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Mark Starowicz: Biography

Mark Starowicz, creator and executive producer of CBC Television's Canada: A People's History, heads the network's Documentary Programming Unit. He is responsible for the flagship prime-time series Witness, Life & Times, all network documentary series and specials, as well as relations with Canada's independent producers and foreign broadcasters in the documentary form. His six hour history of TV news The Dawn of the Eye (1996), a co-production with the BBC, the American History Channel and A&E;, is used by a wide cross-section of journalism schools.

The Canadian Encyclopaedia describes Starowicz as the creator of "the most influential news programs in Canada since 1970." His 29 year career at the CBC spans both Radio and Television, and includes the creation of As It Happens, Sunday Morning and The Journal. He has had a range of print experience as well. He was co-editor of the journalistic magazine The Last Post, and a reporter for The Montreal Gazette, and The Toronto Star. He has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Time magazine. His articles and papers on television, radio and the future of broadcasting have been published in numerous anthologies, and he lectures and writes internationally on television and public policy.

Starowicz was born in England in 1946 and immigrated to Montreal with his family in 1954. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from McGill University where he was editor of The McGill Daily . A fitting hobby for a man consumed by the epic sweep of Canada's past is Starowicz' extensive collection of original historical newspapers which includes the complete Globe coverage of the Riel Rebellion. We look forward to welcoming him to AMTEC 2001.

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