Tuesday, September 27

CityNews hires Lisa LaFlamme as special correspondent

CityNews has announced it has hired veteran news anchor Lisa LaFlamme as a special correspondent to lead its coverage of the death and legacy of Queen Elizabeth.

LaFlamme made headlines across the country last month when she was fired from her job as chief information officer for CTV National News. The move sparked widespread speculation as to whether LaFlamme was fired for political reasons or if she was a victim of ageism at work.

CTV said the decision to terminate LaFlamme’s contract was due to “changing viewing habits”. Bell Media, owner of CTV, later said it regretted how LaFlamme’s departure had been handled, and the company announced it would launch an internal, third-party review of its newsroom.

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LaFlamme’s new employer, CityNews, said she would travel to London to provide daily television and radio reporting on Queen Elizabeth’s legacy and the transition to the reign of King Charles, and lead the live coverage of the Queen’s funeral.

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

“As this second Elizabethan era draws to a close, I can only say how truly honored I am to help tell the story of her life and the legacy she leaves.”

Rogers Sports and Media, the parent company of CityNews, said LaFlamme’s reporting will be available across all of its platforms.

“Media coverage of such a pivotal moment in history is essential to fulfilling our mission to keep Canadians connected and informed, and Lisa LaFlamme’s incredible talent and wealth of experience is worthy of a event of this magnitude,” Rogers President Colette Watson said.