George McLean (journalist)

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George Angus McLean (May 16, 1923 – March 16, 2016) was a Canadian television journalist, best known for his work as a TV anchor for the CBC.


Born in Brandon, Manitoba, his family moved to Manchester, England in 1929.[1] McLean was educated in the United Kingdom and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II.[1] He transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1944 and returned to Canada following the end of the war.[1]

McLean married his first wife, Majorie, in 1947; she died in 1982. His second marriage to Barabara Quick in 1987 lasted until his death.[2]

Broadcasting career[edit]


In 1946 he joined CJRL radio in Kenora, Ontario[3] and in 1952 became news editor at CKRC in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1953 he became chief announcer at CKOK in Penticton, British Columbia.[1]


In 1956 he joined the CBC in Vancouver as a staff announcer for CBC Television.[1] In 1965 McLean was transferred to Toronto and became a regular backup for hosting national newscasts including The National, a role which he performed until 1986 when he retired from the CBC.[1] McLean was also the regular host of Saturday Report, the Saturday evening national newscast.

Post retirement and death[edit]

He continued to do occasional voice-over work after his retirement and golf in his spare time, moved to Lagoon City in Ramara, Ontario and died in a Toronto hospital in March 2016.[4]