TV stations won't report that CTV news viewers are furious over ouster of Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen

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      The local CTV affiliate in Vancouver has a monstrous public-relations problem on its hands.

      Yesterday, it announced that its 6 p.m. news anchors, Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart, are going to be replaced.

      That led to a whole lot of fury on websites around the city, including this one.

      Killeen is respected as a serious journalist by his admirers.

      Taggart is deeply loved for her charity work, her openness about having a child with a disability, and her public battle overcoming cancer.

      Tamara Taggart wore plaid on the air to support the Plaid for Dad fundraising campaign to fight prostate cancer.
      Mike Killeen

      Last night, I decided to watch the late-night local newscasts to see how this story is being covered on the tube.

      Much to my surprise, I didn't see a mention of it on Global B.C., CBC, or CTV.

      It appears that Global and CBC don't want to acknowledge the existence of Killeen and Taggart, even though their departures are a topic of conversation around water coolers across the Lower Mainland.

      And CTV didn't appear to want to draw attention to its ouster of two of its most popular employees.

      Meanwhile, former Global B.C. morning host Steve Darling has announced on his Linkedin profile that he's leaving Sportsnet 650.

      That's because he has "accepted another offer and you will be seeing me soon".

      Former B.C. Liberal candidate Steve Darling is leaving Sportsnet 650, fuelling speculation that he might join CTV in Vancouver.

      Darling ran and lost for the B.C. Liberals in Burnaby-Lougheed in the 2017 provincial election.

      There's no word on whether he's going to return to the television airwaves at CTV News at Six, but it's a distinct possibility.

      If Darling joins the 6 p.m. CTV newscast, he won't be the first former Global refugee to make this jump.

      CTV's Mi-Jung Lee also used to work for Global, as did former CTV anchor Pamela Martin.

      Like Darling, Martin also became enmeshed in the B.C. Liberal politics, working as the director of outreach for former premier Christy Clark.

      They're not the only ones. Former Global B.C. reporter Jas Johal was elected as a Liberal MLA in 2017 and former CBC TV news Victoria bureau chief Steve Housser ran twice as a B.C. Liberal candidate on Vancouver Island.

      Another former CBC TV news Victoria bureau chief, Stephen Smart, worked as Clark's press secretary. He later helped Todd Stone's B.C. Liberal leadership bid.

      So if Killeen and Taggart are feeling bummed out right now about losing positions on the anchor desk, they might want to consider launching a new career in politics.

      That's because the B.C. Liberals appear to have a long-standing love affair with the broadcast media in our province.

      After all, their former premier, Christy Clark, was once a talk-show host for a radio station now joined at the hip with Johal's former employer.

      It's a small world, isn't it?