A former broadcaster best known for his work with CBC television and radio in St. John’s has died.
Richard Beaton spent time hosting the St. John’s Morning Show amongst other programs and hosted a television program devoted to issues of faith called “Dialogue” for over a decade.
His death was confirmed Sunday by the official Twitter account for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. “We are so sad to say that Richard Beaton, our friend and one of our former hosts and voices, died today.”
Former CBC weatherman Karl Wells was a colleague of Beaton for many years. Wells said Beaton was a gregarious man who was particularly kind to newcomers at CBC.
Beaton worked in Quebec and New Brunswick before joining CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador. In his later years, Beaton was a volunteer broadcaster for St. John’s radio station VOWR. He also gave tours of Government House in St. John’s and was an active volunteer in the city.
Politicians and journalists have been offering condolences through Twitter since news broke of Beaton’s passing. St. John’s city councillor Tom Hann said Beaton was “A man of the world and a friend,” while St. John’s Centre MHA Gerry Rogers said Beaton was a gracious and generous gentleman who had a “beautiful voice ... like silk.”
CBC reporter David Cochrane called Beaton “a sweet man,” while NTV News anchor Lynn Burry said he was “a lovely man.”
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