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Gord Martineau signs off after 39 years at CityNews

Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 12:03 am EDT

After nearly four decades as the face of CityNews, Gord Martineau has signed off as anchor of the six o’clock broadcast.

A leading figure in Canadian news broadcasting and a Toronto television icon, the veteran news anchor stepped down from the position after a record 39 years in the newsroom.

“Gord is one of the most beloved anchors in the country,” said Dave Budge, General Manager of CityNews Toronto. “Gord has been a trusted face invited into the homes of our viewers for the past four decades and a leader in the vision of City.”

CityNews will pay homage to Martineau’s landmark career this week during the evening and late night newscasts, reflecting on his most memorable moments, ground-breaking interviews, and heartfelt moments from the past four decades.

“We look forward to working with Gord on the Herbie Fund, an organization that is dear to all of us and enriches the lives of children around the world,” Budge said.

CityNews anchor Gord Martineau in 1979.
CityNews anchor Gord Martineau in 1979.

Martineau began his career with City back in 1977 as anchor of CityPulse. A Montreal native, Martineau easily adapted to the Toronto environment and became an important part of the community, bringing a new brand of newscast to Torontonians.

Throughout the years, he led coverage of the biggest local stories of our time, from Terry Fox’s heroic marathon run, to international affairs including Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan and the events surrounding former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

During his time at City, Martineau has received many respected awards honouring his work.

Most recently, Martineau was part of the team awarded the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for “Best Local Newscast” for CityNews at 6. In 2012, he was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Martineau has also been awarded with a Gemini Award for “Canada’s Best News Anchor”, a Gemini Humanitarian Award, and a RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.