Christy Clark removes Chris Olsen from her side

Will Chris Olsen attempt to be on your side again?

After nearly a year at B.C. Liberal premier Christy Clark's side, the former CTV News reporter is out of a job.

Global News reports the premier's office has confirmed the former host of the Olsen on Your Side segment was let go.

Global quotes this statement:

As part of a restructuring in the premier's office, the position of a Vancouver-based press secretary has been eliminated.

Effective immediately, all media enquiries should be directed to Shane Mills.

We thank Chris Olsen for his service over the past year and wish him well in his future endeavours.

It remains to be seen if Olsen will bounce back from political spin doctoring to journalism, furthering public cynicism about the media-political complex (the career moves of Bridgette Anderson, Belle Puri, and Jehnifer Benoit also come to mind) in B.C.

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Clive
The new consumer reporter that took Chris Olsen's place on the local news blows him out the water. Steele on Your Side is way more interesting and intelligent without Chris.
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cherylb
And how much is it going to cost us in severance?
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Jack W
LOL, No job is safe anymore, I think he will Steele his old job back, ha ha, so funny. Can he go back to CTV?
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Jack W
Breaking News CTV

Olsen Steeles job back.
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Moodier
Reading Consumer Reports findings on-air hardly makes you a consumer reporter.
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3ggg's
I think that' so sad....when someone leaves a good career for a promise that's swept out from one's feet - I hate that!
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Salary cap
This deal was done so the BC government can make room for Rick Nash
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Clive
If Christy is cleaning house then she should also dump her "Outreach Directors"; AKA as her luncheon group/pals Pamela Martin and Lorne Mayencourt. What exactly do those 2 do for $130,000 a year plus expenses?
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spartikus
Just another example of the cozy ties between B.C.'s media and the B.C. Liberal government. Reporters move in (and in this case move out) of government. B.C. Liberals move in and out of B.C. media, our Premier being the most famous example.
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Duck Mucks
Perhaps an Ambassadorship to a foreign posting will offered?

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A Chris Cross
BC government + BC media have been on the same page since the BC Liberals took over. Perhaps the news guy will be cross enough to actually get on with the news instead of fabricating it to get into bed with the Liberals and who is now suffering with a bad case of fleas.
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Just Wondering
Eh back up the truck here, I thought Olson was on our side!
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Norm Farrell
Now Rebecca Scott, wife of CBC Legislative Bureau Chief, is the only Press Secretary.

Does that make the conflict of interest even worse?
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ron sweett
Steele on your side does a fantastic job,Mr. Olsen should call Mr. G. Cambell for work.
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judi sommer
His crime? Apparently he was trying to deflect a reporter's question. Given Ms Clark's habit of "shooting first and then aiming" in her comments, he did her a favour. Ms Clark should look in the mirror to see where the real problem is. No press secretary can change this impulse.
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Christy who
How does Christy get to influence the media... This media source sucks...
Does government own the media... hmmm. Yes.
We are screwed unless we start to think outside the box...
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