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Patrick Watson, CC (born December 23, 1929) has been a prolific and outspoken Canadian broadcaster, television and radio interviewer and host, author, commentator and television writer, producer and director for five decades. Born in Toronto, Watson attended the University of Toronto and graduated with an MA, then completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan.
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Watson's first broadcast, in 1943, was as a radio actor in the CBC's children's dramatic series "The Kootenay Kid." He first achieved national fame (and in some quarters, notoriety) as the co-producer and with Laurier LaPierre an on-camera host of the CBC Television current affairs program This Hour Has Seven Days in the 1960s. Watson went on to write, edit and/or produce The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, Witness to Yesterday, Titans. He was anchor and principal interviewer on WNET Channel 13, New York's groundbreaking nightly news program "The Fifty-First State, in 1972-73.
In 1983 he created and performed, solo, a stage version of the Old Testament's "The Book of Job", at first at the Nathan Cohen theatre in Toronto, directed by John McGreevey, and then at the National Arts Centre Theatre in Ottawa. For CBC he did, The Watson Report, andThe Canadian Establishment series. He created the Historica Foundation's Heritage Minutes, Biographies of a Nation and The Struggle for Democracy series. The latter has since aired in over 40 countries around the world. Watson also hosted the CBC's business program Venture when it was first launched in 1985. The Historica Foundation's Heritage Minutes were an initiative of Watson's begun in 1988 at Charles Bronfman's CRB Foundation, and as of 2007 were receiving more than 30,000 plays a year across the Canadian television system.
Watson was Chairman of the CBC from 1989 until 1994. He was the recipient of honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Mount Allison University in 2002 and the University of Toronto in 2004. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada on October 21, 1981, then promoted to Companion on October 26, 2002. Watson continues to write, lecture, advise and work in many capacities in broadcasting from his current home in Toronto.
Watson has acted in more than 50 dramatic productions, including the movie The Terry Fox Story, and the HBO movie Countdown to Looking Glass.
Few in his various audiences realize his slight limp was caused by the amputation of his left leg above the knee in 1960 following an accident. He has often assisted the Canadian disabled community, including serving as Honorary Chair of the Canadian Amputee Sports Association and Chairman Emeritus of the Canadian Abilities Foundation.