Lisa LaFlamme, a former CTV National News host, broke her silence after she was let go by Bell Media, saying she was shocked and shocked by the “business decision” to terminate her contract after 35 years.
In a video published on TwitterThe Canadian journalist says she was informed on June 29 by Bell Media, the parent company of CTV News, that her contract would not be renewed and that the media outlet was going “in a different direction.”
“I was taken aback and I am still shocked and saddened by Bell Media’s decision,” said LaFlamme.
“I was also asked to keep this confidential from my colleagues and the public until the details of my departure could be resolved. That has now happened.”
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— Lisa LaFlamme (@LisaLaFlamme_) August 15, 2022
Born in Kitchener, LaFlamme’s career with CTV News spanned decades after being hired as a weekend news anchor at “CTV News Net” in 1997.
In 2010, LaFlamme was named to succeed Lloyd Robertson as full-time anchor of CTV National News. A year later, she was named Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of “CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme.”
In 2019, LaFlamme was announced as one of 83 Canadians named Officer of the Order of Canada.
“I want you to know that this is a confidence that I have never taken for granted,” LaFlamme said Monday. “As a reporter and as an anchor. I am eternally grateful to you, such loyal viewers, for sharing the belief that news delivered with integrity and truth strengthens our democracy.”
Omar Sachedina Appointed Chief News Anchor of CTV National News
In a press release via Bell Media, CTV has announced that Omar Sachedina was named Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV National News effective September 5.
Sachedina, 39, of Vancouver, British Columbia, is currently a National Affairs Correspondent for CTV News. He first joined CTV National News as a Toronto correspondent in 2009.
“I am honored to follow exemplary journalists, such as Lisa LaFlamme and Lloyd Robertson, who have had the privilege of anchoring this newscast and establishing it as a go-to resource for current events. And I am delighted to be working with our excellent and dedicated team in this new capacity,” said Sachedina via the press release.
“The daily contacts we have made with Canadians over the past six decades have been built on a foundation of reliable journalism, honesty, poise and integrity. I look forward to maintaining this and continuing to bring news Canadians rely on.”
Karine Moses, Senior Vice President of Content Development and News at Bell Media, called Sachedina “the ideal choice” to lead CTV National News.
“For more than a decade, he has played a key role in keeping Canadians informed about the latest news unfolding in Canada and around the world,” Moses said.
“Omar is an accomplished presenter who connects with our viewers, and with him at the helm, we’re excited to maintain CTV National News’ status as Canada’s most-watched national news.”
LaFlamme, 58, says she believes she has much more to offer in the industry.
“Instead, I leave CTV humbled by the people who have put their trust in me to tell their story. I think this is my signature from CTV, so I just want to say a big thank you to all of you.”