He has been a familiar face and well-respected by British Columbians for half a century. However, on December 20, Tony Parsons will retire from broadcasting and deliver his final newscast for CBC News Vancouver.
According to the CBC, Parsons will not be returning to the anchor’s news desk following the end of his contract next month. After 35 years, he left Global BC (BCTV) in December 2009 just weeks prior to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and was replaced by Chris Gailus.
He was hired by CBC News Vancouver in April 2010 to co-host the public network’s evening news with Gloria Macarenko, replacing Ian Hanomansing who became a CBC National News reporter and substitute anchor of CBC’s The National.
Up until June 2013, Parsons was also the anchor of CHEK TV Victoria’s 10 p.m. newscast. He would fly to Victoria by helicopter immediately after his CBC evening broadcast.
Tony Parsons leaves Global BC in 2009
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