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CityNews hires Lisa LaFlamme as special correspondent

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CityNews has hired veteran news anchor Lisa LaFlamme as a special correspondent to lead coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death and legacy.

LaFlamme herself made national headlines last month when she was fired as chief news anchor CTV National NewsThe move has sparked widespread speculation as to whether she was fired for political reasons or was a victim of age discrimination at work.

CTV said the decision to terminate LaFlamme’s contract was due to “changing audience habits”. Bell Media, which owns CTV, later said it regretted how LaFlamme’s resignation was handled and that it would initiate an independent workplace review by a third party in the newsroom.

CityNews, LaFlamme’s new employer, said it will travel to London to provide daily TV and radio reports on Queen Elizabeth’s legacy and King Charles’ transition into the reign, and will lead live coverage of the Queen’s funeral. I got

“The Queen is the only monarch most of us have ever known. We grew up with Her Majesty the Queen and mourn the loss of this remarkable and moving woman,” LaFlamme said in a statement released by CityNews. said.

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“As this second Elizabethan era comes to an end, I am truly honored to help tell the story of her life and the legacy she left behind.”

CityNews’ parent company, Rogers Sports and Media, said LaFlamme’s report will be available on all platforms.

Rogers President Colette Watson said: “The news coverage of such a pivotal moment in history is essential to achieving our mission of keeping Canadians connected and informed. , Lisa Laflam’s incredible talent and wealth of experience are well-deserved for an event of this magnitude.

It could be ‘really great’ for CityNews

Initial reaction to LaFlamme’s arrival has been positive among people inside and outside Rogers, says editor Connie Thiessen. broadcast dialoguea trade publication focused on Canadian broadcast media.

“This could be really great for the network,” she said, adding that this was a one-off special communications event.

“It has not yet been decided what the relationship with LaFlamme will be in the future.”

A spokesperson for Rogers confirmed to CBC News that for now, this is Laflam’s one-off temporary assignment.

“Our memorial coverage plan is now in focus, with Lisa leading CityNews coverage as a special correspondent until the funeral is over,” they said in a statement.

Thiessen said the public interest in LaFlamme’s departure from CTV News has been enormous.

“We’ve been making headlines for almost four weeks since that incident,” she said. “I can’t remember the last time an article about traditional television was talked about in such a long time.”

“Handling this from a public relations perspective is a lesson from all other networks on how to handle the extremely difficult transition from traditional TV-centric audiences to digital and on-demand offerings. .”

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