Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kevin Crull apologizes for interfering with CTV news coverage

Kevin Crull , president of BCE Inc's Bell Media unit, apologized on Wednesday for interfering in editorial coverage after his company was harshly rebuked by the CRTC.
The apology came after the Globe and Mail reported that Crull told the head of CTV News not to conduct or air interviews with CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais after the regulator had just ruled it would force distributors to unbundle cable TV packages, a decision that could prove financially painful for Bell. Crull acknowledged in a statement he reached out to the CTV News leadership team about the focus of coverage.
"It was wrong of me to be anything but absolutely clear that editorial control always rests with the news team. I have apologized to the team directly for this mistake," he said, describing his action as an "intrusion."
The CRTC had issued a harshly worded statement about the matter earlier on Wednesday. 

Link to comprehensive Star story

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