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"ATV" 2005 Obituary


ATV o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-03 published
MacDONALD, Finlay Michael
59, died Thursday morning, December 30, while playing tennis in Halifax.
Born in Sydney, August 2, 1945, he was the son of the late Senator Finlay MacDONALD and Ann (MacKENZIE) MacDONALD. He was educated at St. Francis and Saint Mary's University High School, St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie Law School. Finlay spent his professional life in broadcasting and politics.
Finlay began his broadcasting career at CJCH Radio in Halifax and then, while still in law school he moved on to television, creating the current affairs program ID which was the predecessor to ATV's top-rated Live at 5. After anchoring and reporting at CJOH-TV in Ottawa, Finlay became CTV's first national correspondent for Atlantic Canada. Finlay rose to the pinnacle of his profession when he was posted as a national reporter for CTV News on Parliament Hill. His marquee accomplishments included being the first Canadian journalist to ever interview Cuban President Fidel Castro in Finlay was an entrepreneur and an innovator. He built a pioneering television network, The Star Channel, which revolutionized the pay television industry in Canada. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was appointed to a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission National Royal Commission. He later used his expertise to become one of the nation's leading regulatory and licensing consultants in the broadcasting industry.
Never one to seek the spotlight, Finlay offered counsel to countless successful business, political and professional leaders. A life-long lover of politics and a committed Progressive Conservative, Finlay was among the first to recognize the potential of Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm, and served as a trusted advisor from the premier's earliest days in politics.
Fin was a consummate gentleman whose compassion and style were legendary, as were his infectious laugh and his ability to live every moment to the fullest. Finlay loved tennis. He loved winters in Long Boat Key, Florida and summers in Chester. His idea of a perfect day was two sets of tennis in the morning, "tubing" with his nieces and nephew, two more sets of tennis in the afternoon and then some quiet time on the wharf with Maggie and the family dogs, Jack and Eddy.
He is survived by his beloved Maggie; sister Mary (Kevin) RYAN, Halifax; brother Ian (Sandra), all of Halifax. He is also survived by his nieces and nephew, Emmett and Katherine RYAN, and Sonja and Dana MacDONALD, all of Halifax.
Visitation will be Monday, January 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Snow's Funeral Home on Windsor Street in Halifax.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Father Thomas Mabey on Tuesday, January 4th at 10 a.m. at Saint Mary's Basilica on Spring Garden Road in Halifax.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adsum House or the Victorian Order of Nurses of Halifax. Email condolences:

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ATV o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-12-02 published
KEATING, Charles -- I Remember
By Peter HAYS, Friday, December 2, 2005, Page S9
Peter HAYS, a Calgary television producer and director, writes about Charles KEATING, whose obituary appeared on November 23.
Charles KEATING could be as imposing as he was kind. In the spring of 2000, I was desperately trying to find financing for a television satire of A&E's Biography called Liography. It was a project I had wanted to do with actor Leslie NIELSEN, and had been commissioned by the Comedy Network, but had failed to get the full backing of Telefilm. It was at risk of evaporating.
My friend and former colleague Nancy REGAN, then a host at ATV News in Halifax, suggested I ask Charles for money.
Charles was known to have made a fortune when he sold his Dartmouth cable company to the Shaw group. As a former reporter for the Halifax Daily News, I knew he was a big Liberal, but I'd never asked him for anything. A few days later, I was sitting in his office, surrounded by dozens of photos of Charles with famous people. He asked me in a booming voice why he should invest in my wild idea. "Because," I promised, "You will be repaid in full before anyone else profits from the project."
"Peter," he growled, "I don't need you to get to heaven." Indeed.
Charles did invest, making the series, which was a success, possible.

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