After three decades anchoring CBC’s nightly newscast, Peter Mansbridge has announced plans to step down from “The National.”

Mansbridge, 68, made the announcement during Monday’s broadcast, explaining he’ll be ending his run on “The National” following 2017’s Canada Day broadcast on July 1, at which point Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday.

“It’s been an amazing time to report our history, but I’ve decided that this year will be my last one,” Mansbridge told viewers.

“As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy,” he added. “But what’s important is that ‘The National’ of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.”

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Mansbridge took over “The National” from anchor Knowlton Nash in 1988, and has brought Canadians the news ever since.

“Over and over again, Peter has been the steady reference point in times of crisis. He’s been the face of CBC News through triumph and achievement, tragedy and national loss,” said Jennifer McGuire, the general manager and editor in chief of CBC News in a statement. “Peter has been paramount to making CBC News the most trusted brand in news in this country. We can’t thank him enough for that.”

Following the anchor’s news, Mansbridge’s son, Will, expressed his pride for his dad in an emotional tweet:

Here’s Mansbridge’s statement in its entirety:

“This next year will mark 30 years since I was named chief correspondent and anchor of ‘The National’, a position that’s an honour and a privilege to occupy.

It’s been an amazing time to report our history, but I’ve decided that this year will be my last one. I’ve let the CBC know that I’d like to step down from ‘The National’ next July 1st, shortly after anchoring our very special Canada Day coverage for 2017.

As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy, but what’s important is that ‘The National’ of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.

There will be more to say about the future in the days to come, but now it’s time to focus on the new season, and here at ‘The National’ we will be doing just that.”