John McNaught

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John McNaught
Born John Charles Kirkpatrick McNaught
(1902-03-23)March 23, 1902
Died July 9, 1970(1970-07-09) (aged 68)
Nationality Canadian
Other names James Bannerman, George Austen, Mark Carter, Peter Davidson, Robert Elliott, Pierre Lousanne, Lajos Dohanyi Lajos
Occupation writer
Years active 1949-1970

John Charles Kirkpatrick McNaught (March 23, 1902 – July 9, 1970) was a Canadian radio broadcaster and writer.[1] He was an announcer for CBC Radio and a host on CBC Television in the 1950s and 1960s. He was best known by the professional pseudonym James Bannerman;[2] he also used a variety of other pseudonyms in his work as an author, critic and screenwriter.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto.[1] He was briefly married to writer Gwethalyn Graham in the early 1930s.[2]

He wrote many broadcast scripts and also contributed articles to magazines including Canadian Home Journal, Maclean's, Mademoiselle and Mayfair. Following his death in 1970, his widow Emily donated many of his papers and journals to McMaster University.[3]

During the Second World War, McNaught was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve at the rank of lieutenant in 1940. He served on HMCS Columbia and HMCS Bayfield, and was the commanding officer of the latter unit from 16 October to 22 December 1944.[4] He was released following the war.[5]


  1. ^ a b "James Bannerman: Familiar voice on CBC Radio". The Globe and Mail, July 10, 1970.
  2. ^ a b "She would have loved the happy ending; Graham ripped the veil off Canada's genteel anti-semitism". Toronto Star, March 6, 2004.
  3. ^ "James Bannerman fonds". The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. McMaster University Libraries. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "HMCS BAYFIELD J08". For Posterity's Sake A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Biographical data: McNaught, John Charles Kirkpatrick". The Nauticapedia. Retrieved 24 February 2016.