Originally a reporter for the network's bureau in Quebec City and an activist with the anglophone Quebecer lobby group Alliance Quebec, he became the organization's president in 1987. In 1988, he sued Le Journal de Montréal and Télé-Métropole for libel, when both organizations falsely reported that he was the "prime suspect" after the organization's offices were destroyed by arson. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.
He left that role in 1989 to become a host for Montreal talk radio station CJAD, remaining with that station until joining Cross Country Checkup in 1992. He left Checkup in 1994 to become host of Daybreak, the local morning program on the network's Montreal station CBM. He left the show in 1996, attributing his decision to the fact that as a resident of Hatley, the job required him to either get up at 2:30 a.m. or stay in Montreal away from his family for most of the week.
He then became host of Spirit Connection, a documentary series about faith and spirituality produced by the United Church of Canada for VisionTV. At WorldFest-Houston in 2004, he won awards for two Spirit Connection documentaries, "All My Friends Just Fade" and "God's People, Among All God's People".
- "CBC hires host for Checkup". The Globe and Mail, December 21, 1992.
- "Orr leaving CJAD to be Checkup host". Montreal Gazette, November 17, 1992.
- "Anglophones want accord postponed for public discussion". The Globe and Mail, June 1, 1987.
- "Candidate faces tough job". Stanstead Journal. August 23, 1989. p. 2. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
- Garth Stevenson (1999). Community Besieged: The Anglophone Minority and the Politics of Quebec. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 203. ISBN 9780773518391. Retrieved August 18, 2017 – via Google Books.
- "Anglophone leader lands job in radio". Vancouver Sun, February 10, 1989.
- "Royal Orr dons Daybreak crown; CBM morning man is lively, bright, enthusiastic on Day 1". Montreal Gazette, February 1, 1994.
- "Daybreak will be by committee; Orr begins last week with no replacement in sight". Montreal Gazette, February 25, 1996.
- "Maintaining a Connection: Royal Orr still finds inspiration as host of series on faith channel Vision TV". Montreal Gazette, June 14, 2001.
- "Montrealers can't catch Orr's new gig: Local broadcaster is host of Vision TV show but that network got lost in cable shuffle". Montreal Gazette, September 13, 1997.
- "United Church's Real "Reality" Television Show Wins Major Awards at WorldFest-Houston". Canada NewsWire, April 27, 2004.
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