CTV News head Michael Melling reappointed after Lisa LaFlamme flop – National

CTV News head Michael Melling, who was embroiled in the departure of top presenter Lisa LaFlamme, is now being replaced in his role.

A few months after Melling left the news department, a Bell Media statement confirmed his job would be taken up permanently by Richard Gray, who is serving as interim vice president of the news division. .

The company said Melling has been reappointed as vice president of sharing services.

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The decision follows an independent third-party review of national newsroom CTV that came after LaFlamme’s removal from the position of top news presenter.

Her departure, announced in a video she posted on social media in August, has rattled the newsroom and raised concerns about the company’s work culture.

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Bell Media has weathered weeks of setbacks and at one point said it was “deeply sorry” for the way LaFlamme’s departure was handled, as it “may give viewers the wrong impression” that his long career she is not respected.

Among the findings that emerged in an independent workplace assessment, conducted by employment attorney Sarah Crossley and her partner Laura Freitag, was “a culture where people are sometimes afraid to raise concerns. concerned for fear of reprisal or inaction.”

An internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press said the review also revealed a “need for more courtesy and respect in the newsroom” and a “desire to improve working conditions”.

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