Tony Burman

Ryerson School of Journalism, world affairs columnist for the Toronto Star, and former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News

Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and now teaches at Ryerson University's School of Journalism. In September 2011, he was appointed Ryerson's Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News Media and Technology. He also writes a weekly world affairs column for The Toronto Star. During his time as Managing Director of Al Jazeera English in Qatar from 2008-10, the network’s worldwide audience reach more than doubled to 220 million households. In 2010-11, he was Al Jazeera's head of strategy for the Americas based in Washington. Before Al Jazeera, he spent more than three decades as an award-winning news and documentary producer at CBC News , including more than seven years as its editor-in-chief. He was executive producer of The National for eight years and senior documentary producer for CBC’s The Journal. Working in more than 30 countries, he produced many documentaries which were rebroadcast on the BBC, PBS and other international networks.

Most Recent Posts

Burman: Should U.S. diplomats meet with Hamas leaders when conducting ‘shuttle diplomacy’ in the Middle East?

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November 23, 2012

“Yes”, “yes”, a thousand times “yes”. The deadly stalemate between Israelis and Palestinians is a dangerous threat to all sides, including to the State of Israel. If the current Israeli government is too foolish to recognize this, surely its American friends are not. The curse of the Middle East is that millions of innocent people […]

Burman: Will Obama be successful in convincing Netanyahu not to strike Iran?

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March 5, 2012

In any rational world, the answer would be “yes”. If an attack happened, the biggest loser would be Israel. Iran’s retaliation would be brutal, and it would further isolate Israel in the region. An attack would also only delay Iran’s nuclear development by a year or two. Incredibly, it would come when sanctions against Iran […]

Burman: Should religion be a tool of Canadian foreign policy?

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February 19, 2012

No, definitely not. It would be a foolish approach that would only undermine Canada’s credibility in the world. And to what end? Surely, the rich diversity of our own population is a reminder we need to tread carefully on potentially explosive issues. Having lived until recently in the Middle East where religion both dominates and […]