In the space of about two weeks, Canada named its first ever female news anchor — and then it named another. Both Dawna Friesen and Lisa Laflamme will take over top television news desks in the nation up North, replacing their male counterparts, and making history.
Friesen, who was reporting for American station NBC prior to this announcement, is “coming home” to take over the Global national news desk, replacing current anchor Kevin Newman.
A week earlier, following the news that longtime CBC anchor Lloyd Robertson was finally retiring, CBC national news had named Lisa Laflamme as Robertson’s replacement. But since Laflamme won’t take the desk until September, Friesen is technically the barrier-breaker.
The question now is whether or not Laflamme or Friesen will be successful. I’ve heard the theory batted around that most viewers simply feel that men are more trustworthy as news anchors because they fear women won’t be as impartial or unemotional and that the news will become too sentimental as a result.
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