Denis Harvey, a veteran journalist who rose to become a vice-president of CBC-TV, died Sunday after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 74.
Mr. Harvey began his career at CBC in the early 1970s as chief news editor of TV News, where he revamped the operations of the service. He also served as assistant general manager of CBC English services, both radio and television.
In 1978 he left the corporation to join the Toronto Star where he moved through the ranks from editorial director to editor-in-chief to vice-president before returning to the CBC in 1981 as head of TV Sports.
In 1984 he replaced Peter Herrndorf as vice-president of English television where for seven years he oversaw such developments as the launch of Newsworld and the escalation of CBC-TV prime-time programming to 91 per cent all-Canadian content.
He retired in 1991.
His early career included turns at the Hamilton Spectator, Canadian Magazine and the Montreal Gazette where, during the 1970 FLQ crisis, he famously defied a government-imposed gag order.
"His passion, integrity and straight-talking no-nonsense style are the stuff of legend," CBC president Robert Rabinovitch said in a memo to staff Monday.
"He is as beloved by his colleagues and friends today as he was throughout his time with us. His vision continues to guide us in so many ways. He will be widely mourned and greatly missed."
Mr. Harvey is survived by his wife Louise Lore, daughter Lynn Harvey and son Brian. Funeral details were pending.