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Michael Duffy

Assumed office 
January 2, 2009

Born May 27, 1946 (1946-05-27) (age 63)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Heather (?-present)[1]
Profession Television journalist
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael Dennis "Mike" Duffy (born May 27, 1946) is a Canadian Senator and former Canadian television journalist. Prior to his appointment to the upper house he was the Ottawa editor for CTV News Channel, and a host of Mike Duffy Live and Countdown with Mike Duffy on the network. Duffy sits in the Senate as a Conservative, representing Prince Edward Island.


Early life and journalism career

Duffy was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He began his career as a teen disc jockey at CFCY-TV in the mid-1960s. He moved to print journalism with The Guardian in Charlottetown, before heading to CFCF as a lineup and assignment editor in 1969, and in 1971 he joined CFRA radio in Ottawa as a political reporter.

Duffy joined CBC radio's Parliament Hill bureau in 1974, and became a reporter for The National in 1977. Duffy is primarily known for his work as an Ottawa journalist, but he has been a foreign correspondent. He covered the collapse of the South Vietnamese regime in 1975 for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and was one of the last journalists to leave Saigon before the arrival of North Vietnamese and Vietnamese nationalist forces.

In 1988 Duffy joined Baton Broadcasting as the first host of its Sunday morning news program Sunday Edition. When that series ended in 1999, Duffy moved to his role as a show host and interviewer with CTV Newsnet (now the CTV News Channel). Long known as an "Ottawa insider", he was able to get many elected officials to appear on his interview format show.

In August 2006, Duffy underwent open heart surgery. His mother Lillian Duffy said, "His operation was successful and he's home. We're all grateful he's making a good recovery".[2]

In April 2009, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that Duffy's CTV Newsnet program Mike Duffy Live had violated Canadian broadcasting codes and ethics during the 2008 Canadian federal election.[3]

Awards and honours

In 1986 he won an ACTRA Award for live television reporting, for his coverage of a terrorist attack on the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa.[4] In 1994, Duffy was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.[4][5]

Duffy has received honorary degrees from his alma mater, the University of Prince Edward Island, as well as Wilfrid Laurier University and from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York.[6] He has been a visiting fellow at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina, and has been twice nominated for the "best in the business" award by the Washington Journalism Review.[6]

Canadian senator

On December 22, 2008, Duffy was named a Prince Edward Island representative to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[6][7] He subsequently retired as a TV journalist at the end of 2008. The time-slot vacated by Mike Duffy Live on CTV News Channel was, for the month of January 2009, filled by On the Hill with Graham Richardson, then in February by Power Play with Tom Clark, a similar political program hosted by Tom Clark.


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