Max Keeping

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

Winston Maxwell Keeping, CM, O.Ont, D.U., LLD (born 1 April 1942) known as Max Keeping, is a Canadian broadcaster. He is the former vice-president of news and public affairs at CJOH where he was anchor of the local evening news broadcast from 1972 until his retirement in 2010. He 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 for CTV news. He assumed the role of news anchor at CJOH in November 1972, making him one of the longest-serving 6 o'clock news anchors in North America.

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. After the federal election, he returned to his former post at CJOH.

In his more than 40 years in Ottawa, Keeping has become a local celebrity. He has played an active role in many charitable drives, both through his news station, and outside. He is 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.[3] He has since made a full recovery.[4][5]

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."[6]

In 2014 he announced that the cancer had returned, this time in his lungs and was untreatable.

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. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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. Retrieved 2009-12-03. [dead link]
  5. ^ "RNAO recognizes seven journalists for their coverage of nursing and health-care issues". Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario. 1 April 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  6. ^ Lofaro, Tony (3 December 2009). "TV anchor Max Keeping to retire in March after 37 years as Ottawa mainstay". Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Order of Canada: Max Keeping". Governor General of Canada. 19 April 1991. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  8. ^ The Canadian Press (20 October 2003). "Cirque program wins Gemini award: 'Crowning glory' says executive producer". Degrassi Online. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  9. ^ "CHEO Opens Doors On A New Era: Max Keeping, Long-Time Community Partner, Engrained into CHEO’s History". CHEO. 30 September 2003. Retrieved 2010-02-11. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Edited Hansard * Number 076 (Official Version)". Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Order of Ontario Recipients Announced". 
  12. ^ Office of the President. "Max Keeping / D. University 2007". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  13. ^ "134th Convocation > Honorary degree recipients". Carleton NOW. Carleton University. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10. [dead link]
  14. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (26 March 2010). "After 37 years, Max Keeping takes final bow". CTV Ottawa. 

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