CTV News Vancouver announced today (April 9) that their newscasts will undergo major changes this month, starting today.
As part of what the station is calling "a top-to-tail refresh", CTV News at Six co-anchors Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart have been fired.
“Mike and Tamara are consummate professionals, and we wish them the very best on what’s to come,” CTV News Vancouver news director Les Staff stated in a news release.
Bell Media PR representative Matthew Garrow told the Georgia Straight that replacements for Killeen and Taggart, who will not remain with CTV, have not yet been announced.
Garrow said that Mi-Jung Lee will sit in as anchor for today's newscast.
Taggart and Killeen began as news anchors of CTV News at Six on January 3, 2011. They replaced Pamela Martin and Bill Good, who announced in December 2010 that they would be leaving after almost a decade.
Killeen was a former weekend anchor of CTV News at Six while Taggart was a CTV News weathercaster and cohosted Vancouver Breakfast.
Other news anchors at CTV will be moved into new timeslots with further details to come.
The changes come just over a year after CTV let long-time anchor Coleen Christie go. She was subsequently hired by Global B.C.
The biggest Bell Media purge in Vancouver, however, occurred in November 2015 when at least 18 staffers were reportedly let go, including metorologist Michael Kuss and sports reporter Perry Solkowski.
Meanwhile, Krissy Vann, formerly of the Weather Network, will join CTV News Vancouver as a weather anchor for weekend broadcasts.
Other changes will include new set designs, updates to on-set technology, and new digital products.
Reporter Penny Daflos will host BTS with CTV News Vancouver, the station's first podcast which will cover behind-the-scenes stories.
A new weather app is being launched that will feature B.C. weather news.
CTV News Vancouver confirmed that "McLaughlin On Your Side" and "The Last Word With Mike McCardell" will remain as segments featured in newscasts.More