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Mike McManus (journalist)

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Michael "Mike" McManus has been a priest, Canadian journalist[1] and the father of Catholic television broadcasting in Canada.[2]

McManus started his career hosting programs on the Ontario channel TVO from the 1970s into the 1990s, including Journeys in Time, The Twilight of the Family, Struggle Beneath the Sea, and The Moral Question.[1] His best-known program, The Education of Mike McManus, was introduced in 1974-75[3] and involved long-form interviews with Canadian and international personalities.[4][5] As stated in the Globe and Mail, McManus, influenced by his background as a priest, "doggedly devoted his screen time to discussing topics such as abortion, euthanasia and moral responsibility."[1]

McManus then took on other roles, including becoming an executive producer for a number of programs at TVO.[1] He also narrated the welcome video that Ontario public servants watched in the 1970s.[6] In 1982 he started and hosted a quiz show on the Canadian network CTV called Claim to Fame.[1] In the late 1990s, McManus became the "front-man"[7] for the CanWest Global Television Network cable channel Prime, which was targeted at seniors.[8]

In 1998, following his involvement with Prime, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops approached McManus to develop the National Catholic Broadcasting Council and develop a Catholic television offering in Canada for the first time.[9] McManus took on the role of Executive Director of the Council, a role that he held for almost two decades, until 2015.[10] The program which emerged from this work, The Daily Mass, consistently attracts ratings of upwards of 60,000 viewers and has represented the first time that the Catholic Church in Canada had developed a media product similar to that of televangelists such as Billy Graham.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Poulton, Terry (September 10, 1982). "The New Season: The entertainment of Mike McManus". The Globe and Mail.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harvey, Bob (March 6, 2000). "Catholic clergy use TV to promote new image". The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec).
  3. "CICA-DT | History of Canadian Broadcasting". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  4. "Archive: The Education of Mike McManus". TVO Archive.
  5. "TVO Opens Up the Archives -". 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  6. ArchivesOfOntario (2017-09-15), Ontario and You (ca. 1970s), retrieved 2018-06-17
  7. Fraser, M. (February 2, 1999). "Izzy asper's love boat still cruising: CRTC protection has helped global sail to profits". National Post.
  8. Leslie, B. (Feb 8, 1999). "We play by the rules, says Global". National Post.
  9. Jimenez, Marina (18 Feb 2000). "Catholic Church joins the race for TV ratings: Bishop to host series: 'TV is the new forum and the Church must be present'". National Post. p. A3.
  10. Register, Michael Swan, The Catholic. "Daily Mass originator McManus passes the torch". Retrieved 2018-06-20.

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