The video below shows some bickering between a protester on Burnaby Mountain, Mel Clifton, and Jas Johal, then a Global TV reporter.
They were arguing over how Johal and his station were covering environmental and natural-resource issues.
Clifton complained that Global was biased, whereas Johal responded that he worked for the only station investing money to address these topics.
The timing of the video is intriguing. It was posted on YouTube on September 3.
On September 18, Johal gave his notice to Global TV that he was leaving his job to work in the energy business.
Johal became director of communications with the BC LNG Alliance in October.
He's a familiar face to many British Columbians after his 23-year reporting career. I felt that he sometimes asked tougher questions of newsmakers than other TV reporters, which made some of his stories more engaging than those filed by other journalists.
Johal won a 2013-14 media fellowship from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, enabling him to produce a documentary addressing energy security in Asia. This came after he had been stationed in New Delhi and Beijing and had reported for Global across Asia.
Johal's fellowship concerned "Delivering Canadian Energy Resources to Asian Markets and the Implications for British Columbia", according to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada website.
When the program aired on Global TV in February, it was called Our Energy Future.
Meanwhile, the BC LNG Alliance announced in November that the world's largest publicly traded energy company, ExxonMobil, has become a member.
The energy giant has a licence to export up to 30 million tonnes of LNG per year, according to an alliance news release.
If Mel Clifton reads this article, I'm sure he would have lots to say about that.
I've done TV reporting in the past and it's extremely gruelling work. So I'm not going to criticize Johal's decision to leave the business at this point in his life.
I merely wrote this post to provide context behind the video at the top of this article and to show how Johal made the transition from hard-nosed news reporter to key publicist for B.C.'s LNG industry.
It's a story that plays out repeatedly in the media. High-profile journalists decide they've had enough of the business and use their communications skills working for unions, business associations, self-governing professional societies, corporations, public-relations firms, or the government.
A few, like Kelowna mayor Colin Basran or Liberal MP Chrystia Freeland, successfully make the switch to politics, but that's a far less common route. Others end up teaching future journalists and still others sell real estate.
So far, I haven't heard of any former journalists working as stockbrokers or insurance advisers.