Tony Burman to step down as CBC's chief journalist
Tony Burman, editor in chief of CBC's English-language news, current affairs and Newsworld divisions, announced Tuesday that he is leaving after nearly 35 years with the public broadcaster.
"As CBC's editor in chief, I have done this job longer than I had planned, longer than anyone else at the CBC in decades and as long as any single individual should. It's time for a change … and I really look forward to directing my energy, my enthusiasm and my ideas to new projects," Burman said in his note.
Burman was named the broadcaster's top journalist — editor in chief of CBC's English services — in March 2002, about two years after he began heading up all of CBC-TV's news and current affairs programming.
Over the past three decades, Burman has held posts in both CBC-TV and CBC Radio, including stints as executive producer of flagship TV news show The National, senior documentary producer for CBC-TV's The Journal and executive producer of Cross Country Checkup. As a news and documentary producer, he covered a variety of major stories across 30 countries, including the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the Ethiopian famine in 1985 and the Lebanese Civil War.
In a statement, CBC Radio vice-president Jane Chalmers praised Burman as "a brilliant journalist, a dedicated advocate of public broadcasting and a true leader."
"Much of what CBC News, particularly CBC Newsworld and television news, is today is the result of his vision and leadership. CBC News and the corporation as a whole owe him an enormous debt of gratitude," she added.
A search for Burman's replacement will begin immediately, while his current deputy, Esther Enkin, will serve as acting editor in chief.
"Tony leaves big shoes to fill," said CBC-TV executive vice-president Richard Stursberg.
"We will be pushing forward with our overall news renewal that will reinforce CBC News as a leader in Canadian journalism."