Many are questioning the abrupt termination of longtime CTV anchor Lisa LaFlamme after a new memo revealed that former vice president of news at Bell Media, Michael Melling, has been permanently replaced.
"Michael Melling has been reassigned to VP Shared Services, and will not be returning to CTV's news operations," read an internal memo from Bell Media. Richard Gray, Interim VP, has been assigned to Melling's role on a permanent basis.
After LaFlamme's termination, Melling received backlash and was accused of sexism and ageism in the role of the shakeup.
Since the release of the memo, many are wondering why Melling was reassigned to a new role instead of getting fired like Lisa LaFlamme was. People are also questioning whether this means Lisa LaFlamme would be returning to CTV News.
Audiences aren't happy with CTV's decision
Be less like Rachel Gilmore, and more like Lisa LaFlamme.
— Mark Slapinski 🇵🇱 (@mark_slapinski) December 19, 2022
Nice to see Michael Melling gone but he should never have been allowed to cause the damage in the first place. https://t.co/J3MzLsj1Tq
— scott dagostino (@scottdagostino) December 20, 2022
— Dave Agar (@dave1agar) December 19, 2022
— MaryKatharine 🇨🇦 🙏 😷 (@MaryKatharine) December 20, 2022
— Sarah Bee🐝 (@BirrelleBee) December 20, 2022
— Anne Choy (@annechoy) December 20, 2022
So this was a bigger story than the cover up of the Hunter Biden laptop (and associated information)?? Maybe Lisa LaFlamme would have reported on both stories since both are newsworthy. No one plays in the middle any more, which is sad... https://t.co/41SZuBBuQN
— Chris 'C.LO' Loizou (@chrisloizou) December 12, 2022
I hope CTV’s ratings have suffered since they axed Lisa. 🇨🇦
— BKBelton (@bk_belton) December 19, 2022
— Erin Davis (@erindavis) December 19, 2022