Jack MacAndrew covered Springhill mine disasters for the CBC
Prince Edward Island is mourning the passing of veteran journalist Jack MacAndrew.
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Prince Edward Island is mourning the passing of veteran journalist Jack MacAndrew. MacAndrew covered the Springhill mine disasters for the CBC in 1956 and 1958. He was 81.
CHARLOTTETOWN – The man who covered two Springhill mine disasters for the CBC had died.
Jack MacAndrew died in Charlottetown on Friday. He was 81.
MacAndrew was a young journalist when he was first sent to the coal mining community in November 1956 when an explosion in the Number 4 mine killed 39 miners, while in 1958 he went back to cover the Bump in the Number 2 colliery in which 74 miners were killed.
Using what was still the relatively young medium of television, MacAndrew reported from the mine entrance to viewers all over the world.
A native of Campbellton, N.B., MacAndrew left the CBC in 1965 and moved back to Prince Edward Island where he worked for the Charlottetown Festival, ran from the federal Liberals and worked with former premiers Alex Campbell and Joe Ghiz.
In 1980, he established his company, Jack MacAndrew Productions, based in Toronto with work in Los Angeles. In 1985, Jack, his wife Barbara and his sons Shaun and Randy, moved back to P.E.I.
He is survived by his wife and sons, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.