Max Keeping

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Max Keeping
Born Winston Maxwell Keeping[1][2]
(1942-04-01)1 April 1942
Grand Bank, Newfoundland
Died 1 October 2015(2015-10-01) (aged 73)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Newscaster
Years active 1950s–2010
Awards Order of Canada (1991)
Gemini Humanitarian Award (2003)
Order of Ontario (2007)

Winston Maxwell "Max" Keeping, CM OOnt (1 April 1942 – 1 October 2015), was a Canadian broadcaster. He was vice-president of news and public affairs at CJOH-DT, the CTV station in Ottawa, Ontario. Keeping was anchor of the local evening news broadcast from 1972 until his retirement in 2010 and was the station's community ambassador until March 2012.


Keeping was born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and began his news career in the late 1950s.[1] His early work was as sports director of the St. John's Evening Telegram, a post that he occupied at the age of 16. He then worked with the radio station VOCM and CJCH in Halifax.

Keeping moved to Ottawa in 1965, when he became a parliamentary reporter first for CFRA radio, and then as a parliamentary reporter for CTV News.[3]

Keeping returned to Newfoundland in the fall of 1972 to run as a Progressive Conservative in the October federal election, in the riding of Burin—Burgeo. He came in second place behind the Liberal incumbent, Don Jamieson, with 25% of the vote.[3]

After the election he returned to Ottawa. Due to his political campaign, he was unable to return to his parliamentary bureau job at CTV.[3] In November 1972, he joined CJOH as the local news director and was the station's news anchor from November 1972 until March 2010, making him one of the longest-serving Canadian television news anchors.[3][4]

In his more than 40 years in Ottawa, Keeping became a local celebrity. He played an active role in many charitable drives, both through his news station, and outside. He was the long-time Master of Ceremonies of the CHEO telethon. It is estimated that he has participated in the collection of more than $100 million in charitable donations in the Ottawa area. This earned him a 2003 Gemini Humanitarian Award. Most recently Keeping accepted a doctorate from the University of Ottawa and an honorary post as patron for Learning for a Cause, a non-profit educational initiative which publishes and promotes the creative writing of high school students.

In 2003, Keeping announced on-air that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.[5] Later that year, a section of CHEO was named the Max Keeping Wing in recognition of his support for the hospital.[6]

Keeping announced on 3 December 2009 that he would retire as news anchor after 26 March 2010. On the same newscast, it was announced that his replacement would be Graham Richardson of CTV News's parliamentary bureau, who appeared on the air with Keeping and fellow anchor Carol Anne Meehan to make the announcement. After retirement, Keeping started a new job as the television station's "community ambassador."[7]

He was treated for colorectal cancer in 2012, and in 2014 was diagnosed with untreatable cancer in his lungs. Keeping died on 1 October 2015.[8][9]

Awards and notable achievements[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sherring, Susan (26 March 2010). "Max Keeping — an Ottawa icon". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Wedge, Pip (November 2007). "Member of CAB Hall of Fame / Keeping, Max (1942- )". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Enman, Charles (1 October 2015). "Obituary: Max Keeping was Ottawa's 'close and comfortable' news anchor". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Abma, Sandra (1 October 2015). "Max Keeping, former Ottawa news anchor, dead at 73". CBC News. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Max's fight against prostate cancer". Canadian Prostate Cancer Network. 3 July 2003. Archived from the original on 10 August 2003. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  6. ^ a b "CHEO Opens Doors On A New Era: Max Keeping, Long-Time Community Partner, Engrained into CHEO's History". Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. 30 September 2003. Archived from the original on 27 September 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Lofaro, Tony (3 December 2009). "TV anchor Max Keeping to retire in March after 37 years as Ottawa mainstay". Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Dawson, Tyler (1 October 2015). "CJOH newscaster, philanthropist Max Keeping has died at 73". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2016. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  10. ^ Tuominen, Liisa (11 February 2015). "Max Keeping Timeline". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Order of Canada: Max Keeping". Governor General of Canada. 19 April 1991. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Key to the City". City of Ottawa. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Edited Hansard * Number 076 (Official Version)". Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  14. ^ The Canadian Press (20 October 2003). "Cirque program wins Gemini award: 'Crowning glory' says executive producer". Degrassi Online. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  15. ^ "Spring Convocation 2007: The double cohort graduates at the University of Ottawa". University of Ottawa. 4 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Order of Ontario Recipients Announced". Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "134th Convocation > Honorary degree recipients". Carleton NOW. Carleton University. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10. [dead link]
  18. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (26 March 2010). "After 37 years, Max Keeping takes final bow". CTV Ottawa. 
  19. ^ "Committee approves naming bridge in honour of Max Keeping". 

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