Ghostwriter – Author – Journalist

Fred’s Career


1968: CBC Radio in Montreal – News writer

1969-1975: CBC Television – The Business Desk

1975: CBC Investigative team: Wage & Price Control board

1976: CBC National Business Reporter (Toronto)

1981: CBC Current Affairs – Production of 1-hour documentaries

1982 – 1987: CBC – The Journal

1980’s & 1990’s: Journalist – writing over 250 articles for The Economist, BusinessWeek, The Christian Science Monitor, and other major publications

1997: CBC Newsworld Business Team

1998-2010: CBC Business News – host

2000: Publication of first novel title The Stringer

2010: Publication of Fred’s second novel The Obit Man

2011- current: Freelance Writer, Author, Broadcaster, Speaker & Consultant

I’ve known and worked with Fred for more than forty years. He’s never disappointed as a journalist and he’s never disappointed as a friend. He’s always had a great sense of what’s important in a story and when it comes to the world of business journalism, he has few equals. Peter Mansbridge, Anchor, The National, CBC

Journalist – Print Media

While working in broadcasting Langan was always active as a contributor and regular stringer. His first regular string was for Time Canada, and his work there is part of the background for his novel, The Stringer. While at Time Canada he broke a story on airline pilots resisting the use of French in air traffic control.

His regular strings included: Time Canada, BusinessWeek, and The Economist. Over a period of 8 years he filed 250 stories to The Economist. His other major string at that time was The Christian Science Monitor. He contributed to the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times, including a cover story on Canada abolishing the Foreign Investment Review Agency in the mid 1980s.

From the late 80s until 2006 he was the Canadian correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Obituaries. Fred Langan has written around 2,000 obituaries. He first started writing obituaries for the Daily Telegraph, which when it was owned by Conrad Black took an interest in Canadian news. When the National Post started he offered them a version of a Telegraph obit on Major Guy d’Artois, a Canadian war hero with the French Resistance. A photo of d’Artois and Charles de Gaulle ran on page one.

That obit is the basis for his novel, The Obit Man.

He then wrote as many as three obits a week for the Post for several years, switching to Globe and Mail late where for a while he wrote under the pen name James MacCready, an in-joke since that is a name on his family tombstone in Mount Royal cemetery.

He continues to write obits for the Globe and Mail.