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CBC broadcaster Bob MacGregor dies

Longtime CBC reporter, host and announcer Bob MacGregor has died.

Longtime CBC reporter, host and announcer Bob MacGregor has died.  

MacGregor, who started his career at the public broadcaster in 1956, was a reporter, writer, host and producer in Toronto and Montreal during his 50-plus years in broadcasting.

Among his major assignments at the CBC was reporting from the 1973 Quebec election in which a pro-federalist Robert Bourassa faced off against the separatist René Levesque.

MacGregor would report on the dirty tricks and no-holds-barred name calling that would mark that campaign, which resulted in Bourassa winning a shocking landslide victory.

He also reported from Montreal's Expo 67.

For the past 10 years he was one of the announcers for the overnight hourly news.

MacGregor died of cancer Saturday afternoon in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., at age 74.

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