‘I’ve cried every day’: Lisa LaFlamme talks about the aftermath of her CTV exit

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London—Need another Lisa LaFlame fix? You’ve come to the right place.

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There’s a story going on about one of those days when Bell media was — and we mean literally — trying to clear their former national anchor from the picture.

A Bell executive apparently tried to remove a giant framed photo of LaFlame from the entrance to the wall in the lobby of CTV’s Agincourt studio. But it fought back.


Sources say that no matter how much the executive huffed and whispered and dragged and shook, the picture did not budge. It was, shall we say, hung up nicely. They only managed to break the frame, the torn edge of the metal fell to the floor.

I have photo proof of the broken frame.

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Whoever saw or heard it rebuked it, although the executive was not laughing. In fact, CTV News and Vine have been turned into laughter in the broadcasting biz, as Lisa’s story was spread many miles across American and European networks, including the New York Times and The Washington Post. It still has legs; They’re still talking about it in the station’s newsroom, and TV viewers are still vowing to never watch the Lisa-less night program again.

At the center of this epic corporate mess is a huge big hole where the explanation needs to be.

Was it his age, creeping in towards 60? Was it her hair, that allowed her to turn a beautiful silver during the pandemic – and that executive nose turned up, we know who approved it? Was this, ahem, a “business decision”? (Taking a severance—with a multi-award-winning journalist with two years remaining on her contract—doesn’t make a whole lot of business sense if the aim was to streamline costs in a financially challenging industry.) Was it LaFlame? was. Too big for her breeches, a newsroom diva who ignored suits and demanded an exorbitant budget for her show? (Still a cockamami and short-sighted decision.)

Or was it just your original malice?

If Lisa knows the answer, and I don’t think she does, she’s not going to tell me about a beer in a London pub.

She talks – for the first time – about how painful this whole experience has been, about how she hid in the hut for two months, away from the mad crowd, and mostly pulled the cover over her head, psychic and a The emotional disintegration of a stellar career faded away.

“I’ve cried every day.”

It was news that he broke himself from a 2:16 video posted on Twitter. By the way, the source – not Lisa – tell me that this did not blind the execution, since both a transcript and a copy were already provided to the boss.

As she is in London to cover the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, journalists from CNN, Eurovision, along with American networks, have contacted Lisa, who have expressed their shock and support. When TV viewers who recognize him come to say how angry they are about the inappropriate and inexplicable firing, “I have to cut the conversation because I get so upset.” and the fact that He The story has become dizzy instead of reporting the story. “The kindness of the people has been tremendous, comforting and 100 percent genuine.”

But at least she was here, reporting for Citynews as a freelance “special correspondent.”

The day the Queen died – an event for which Lisa and her usual CTV crew had long prepared for Buckingham Palace recognition, after covering the Sovereign’s Platinum Jubilee in late spring – “I can’t breathe could take.” Thinking he had no employer, no journalism path, was painful. “I was desperate. Here’s the biggest story of our lives and I didn’t even have a job.”

Walking around the hut, he said to himself: “I have to do something. I have to go.”

His British-born mother, Kathleen Laflamme, urged: “Just get on a plane and go and find out when you land.”

Lisa packed up and headed back to Toronto. During the campaign, one of Rogers’s managers approached an entirely different matter – Rogers Sports & Media, the parent company of CityNews. But conversations soon began: Would she be interested in covering the story for him? Uh, the Pope is Catholic? hell yeah. “He threw me a lifeline and I grabbed him. I felt human again.”

A different gig known as a national anchor working for a local station. Localizing the lead, as Lisa put it. And he had a provision. “That I was not taking anybody’s job. It was very important to me.”

Soon after arriving in his driveway, he booked a flight for a late evening. Then she hit the ground running while doing what she did for three decades on CTV: found the luggage, stood in front of a camera – a new crew, unknown to her – and reported the story over the next 10 days, including a There is an eight-hour live broadcast on Monday. The ratings of CityNews are skyrocketing, say sources.

What comes next, Lisa has no clue, though she is committed to co-hosting next week’s Journalists for Human Rights Gala in Toronto, along with Jane Arden.

“I don’t know how to recreate life. But you can’t take reporting from someone’s blood. I’m grateful to CityNews because I only have to do what I’ve ever done.”

“When a big story breaks, that’s all you can see. I honestly can’t look further than this right now.”

I doubt we’ll see Lisa LaFlame again on a TV screen somewhere.

And CTV can eat away at their cold corporate heart.

Rosie DiManno is a Toronto-based columnist covering sports and current affairs for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @rdimanno

Source: www.thestar.com

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