Gord Martineau Signs Off as CityNews Anchor

Surprise! Gord Martineau signed off as anchor of the six o’clock news for the last time today. There was no goodbye, no farewell tour, he signed off as normal and a press release was issued by Rogers.

From the press release:

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.

Here's something I wrote about Gord 12 years ago. As I wrote then, I don't remember a time he wasn't anchoring the six o'clock news on CityTV. I even ranked him #5 on my list of Canadian Gords.

Here he is returning to CityTV back in 1980 after a few weeks working for the Global Television Network.

Mike Cooper recently left his Rogers Media gig to much fanfare. Gord Martineau was the biggest name at City for decades and didn't even say goodbye. This doesn't look like a happy parting, but I won't speculate any further.

It's the end of an era.


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James Edgar

After all this time they dumped him? WTF rogers?

February 29, 2016 @ 9:36 PM

BlairW

ya seriously? like no warning of retirement??

February 29, 2016 @ 10:09 PM

Raj

I read the article and when it said Rogers issued a press release I had a sinking feeling like, 'They did not mess this up too did they?!' Of course they did.

February 29, 2016 @ 10:20 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Grew up watching Gord deliver the news. Actually surprised he wasn't pushed out earlier given the young edgy look City always tried to present.

February 29, 2016 @ 10:25 PM

Jerry

It sounds like greedy Rogers still going for another round of jobs/expense cut.

February 29, 2016 @ 10:47 PM

Nick

Another gutless move from Rogers
A very disrespectful way to treat a Toronto TV icon
Let's raise the price of cable and hire a 20 something visible minority with no experience to work the "Rogers Way" for 1/4 of the price
Who's next on the Rogers cutting board Bob McCowan!!?

February 29, 2016 @ 11:29 PM

Hans

Can't hep but think that this is a part of the announced "media cuts" that Rogers was going to be doing in February.

This morning Kevin and Dina on Breakfast Television are saying that "Gord didn't want any fanfare" and I can't help but think that this is total BS. Even if he didn't, you'd still think they'd do some form of a goodbye for a journalist that's been with the station for the lifetime of many of the viewers.

Nick - The current rumour among the sports blogs is that McCowan is going to be calling it once his contract is up in the next few years. That said, you can already see him being pushed aside with how they put tim&Sid up against him and how he's apparently reacted to it.

March 1, 2016 @ 7:24 AM

The Voice of Reason

Always liked Gord, but clearly he should have been off the air years ago.

March 1, 2016 @ 7:25 AM

Justin

A Rogers suit on the 11:00 newscast last night said Gord first informed him of his intention to retire one year ago, and Gord was the one who didn't want a send-off. I'm inclined to take him at face value, though we'll never know what happened behind the scenes.

Also: Even after leaving the 6:00 news Gord will still be involved in some broadcasting projects with CityTV. We'll be seeing much less of him but he's not leaving the air completely.

March 1, 2016 @ 8:30 AM

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@Justin

I'd like to hear that from Gord.

March 1, 2016 @ 8:52 AM

Anonymous

long live gord..............................PUSHED OUT BY ROGERS FOR SURE

March 1, 2016 @ 9:04 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

This definitely sounds like a man who didn't control his destiny and was pushed out:

March 1, 2016 @ 9:21 AM

RS

Posting on facebook "I will continue to work in broadcasting" doesn't strike me as something you write when you're leaving a job you've had for 39 years by choice, no matter how Rogers tries to spin it after the fact.

Watching Gord, Anne and CityPulse were the first time I can remember wanting to pursue a career in media; I would watch the newscasts and think 'I want to do that'. It's really the final nail in the coffin for what Moses envisioned years ago.

March 1, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

Anonymous

Uh...the photos above are not of Gord Martineau...just saying.
I'd like to see one of Toronto's multi millionaires throw a huge retirement party for Gord and inviter a limited number of the public....come on Toronto, surely we owe him that!

March 1, 2016 @ 1:36 PM

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@Anonymous

In the video Bill Cameron references the return of Gord Martineau.

The man who created this Valentine's Day card a decade ago certainly knows what Gord Martineau looks like.

March 1, 2016 @ 1:41 PM

Anonymous

"I wish I could have said something earlier but I could not - the circumstances were beyond my control" - Martineau

Yep. Doesn't sound like this went down the way he wanted at all. The way Rogers/Bell/CHCH has handled their layoffs lately has been beyond the pale.

