One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Michael Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception in 1984. Landsberg hosted TSN’s OFF THE RECORD (OTR) from September 1997 to November 2015.
Landsberg began his broadcasting career as an anchor on SPORTSCENTRE (then called SportsDesk), and went on to host more than 5,000 episodes. Thirteen years later, Landsberg left SPORTSCENTRE to host OTR.
Twice nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast, Landsberg was the Whistler Host for Olympic Daytime on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, he anchored TSN’s Olympic Daytime.
Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling.
In 2013, Landsberg’s documentary, “Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me,” was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health.
Landsberg also takes to Twitter to encourage discussion around mental health and creating a forum for those needing help. He created the hashtag #SickNotWeak, which is also is a not-for-profit organization and soon to become charity. Funds collected in support of #SickNotWeak help provide education, while supporting a community for those suffering as well as those supporting a loved one who needs help.
For his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness, Landsberg was honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.
In addition to his work supporting mental health awareness, Landsberg hosts a variety of charitable events and golf tournaments each year, devoting the majority of his time to two causes: The Hospital for Sick Children and eye research.
A proud, lifelong Toronto Argonauts fan, Landsberg’s favourite sports to watch are the CFL, Hockey, NFL, and golf. A fitness buff, he works out four times a week and regularly attends spinning class.
Michael joined the Bell Let’s Talk team in 2014 and speaks openly about living with depression.