CTV executive goes on leave after Lisa LaFlamme controversy
The CTV News chief has taken a leave of absence following the ousting of news anchor Lisa LaFlamme.
Michael Melling, vice president of the news division at CTV’s parent company Bell Media, « has decided to take time off from his current position effective immediately to spend time with his family, » according to an internal memo sent Friday. and obtained by CBC News.
« His decision reflects our shared desire to support the newsroom and do what is best to help the team overcome the current circumstances to focus on delivering the stories that matter to Canadians. »
Melling was criticized for LaFlamme’s abrupt departure from CTV, which raised allegations of sexism and ageism. He took over as head of information in January.
LaFlamme revealed last week that she was « taken aback » by Bell Media’s decision to terminate her contract.
« At 58, I always thought I had a lot more time to tell more stories that impact our daily lives, » she said in a video posted online.