Former CBC journalist known for radio docs dies after random assault in Toronto

The CBC logo is projected onto a screen in Toronto on May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Police are searching for a male suspect in the incident

The Canadian Press

Parksville Qualicum Beach News

February 1, 2023

A longtime former CBC producer who travelled the world to create radio documentaries has died after a random daytime assault in Toronto’s east end, the public broadcaster said.

In a note sent to CBC staff this week and obtained by The Canadian Press, the network said Michael Finlay – who worked at the broadcaster for 31 years before retiring in 2010 – died Tuesday, a week after the attack.

Cathy Perry, the network’s executive director of newsgathering and operations, said Finlay died of medical complications after being injured in a random assault in the city last week.

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