.
• Before going to Africa, Peter Kent had been anchor of The National, CBC's nightly news broadcast.
• Kent returned to Canada in 1982 to work on CBC's The Journal.
• In 1984, he went to work for the American network NBC, then came back to Canada in 1992 to work for Global News.


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