Michael Enright (broadcaster)
Enright first joined CBC radio in 1974 as host of This Country in the Morning for one year. He was then a print journalist for Time, Maclean's, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. He subsequently returned to CBC, becoming managing editor of CBC radio news in 1985, and then became cohost of As It Happens in 1987. He cohosted that program with Alan Maitland until 1993, and with Barbara Budd until 1997.
In a May 10, 1997 article in The Globe and Mail, Enright referred to the Roman Catholic Church as "the greatest criminal organization outside the mafia", causing some outcry from Catholic organizations. Enright attended St. Michael's College, a Catholic all-boys school, was lead altar boy at Holy Rosary Church and spent one year at a Passionist seminary in Dunkirk, New York.
In 1997, when Peter Gzowski retired from CBC Radio, the CBC discontinued Gzowski's Morningside and Ian Brown's Sunday Morning, replacing both with the new This Morning. Enright and Avril Benoit cohosted the program for two years. Benoit subsequently became host of CBC's local afternoon show in Toronto, Here and Now, and Enright continued as the sole host of This Morning.
In 2000, CBC split This Morning's Sunday broadcast back into a distinct show. Enright became the host of Sunday Edition, and was replaced as weekday host by Shelagh Rogers.
He was awarded an "Honorary Degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa" at the 98th Spring Convocation of St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick on May 18, 2008. Enright, who never finished high school, had previously said that he would have preferred an honorary high school diploma; in June 2009, he was finally granted this wish.
- Posher, Michel (1997-05-10). "Son of Morningside". The Globe and Mail. p. C1, C14.
- [CCCB Comment Re Michael Enright Statement on the Catholic Church http://www.cccb.ca/site/content/view/571/1062/lang,eng/]
- STU Spring Convocation programme
- Press release, archived at Lucien.NB.ca
- CBC Radio, The Sunday Edition, June 28 2009