At a press conference at the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre this afternoon it was announced that legendary BC anchor Tony Parsons would be co-hosting the local supper-hour newscast.
Tony Parsons, who I grew up watching on BCTV, anchored his final newscast on Global TV’s News Hour in December of 2009.
Around that time but published a book but Parsons was off the air during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
He then returned to television with CHEK-TV in Victoria as the anchor of their 10:00pm newscast in March. According to today’s press release, a deal between the CBC and CHEK-TV has been made that will see the local news from CBC Vancouver simulcast on CHEK-TV in Victoria.
â€œTony Parsons has been synonymous with local news in Vancouver for 35 years and weâ€™re thrilled to welcome him to the CBC News Vancouver team,â€ said Johnny Michel, Managing Director, BC Region, CBC. â€œHe is the most recognizable face in local news and has an innate gift to get to the heart of what matters for Vancouverites.”
Parsons will be co-hosting with Gloria Macarenko on CBC Vancouver from 5:00pm until 6:30pm and will then appear specifically on CHEK at 10:00pm.
Update April 13, 2010
I had the chance to speak with Tony this afternoon, you can see his responses to a few quick questions in the video above.