Jim Nunn is again leaving his post as anchor of CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six, and it looks like this time it will be for good.
Nunn has accepted an incentive pro-gram offered to long-service CBC employees as part of the CBC’s deficit reduction program.
This is Nunn’s second round at anchoring CBC Nova Scotia’s supper hour news. He took over the post about 18 months ago after leaving in 1995.
The Antigonish native said his last show will be the night of the provincial election, June 9.
“It should be fun.”
The broadcaster said he began his career at CJFX in Antigonish when he was a teenager.
“I worked there as an operator at nights while I was going to high school. I’ve done most aspects of radio and television in five provinces – I’ve done regional television, network television and I’ve travelled abroad for the CBC.”
Although he has had a great career, Nunn said about five years ago he began thinking about making a change.
“I think because I’ve been doing it for so long it’s just time for me to do something else.”
Over the years he has worked at radio and television stations across Canada, including Sydney, Halifax, St. John’s, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Dawson Creek and Prince George.
Other shows Nunn has worked on have included Marketplace and Land and Sea.
But he said his current role on the supper hour news has been a great one.
“It’s been a huge amount of work, but it’s had tremendous success. Every rating book that we get has been better than the last and the audience is up considerably.”
The show still doesn’t draw as many viewers as CTV’s 6 p.m. news, Nunn said, but has still been making progress.
“Working with Peter Coade has been fun – we’ve gotten along well together. And people really seem to enjoy it.”
Nunn said in the style of the hit 90s sitcom Seinfeld, he’s “going out with a successful project.”
“The show I’m doing is doing well … but in my case it’s time [to go]. This seems like the right time.”
After finishing at CBC, Nunn said he will be spending some time in Antigonish, but will be keeping a place in Halifax where his wife is still employed.
He said he plans to take some time to himself before considering what to do next.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said.
Nunn said he is looking forward to his last night on the air and seeing the results of the current election as they come in.
“It’s been a dull campaign to this point, but it’s always close. Nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen, and that makes for a good evening of politics.”
Nunn said CBC will be co-operating with Eastlink so that people can go to their studios in various part of Nova Scotia and be on CBC as well as Eastlink.
“We’re practising some innovative television design.”
Over the years, Nunn said the most memorable story he has covered has been the Westray Mine disaster.
“It moved me deeply because it was so close to home and I knew the story pretty well and I knew the people. I think it changed me.”
The list of people of people Nunn has interview over the years is extensive, including Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau, René Lévesque, Johnny Cash, Phyllis Diller and Alice Cooper.
“It’s been a tremendous business to be in because it allows you to poke your nose into other people’s business and you get to see everything upfront.”
Nunn said he has always been interested in Nova Scotian and Canadian politics and has known “all the characters.”
“There’s a picture on my wall … of Mulroney and I scowling at each other about 20 years ago. I’ve had a lot of fun – met a lot of great people.”
Nova Scotians have been particularly kind to him over the years, Nunn said.
“I don’t think I was a natural television performer,” he said. “I had to ac-quire the calm that you have to achieve. If you’re frightened to death, no one will pay much attention. You have to relax, and it took me a long time to become that.”
The veteran broadcaster said he “grateful to the audience for putting up with me.”
“In return, I’ve offered the best conversation that I could come up with on a given evening.”
The CBC will announce a new anchor for the supper hour news program at a future date.