Jill Krop moves up at Global BC and Kevin Crull moves out as president of Bell Media

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      Veteran news anchor and TV host Jill Krop has been appointed news director and station manager at Global BC.

      The news came out in a tweet from another Global BC anchor, Sophie Lui.

      The Straight called the newsroom for details, but Krop wasn't available for comment.

      Krop, a graduate from the BCIT broadcast journalism program in the mid 1980s, launched her journalism career at CKPG in Prince George. She spent six years working in Halifax before being hired at CHEK TV in Victoria in 1994.

      Three years later, Krop settled in at BCTV (now Global BC), where she hosts Unfiltered on BC 1.

      Shaw Media announces restructuring

      Global News is a division of Shaw Media, which has announced major changes in the delivery of news across Canada.

      “We’re actually rolling out a plan to shift the news organization in a bigger way to a story-centric production model and that means moving past some of the traditional ways we’ve produced television newscasts, to one where we touch the content once, make sure that it is best-catered for the audience and then deliver it,” Troy Reeb, Shaw Media's senior vice president of news and station operations, told Global News Thursday.

      It means late-night and weekend newscasts in Kelowna and east of Alberta will be done in Toronto. Reeb claimed that this will "actually increase reporting assets at the front line" even as he acknowledged that the transformation will result in layoffs.

      He estimated that fewer than 30 people across the country will lose their jobs.

      “The advertising market has changed drastically and its ability to support certain types of news consumption is shifting to more online and digital platforms," Reeb said. "We want to be able to follow our audience there.”

      In its last quarter, Shaw Media posted $307 million in revenues compared to $325 million in the same quarter last year. 

      Operating income before amortization in the corporation's media division fell from $137 million to $119 million over the same period.

      Kevin Crull takes a hike from Bell Media

      In other media news, the owner of the CTV network, Bell Canada, announced that the president of its media division, Kevin Crull, is leaving the company.

      It came after he had apologized to Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Corp. chair Jean-Pierre Blais for banning him from appearing on the CTV national news.

      "The independence of Bell Media's news operations is of paramount importance to our company and to all Canadians," Bell Canada CEO George Cope said in a statement.

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      Al J

      Apr 9, 2015 at 11:14pm

      Congratulations Jill, wish you the best!!

      Bonnie

      Apr 17, 2015 at 5:25pm

      Sorry to see Jill go, but happy for her progress in the industry......however, if Leigh is the one who will be taking over for her, than you have lost a viewer, as Leigh either has too many teeth in her mouth, or she practices OVERPRONOUNCIATION of all her words which is so annoying. I have already stopped viewing on Global for the weekend for the same reason.....please, please, please, find someone who is more personable like Jill or Lynn, otherwise, CTV will be my new station to watch.

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