Lisa LaFlamme’s abrupt CTV exit ‘one of the biggest Canadian business mistakes in 2022,’ viewers, colleagues say

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Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends an interview with Lisa Laflamme at CTV studio during an election campaign visit to Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends an interview with Lisa Laflamme at CTV studio during an election campaign visit to Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The news that longtime CTV anchor Lisa LaFlamme would not have her contract renewed is leaving her viewers, and fellow journalists, shocked and saddened. People took to social media to express their outrage and regret that the popular media personality would not be returning to the CTV National News anchor chair.

In a video posted to her social media, LaFlamme says she was “blindsided” by the move, which Bell Media is calling a business decision.

Colleagues from all across Canadian media, as well as many viewers, tweeted their support and surprise, with some questioning the manner in which her departure was executed and announced.

In a press release, CTV said LaFlamme’s contract ending is a result of "changing viewer habits.” National affairs correspondent Omar Sachedina will take over her position.