Michael Maclear

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Michael Maclear, OC (1929 – December 25, 2018)[1] was an award-winning Anglo-Canadian journalist, documentary filmmaker,[2] and former correspondent for various CBC programs and for CTV's W5.[3] He is the great-great-grand-nephew of South African astronomer Sir Thomas Maclear.[4]

Born in London, UK in 1929, Maclear moved to Canada in 1954 and joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the next year. As a foreign correspondent for CBC (1961–1971) and the CTV Television Network, he travelled to more than 80 countries.[1]

Maclear made several wartime visits to North Vietnam (1969-1970-1972) for CBC and later for CTV, the first Western TV correspondent granted admission to the North. In 1963 as CBC's Far East correspondent based in Japan he married Yoko (Mariko) Koide, a news researcher whose contacts with the newsfilm agency Nihon Denpa News and its Hanoi bureau made possible a series of exclusive reports also aired by CBS, NBC and syndicated by The New York Times. Subsequently, Yoko's contacts were key to obtaining Hanoi's military archives for the 13- hour television history "Vietnam: The 10,000 Day War," which Maclear independently produced in 1980.

He received numerous awards, including an ACTRA Award for Best Broadcaster, three Gemini Awards, and the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association's Personal Achievement Award.[1] In 2004, he won the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at Hot Docs, an annual documentary film festival held in Toronto, Ontario, where he was also honoured with a 13-film retrospective.[3]

His daughter, Kyo Maclear, wrote the novel The Letter Opener, published in Canada by HarperCollins in 2007.[citation needed] Michael Maclear has two grandsons, Yoshi and Mika.

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Ten Thousand Day War: Vietnam, 1945-1975 (1981, Methuen; ISBN 0-458-95170-6)
  • Guerrilla Nation: My Wars in and Out of Vietnam (2013, Dundurn Press ISBN 978-1-45970-940-9)


  1. ^ a b c *"University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library: Michael Maclear papers" (PDF). (193 KiB). Accessed 7 July 2007
  2. ^ Dixon, Guy (18 March 2004). "Confronting ghosts of Vietnam: Michael Maclear's new documentary revisits his coverage of Vietnam, drawing parallels to Iraq, GUY DIXON reports". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  3. ^ a b Lacey, Liam (31 March 2004). "War at forefront of film festival". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 6 September 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  4. ^ Ostroff, Joshua (2005-12-15). "Television: Welcome to the holidays, bitch". Eye Weekly. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  5. ^ "Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War". MediaRights. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
  6. ^ "videocassette citation (Lirico.ca)". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  7. ^ "Last chance for Hot Docs". Eye Weekly. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. 2004-04-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-24.

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