Taylor, Robin

Robin Taylor, former executive producer of CBC’s The Fifth Estate and head of current affairs programming, has died

The Canadian Journalism Project
Jul 02, 2013
Posted by Eric Mark Do

Longtime CBC journalist Robinson “Robin” Taylor died on June 12, 2013 at age 80 in Basingstoke, England.

Before becoming the executive producer of CBC’s The Fifth Estate and later CBC’s head of current affairs programming, Taylor held posts at CBC Winnipeg, CBC Edmonton and CBC St. John’s. It was in Newfoundland that Taylor started “Here and Now” with Bill Donovan and Bob Cole, filling a void left when a news reader moved from NTV to join the Trudeau government.

Earlier in his career, Taylor worked for Newcastle Chronicle, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Winnipeg Tribune and the Vancouver Sun.

Taylor’s family tie to the CBC continues with his daughter Sheila Coles who has hosted Morning Edition on CBC Radio Saskatchewan for more than 20 years. He also leaves his wife, Pat; five children including Coles; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one brother.