March 11, 2017: Trinidad-born Canadian journalist is all set ready to kickstart The National, the main CBC newscast. Earlier, Hoomansing has worked for CBC as a reporter, anchor, and interviewer for the variety of assignments. The current anchor of CBC newscast, Peter Mansbridge who has served nearly three decades on the desk will step down on July 1.
Hoomansing is the second cousin to local old stager broadcaster Hans Hoomansing and Gideon Hanoomansingh, an independent TV anchor and also a former news anchor. Many Canadians acknowledge Ian hoomanshing to be the heir apparent. He has been with the CBC for past 30 years. Even at the age of 54, he looks a decade younger.
Gideon Hoomansing quoted that Ian was a meritorious claimant for the CBC newscast and that he was extremely proud of his Canadian relative. He also explained that Hoomansign in his early career dropped “H” from his name and was only called as ‘Ian Harvey’ when Canada was having trepidation with the Sikh community who were behaving absurdly at the time. However, Hoomansing in a TV interview in Canada revealed that – when he was working as a radio broadcaster, he used only first two initials of his name – Ian Harvey – and later realized that his audience could not identify him when he met them off air.
Lately, Hanomansing was awarded the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor for The National. Hanomansing has been wooed by rival news organizations in the United States and Canada over the years, he was quoted on saying over the issue that ” I knew I was never going to leave the job”. His wife’s West Coast law career and the couple’s desire to keep their kids in the same schools led to 25 happy years in Vancouver. Nevertheless, A move to CBC’s broadcast center in Toronto — where “The National” has always been based — is doable now.
“I’ve lived through lots of changes at my time at CBC,” he says, “some incremental, some seismic.” He survived, for instance, the ruinous “Prime Time News” shift to 9 p.m in the early ’90s as well as the downsizing of the local supper hour newscasts in the 2000s. Hanomansing relishes being released from his teleprompter and might not be eager to be stuck behind one in a re-imagined version of “The National.”
Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94