Lisa LaFlamme: Controversial Termination | JDM

The surprise firing of CTV National News host Lisa LaFlamme sent shock waves across English Canada and even abroad. Thanked after 35 years of service, the boss of antenna star receives a lot of encouragement in the newspapers and on social networks.

Renowned news anchor Lisa LaFlamme announced her sudden departure from CTV via Twitter video Monday. At 58 and after 35 years of service, she learned that she would be replaced by 39-year-old journalist Omar Sachedina.

His video, posted on Twitter, quickly went viral and sparked strong reactions, such as that of Canadian journalist and public figure Johanna Schneller: “Shame on Bell Media. Lisa LaFlamme deserved better. »


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Photo from @lisalaflamme’s Twitter account

The acclaimed news anchor (whose departure may evoke emotions similar to those experienced by Quebecers when Bernard Derome and Pierre Bruneau retired) shares her surprise and sadness at being so recklessly fired by Bell Media (CTV’s owner).

“For 35 years I’ve had the privilege of being welcomed into your homes every night to deliver the news, so I thought you should hear that from me,” she said. On June 29, I was informed that Bell Media – and I quote – “made a business decision to terminate my contract,” abruptly ending my long career at CTV News. I was surprised, shocked and saddened by this decision. »

The video has so far received 4.2 million views, 79,800 likes and 16,100 comments, almost all positive. Reactions also took the form of open letters from outraged readers calling out against sexism and ageism in newspapers, including The Globe and the Mail.

A decision by Bell Media

In a statement on Monday, Bell Media said Omar Sachedina would replace her on September 5, citing “changing viewing habits” and explaining that this would take the show and anchor it “in a different direction”.

Still, Lisa LaFlamme’s newscast is one of the most popular in Canada, according to the latest Numeris data. These numbers raise questions about Bell Media’s decision to suddenly terminate Lisa LaFlamme’s contract.


Lisa LaFlamme chose to keep her natural hair color.

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Lisa LaFlamme chose to keep her natural hair color.

Rumors circulate in the newspapers of English Canada suggesting a case of cleaning up a toxic workplace here, and a controversial report there prompting Patrick Brown to resign as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

In this regard contacted by The newspaperthe journalism professor at the UQAM Jean-Hugues Roy does not hesitate to speak of age discrimination against women.

“I find it deeply unfair that women experience such injustices,” he said. Would Mrs. LaFlamme have received the same treatment if she had been a man? I do not think so. Would she still be here if she were a man? I think so. In general, men are free to go alone. We seem to be retreating. »

Bell Media did not respond to an interview request from protocol.

The age of TV presenters when they retire

  • Lloyd Robertson: He retired from CTV in 2011 at the age of 77.
  • Peter Mansbridge: He retired from CBC in 2017 at the age of 69.
  • in Quebec, Pierre Bruneau Retired in June at the age of 70.
  • Bernhard Deroma retired in December 2008 at the age of 64.

They react on social networks


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The firing of Lisa LaFlamme is despicable and particularly badly handled by Bell Media. I would like to pay tribute to a renowned presenter. Lisa LaFlamme has been a rock solid at the helm of CTV National News. big loss And great discomfort…”

– Esther Bégin, presenter, presenter and documentary filmmaker


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35 years as a journalist and news anchor for a national prime-time news program… And so we told her that she made the decision for her, that it was the end…”

– Anne-Marie Withenshaw, animator


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I have always appreciated and respected Lisa LaFlamme. Here’s an example of a dignified farewell…even if it wasn’t her decision, she explains. Respect. »

– Patrice Roy, news anchor


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I’m really sorry, Lisa. »

– Céline Galipeau, presenter at Téléjournal

“Shame on Bell Media. Lisa LaFlamme deserved better. »

– Johanna Schneller, columnist The Globe and Mail

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