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Craig Oliver: Confessions of a Newshound

Catalogue Number:  CTV529
Producer:  CTV
Subject:  Biography, Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2011
Running Time:  21:00

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Craig Oliver, CTV's chief political correspondent, talks with Lloyd Robertson about his five decades of life in journalism. His tumultuous childhood in Prince Rupert taught him to be self-sufficient. He started life in the news business as a CBC radio announcer on the west coast, then moved to CBC TV in Regina covering the Medicare debates, getting to know John Diefenbaker, and canoeing remote waters with Pierre Trudeau.  He discusses his interviewing strategies and how he connected with politicians in Washington and Ottawa, and he was praised by Trudeau for his lack of pretension.  In later years, he has learned to cope with a visual disability, and when looking back on his career in journalism he has "no apologies and no regrets". He is truly an icon in Canadian media journalism, and his memoir, "Oliver's Twist" details an extraordinary life.

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