CTV's Michael Melling replaced months after Lisa LaFlamme departure

Dec 19 2022, 8:28 pm

Michael Melling, the man reportedly responsible for the firing of Lisa LaFlamme, has been reassigned, according to a statement from Bell Media.

The news was one of the biggest stories of 2022, as Canadians became ensnared by anything related to the ex-CTV national reporter.

Melling took a leave from Bell Media after LaFlamme was let go in August.

At that time, an internal memo to staff about Melling’s decision to take a leave stated that it reflected “our shared desire to support the newsroom and do what’s best to help the team move past the current circumstances.”

“Michael Melling has been reassigned to VP Shared Services, and will not be returning to CTV’s news operations,” read an internal memo that The Star obtained.

In the meantime, the memo states that Melling has been replaced by the interim vice president of news, Richard Gray.

Bell Media says a third-party review of the CTV National newsroom was conducted. The goal of the review was to identify concerns and issues, including areas that it could improve.

Daily Hive reached out to Bell Media for comment, which it has provided:

“Today, we shared with our CTV National News team members the results of the independent third-party review of the newsroom. We had very high participation from team members and we thank them for their willingness to participate and their candour,” the statement said.

“We are committed to the action plan shared with employees that seeks to address the issues raised, and look forward to working together on creating a better, more inclusive and positive work environment.We can confirm Michael Melling has been reassigned to VP Shared Services, and will not be returning to any of CTV’s News operations. Richard Gray, interim VP, News, is taking on the role on a permanent basis.”

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