Bell Media has lost its top dog just weeks after a controversy over his interference with news coverage of the CRTC.
On March 19, the CRTC released new rules allowing Canadians greater flexibility in what they choose to pay for through cable and satellite packages. According to a news report in The Globe and Mail a week later, Kevin Crull, the president of Bell Media, interfered in how that story was covered.
In addition to owning a large portion of Canada's legacy media properties, Bell also owns Bell Fibe and Bell Satellite, two services that would affected, likely negatively, by the CRTC decision. Crull's move was wide criticized.
In a statement Bell Media's parent company, BCE, said the departure is immediate.
"Kevin Crull departs Bell with our thanks for his contributions to our customers and shareholders," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. "Kevin has been a significant part of Bell's strategic transformation as he expanded Bell Media's leadership with major new investments in Canadian content, the successful integration of Astral and competitive innovations like CraveTV."
"However, the independence of Bell Media's news operations is of paramount importance to our company and to all Canadians. There can be no doubt that Bell will always uphold the journalistic standards that have made CTV the most trusted brand in Canadian news," said Mr. Cope.
Crull has been replaced by Mary Ann Turcke.
Watch Ezra Levant's take on Crull's intrusion.
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