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Harbour Publishing Presents A Life in the News by Tony Parsons


Posted: November 9, 2009

Don’t miss the chance to meet Tony Parsons, one of BC’s most acclaimed TV personalities, at the following Lower Mainland and Victoria events this fall:

Saturday, November 14 at 2:00pm at Chapters Robson Street, 788 Robson
Street, Vancouver
Monday, November 16 at 7:00pm at Bolen Books, 111-1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Saturday, November 21 at 1:30pm at Black Bond Books Guildford Town Centre, 1381 Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
Monday, November 23 at 7:30pm at Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch (Alice Mackay Room), 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Saturday, December 5 at 1:00pm at Save-On-Foods Park & Tilford, 333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
Sunday, December 6 at 1:30 pm at Black Bond Books South Surrey,1-15562-24th Avenue, Surrey
(This December 6 signing is a correction to the previously listed signing date of Saturday, November 28. Signed copies will be available at Black Bond on November 28, but Tony Parsons will not be in attendance.)

To say that Tony Parsons is a household name and that his is one of the most recognizable faces in BC are almost understatements. Having served over 35 years as anchor of the News Hour, the province’s most popular television news program, Parsons is a virtual member of millions of BC families.

In his first book Tony Parsons tells his own story, beginning in England during the London blitz and moving to small-town Ontario where his alcoholic father left his mother to raise six children on her own. He was set on his 50-year broadcasting career by a high school teacher who liked the way he read in class, and endured long years of low-power country radio stations before breaking into big-time television with CFTO in Toronto, where he became news anchor in Canada’s biggest market.

By the early 1970s he’d had enough of Toronto and gave up his prestigious position to move to Vancouver as a reporter for CTV, developing a taste for offbeat stories. In 1973 BCTV (now Global BC) offered him the job of hosting its new evening news hour, a position Tony will have held for 37 years when he retires in 2010. Modest, informative and amusing, just like Tony himself, A Life in the News offers revealing insights into the life of one of BC’s most visible media personalities as well as fascinating views of behind-the-scenes life at BC’s most watched news show.

Tony Parsons became the West Coast correspondent for CTV National News in Vancouver in the early ’70s, leading to the six o’clock anchor assignment at Global BC. Parsons is a passionate golfer, plays classical guitar on occasion, collects toy soldiers, enjoys fishing, travelling, reading and donating his time to a number of charitable organizations.