More media personalities are calling out CTV over Lisa LaFlamme's sudden firing
Current and former media personalities are speaking out against an alleged toxic workplace culture at Bell Media and CTV after the sudden and controversial firing of longtime CTV National News anchor Lisa LaFlamme.
The sudden firing left the former anchor feeling "blindsided" after a 35-year career, and a media firestorm has since developed, with growing public and industry outrage fuelled by allegations that LaFlamme was let go due to executives disapproving of the veteran anchor's decision to let her hair go grey.
Response from media and the public have been highly critical of Bell Media, and rampant allegations of ageism and sexism have dominated the discourse.
In what could be a public buckling under pressure, Bell Media has since announced that it would be launching an internal review over the debacle, but this reactive response is doing little to quell the avalanche of criticism directed at the media giant.
Among the long list of media personalities speaking out over the non-renewal of LaFlamme's contract, former Bell Media colleague Brandon Gonez — who left CP24 in 2021 — has been vocal in his disappointment over the handling of the situation.
The fact that Michael Melling’s name (head of CTV News) is not on this release is very telling.— The Brandon Gonez Show (@brandongonez) August 19, 2022
This independent third-party internal workplace review needs to be shared publicly once complete. Transparency is paramount, especially to the Canadian public. https://t.co/jPi8ygHttu
On Saturday, another former Bell Media employee, Danielle Graham, joined the chorus of LaFlamme's past colleagues speaking out against an alleged toxic culture in the media empire.
Graham opened up about the details surrounding her dismissal from Bell Media, where she alleges that her discrimination concerns were "ignored and laughed at" and followed just days later by her sudden firing.
The story of my departure from BellMedia pic.twitter.com/hEMS5CcHMp— Danielle Graham (@DanielleGraham) August 20, 2022
Even past personalities working for other media entities are speaking out on the culture at Bell Media, including former Corus Entertainment employee Jennifer Valentyne, who herself faced discrimination and sexism leading up to her high-profile exit from the airwaves.
Thank you @HeatherMallick for saying this…— Jennifer Valentyne (@JennValentyne) August 21, 2022
“There is no reason whatsoever to believe a woman wouldn’t fire a woman because she’s a woman; it happens all the time, if that woman’s job depends on doing it.”https://t.co/QXs4Xha242 via @torontostar
Former Global News reporter Priya Sam took aim at members of Bell's board of directors, which includes five women who have the pull to make positive changes happen within the company.
This is @Bell's board of directors including CEO Mirko Bibic.— Priya Sam (@PriyaSam) August 22, 2022
They can take meaningful action at Bell Media after the firing of Lisa LaFlamme but so far they've done nothing.
Anyone else think it's time we hear their thoughts about why misogyny is accepted there? pic.twitter.com/dCu3pWzxJI
Current Global News investigative journalist Sean O'Shea tweeted his shock of the firing, commenting that LaFlamme is "58 years old" and adding that "Lloyd Robertson worked as the network's chief anchor until age 77. Am I missing something?"
Fox News co-anchor and former CTV employee John Roberts, who has himself faced allegations about workplace toxicity, tweeted that he was "stunned" by the news.
Courtney Theriault, a reporter with CityNews in Edmonton, called out the obvious age difference separating LaFlamme and male head anchors' career ends.
Recent national anchor departures:— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) August 15, 2022
2011 - Lloyd Robertson retires as CTV anchor at age 77
2017- Peter Mansbridge retires as CBC anchor at age 69
2022- Lisa LaFlamme contract cancelled by CTV at age 58.
Even prominent names outside of the media landscape have condemned Bell and CTV over the firing, including celebrated humanitarian General Roméo Dallaire, former MPPs Cheri DiNovo and Dr. Rima Berns-McGown, and former House of Commons member Jane Philpott.
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