April 09, 2015

Bell exec leaves after interfering in news coverage

Brian LilleyArchive

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 Crull has been replaced by Mary Ann Turcke.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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commented 2015-04-11 11:53:21 -0400
Idiots are everywhere, one does not need to look far to find one, The fact this Idiot made to an executive position does surprise me one bit. Good Riddance I say
commented 2015-04-10 18:50:25 -0400
What ever happened to journalistic integrity (code of ethics)? No longer a core value it appears.
commented 2015-04-10 14:22:50 -0400
Bell Media took over the local media outlets here in the BC northwest. Without know whether Bell would be any different from the previous owner on political correctness and/or left leaning, it was a wait and see. It hasn’t taken long to know Bell is left leaning, no better than CBC or any of the other Canadian Media! Will it help, replacing the CEO? How, the left bias isn’t simply skin deep, what we have here goes all the way to the core of political correctness with zero tolerance for transparent credibility in reporting.
commented 2015-04-10 10:19:45 -0400
Nothing will change, the left wing bias and anti-conservative agenda runs from top to bottom. Hell, at the CBC they don’t even make an attempt to covertly push their lefty agenda. So much for the CRTC’s so-called pick and pay, when they force me to pay the CBC, APTN, CTV and other crap that I haven’t watched for years.
commented 2015-04-10 08:02:26 -0400
old school bell still thinks they run the country – too bad Kevin has to learn the hard way

bell still owns the last mile and has a strong wireless network – commodity service where cost cutting is the way to growth – but has huge “value add” issues. constrained sharing of Bell owned content is stupid – it’s the internet stupid
commented 2015-04-10 05:50:46 -0400
“Anything Bell makes my blood boil.”

Bell? Blood boil? Sounds distinctly Pavlonian to me. :)
commented 2015-04-10 00:57:44 -0400
Anything Bell makes my blood boil. i’ve caught them, three times, in fraud. Each time, too small for me to sue over especially as I caught it and forced them to repay. But how many people don’t ever catch them? How much does Bell steal?
commented 2015-04-09 23:35:55 -0400
@bernard Dowling - I read an article last week that indicated Lisa LaFlamme objected. I was surprised to read this, but KUDOS to her.
commented 2015-04-09 21:00:13 -0400
Did any journalist at CTV tell management that hey would refuse to do what is being asked of them – because they are journalists?
commented 2015-04-09 19:53:42 -0400
Same shit…new fly.