Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement after learning of the death of former CBC anchor Knowlton Nash:
“I was saddened today to learn of the death of Knowlton Nash, one of the icons of Canadian broadcast news.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends, including everyone at the CBC.
“Mr. Nash was a veteran newsman who spent 37 years with the CBC. During his time as anchor of The National, he became one of the country’s most trusted and respected broadcast journalists, delivering the news every night to thousands of Canadian homes with insight, warmth and integrity. To many, he was a household figure.
“Mr. Nash received many honours for his journalistic excellence, including Officer of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Ontario, the President's Award of the Radio and Television News Directors' Association (RTNDA), the John Drainie Award for distinguished contributions to broadcasting, and being named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame.
“Mr. Nash’s remarkable legacy includes the rich historical news archives he leaves behind, the many books he authored and the many journalists he helped to train. The nation mourns the loss of this iconic journalist.”