TRINIDAD-born Canadian newsman Ian Harvey Hanomansing is in line to anchor The National, the main CBC newscast.
The current, longstanding anchor Peter Mansbridge is set to step down on July 1, when Canada will mark its 150th birthday, after nearly three decades on the desk.
Hanomansing is second cousin to local veteran broadcaster Hans Hanoomansingh and independent TV producer Gideon Hanoomansingh, himself a former news anchor.
His closest Trinidad relative, an uncle, lives in Cunupia.
Gideon told the Sunday Express yesterday that the family was “very proud” of their Canadian relative who “is deserving of such a great achievement”.
He explained that Hanomansing had dropped the “h” in his name early in his career when Canada “was having problems with Sikhs, who were acting up at the time”.
Hanomansing, however, in a TV interview in Canada, said when he was a radio broadcaster he only used his first two names — Ian Harvey — but started using his ethnic surname when he realised that his audience did not recognise him when they met him off air.
Ian Hanomansing with CBC talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
Hanomansing is a familiar face on Canadian television, having filled in over the years for Mansbridge on The National.
Mansbridge's career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of the desk as anchor and chief correspondent.
Many Canadians consider Hanomansing to be the heir apparent.
He has been with the CBC, in various capacities, for 30 years.
At age 54, he looks a decade younger.
As host of Vancouver-produced CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing, he won the most recent Canadian Screen Award as Canada's top national news anchor.
Hanomansing has been wooed by rival news organisations in the United States and Canada over the years but is quoted as saying that he always “knew I wasn't going to take another job”.
That was because of his wife's West Coast law career and their desire to keep their children in the same schools. The decision led to 25 years in Vancouver.
A move to CBC's broadcast centre in Toronto — where The National has always been based — now appears doable.
His two sons have graduated high school and so “we are mobile now,” Hanomansing is quoted by foreveryoungnews.com as saying.
He could move to Toronto and be the new Mansbridge if the job was the right fit, he said.
“I would say geography is not a big part of this,” he told The Canadian Press.
It really boils down to what The National will look like post-Mansbridge.