Feb 19, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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Canadian media mogul, lawyer and the former president and chief executive officer of the National Arts Centre, Peter Herrndorf, has died. He was 82.

Matthew Herrndorf confirmed the news, saying his father died of cancer early Saturday morning “surrounded by family” at Toronto’s Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital.

After a lengthy career in the media, Peter Herrndorf led the National Arts Centre from 1999 to 2018. He is credited with founding both the N.A.C. Foundation and the N.A.C.’s Indigenous Theatre Department.

He began working for the CBC in Winnipeg in 1965 and eventually rose to the position of vice-president, where he contributed to the creation of enduring programs like The Journal and The Fifth Estate.

Later, Herrndorf assumed the positions of chairman and C.E.O. of TVOntario as well as publisher of Toronto Life magazine.

Peter Herrndorf was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2008 for having “revolutionized Canadian broadcasting, publishing and the performing arts” at the various organizations where he served.

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