March 1, 2016 @ 2:29 PM

GAry

@Mike
I agree...sounds like he did not control his destiny. Seems odd that he would not have waited to hit 40 years.

March 1, 2016 @ 2:50 PM

BdwyBabe

Whether he did or not we may find out in the future. Those that remain can not say anything. But with all the years there and information he has will a book not be far in the future.

March 1, 2016 @ 4:18 PM

dale

He was & still an ICON in news casting. Obviously pushed out after 39 years.

BTW - my 25th anniversary at same workplace is this Friday. Possibly let go on Thursday??
I should take Thursday off as vacation day & tomorrow as snow day - LOL.

Good luck Gord whatever you do in the future.

March 1, 2016 @ 6:03 PM

Dayo

Did anyone else catch that Gord voiced the promo for Tuesday's news that was heard on Monday's 11 o'clock cast? That suggests that he may not have known Monday was his last day. /d

March 1, 2016 @ 8:42 PM

Dawn Keibals

The last time CITY purged their news department 2-3 years ago,I read or heard somewhere that if they gassed Gord it would have cost them something like 9 years severance pay.May or may not be true?

I assume it cost rogers a BUNDLE on Monday.

March 2, 2016 @ 1:58 AM

Trevor

It's astonishing that that was played on KISS, which is a Rogers station.

But agreed with Anonymous, the sudden pulling of people on air feeds this vicious cycle of networks crying poor, because they treat people who have been involved 25, 30, 40 years so poorly. And then they have the audacity to wonder why people don't want to watch what they offer. What a bunch of idiots, to be polite.

March 2, 2016 @ 7:02 PM

Blind Dave

Gord Martineau on Toronto Mike'd?

March 2, 2016 @ 8:49 PM

Chris Hutcheson

I've always watched CITY at 6, so he was certainly a fixture here. Sorry to see him go.

The format of the news had changed over the past week or so - I noticed GM was getting less airtime, and that reporting seemed to be split equally among all the reporters on location as well as increased visibility by VICE. It seemed odd. Plus that stupid floating City News marquee before every single news item, like we didn't know what we were watching. There was clearly a format change going on. The final comment on Tuesday night by Avery indicated he wouldn't be replaced, because he was "irreplaceable" (to quote her.) It looks like they've decided to go with an anchor-less format, at least for now. They did have some really nice tribute pieces, not only from folks in CITY's newsroom, but from the other networks as well. He is obviously was well liked/respected in the industry - the word "mentor" came up a lot.

March 3, 2016 @ 2:39 PM

Anon.

Actually, it's not "The 6". Did anyone notice it's also not "The 5" anymore?
2 hours of "You're watching CityNews". I like it that way. Never did like "The 5" or "The 6" name.
Roger Peterson made an error there when he said "The 6".
I hope they never say "The 6" again.

March 4, 2016 @ 9:23 PM

Steve

I'm sure he was a nice guy and all, but CityNews has been unwatchable for a number of years now. WTF is up with the camerawoman/"reporter" who films herself on her iPhone with her camera on her shoulder? They can't afford to send two properly trained people out on a story?

March 4, 2016 @ 10:40 PM

anon

How much tail do u think Gord got in this city. He has the Dick Clark gene. Handsome fella.

March 5, 2016 @ 1:48 PM

DayGlo Colours

Nice to see the late Bill Cameron smiling from the screen.
Remember him with your Cancer donations.

March 7, 2016 @ 11:38 AM

Kyle

In my opinion, Rogers has ruined City.

Inconsistent branding, no promotion of TV shows from City, CityNews Channel, and all of their senior talent is leaving. The only reason they need it is because they need to have an over the air channel to broadcast NHL games in the future once they stop using the CBC.

A great example of no promotions is the show Empire. The show airs on City in Canada and Fox in the USA. It airs on City 1 hour before it does on Fox but in Canada, Fox gets the higher ratings because no one knows it is on City, so now Rogers has moved the show to Omni instead.

Breakfast Television could be the only reason the channel is still viable for Rogers.

March 8, 2016 @ 9:56 AM

Neil Clarke Warren

@Kyle....Breakfast Television has become nothing more than a 3 hour infomercial for rogers.Does anyone else notice they do not advertise as "Toronto's number 1 morning show" anymore ?
Sadly,Kevin Frankish will be the next to walk the plank.How he ever put up with that ditz Dina i will never know.

March 8, 2016 @ 4:51 PM

Jake Jones

On TV0 recently he said he did not leave happy. And no love for Rogers and his complaint ain't cell phone or cable package bill service crap.

March 16, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

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