Lisa LaFlamme Biography

Lisa LaFlamme OC OOnt is a Canadian television journalist who was formerly the chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News. She was born on July 25, 1964, and holds the honorary titles of OC and OOnt. On September 5, 2011, she was the one who took over for Lloyd Robertson in this role. Previously, LaFlamme worked for CTV National News as a substitute host and as a news international affairs correspondent. The decision to move the program in a “different direction” was cited as the reason for CTV’s August 2022 announcement that it would be terminating its contract for “business reasons.”

Following LaFlamme’s departure from CTV, Rogers Media made the announcement on September 9, 2022, that it had hired her as a special correspondent for CityNews, with the primary responsibility of reporting on Elizabeth II’s passing and funeral.

Early life 

David and Kathleen LaFlamme brought their first child into the world in the city of Kitchener, in the province of Ontario, Canada. She received her high school diploma from St. Mary’s and then continued her education at the University of Ottawa.

Career 

David and Kathleen LaFlamme brought their first child into the world in the city of Kitchener, in the province of Ontario, Canada. She received her high school diploma from St. Mary’s, and then continued her education at the University of Ottawa.

TV National News 

In 2003, LaFlamme became a member of the CTV National News team, initially serving as a foreign correspondent and later as Lloyd Robertson’s backup anchor. She reported on a variety of international events and conflicts, including the terrorist attacks on September 11 and the subsequent Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, the Arab Spring in Cairo, Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, and the election of Pope Francis in 2013. In addition, LaFlamme has covered each and every federal election in Canada since 1997, as well as each and every Olympic Game since 2006, including, most recently, the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008 and the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. She covered the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 from London, as well as the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal weddings of Prince William and Catherine Middleton as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Laflamme has conducted interviews with many notable people from Canada, including former Prime Ministers Paul Martin, Jean Chrétien, and Brian Mulroney, Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen Harper, plus current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his mother Margaret Trudeau, members of the Canadian royal family, such as Prince Andrew, the Duchess of York, and Prince Harry, the latter for the Toronto’s Invictus Games and during the London Olympics, as well as celebrities from other countries, such as Sir Paul McC She has also conducted interviews with Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, and Alex Trebek. Boris Johnson, who was the Mayor of London at the time, Conrad Black, a former businessman, Colin Powell, and John Kerry have all been interviewed by her.

After Robertson left the show in September 2011, LaFlamme was elevated to the role of sole anchor to fill Robertson’s shoes. In June of 2022, LaFlamme was informed by Bell Media, the parent company of CTV, that her contract would not be renewed and that Omar Sachadena would replace her as the anchor of CTV News. Sachadena would take over for LaFlamme.

Dismissal

LaFlamme posted a video on Twitter on the 15th of August, 2022, in which she explained that her contract had been terminated and said that she had been “blindsided” by the decision made by Bell Media. According to Jesse Brown of Canadaland, LaFlamme was fired by Michael Melling, a vice president at Bell Media. The two men reportedly had a disagreement over the budget to cover the conflict in the Ukraine and Russia. According to sources within the company, while Melling was the one who made the decision, it was approved by Karine Moses, senior vice-president of content development and news; Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Media; and Mirko Bibic, president and chief executive officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. After that, Bibic stated “We are at a crossroads in which viewing behaviors have changed dramatically and traditional broadcasting is under severe stress worldwide. This has put traditional broadcasting in a precarious position. We can’t continue to rely on traditional broadcasting in this day and age of falling ratings and expanding online platforms all over the world. The days are long gone when viewers had to wait until 11 o’clock at night to get their news. Although some people may be resistant to change, it is inevitable and we need to face this fact. Bell Media must provide our journalists with the resources they require on all platforms where news is consumed in order for them to work in an integrated and aligned manner that is dedicated to a common strategy. The CTV national news team must also work in such a way that it is integrated and aligned “. This realignment would result in a number of changes, one of which is that breaking news would no longer be covered first on CTV National News; instead, it would be published on the CTV News website. Other changes would also be implemented. Because she “had a legacy contract that paid way more than the current market rate,” LaFlamme was also likely a target for those who advocated for cost-cutting at Bell Canada.

LaFlamme “was offered many options to come back and to do many things, which she declined, and I respect that,” Moses said, adding that LaFlamme “was given the opportunity to have a proper on-air sendoff,” but “opted not to say goodbye to the public.” Moses also noted that LaFlamme “opted not to say goodbye to the public.” Some of LaFlamme’s former coworkers at CTV mentioned that she and senior producer Rosa Hwang were responsible for creating a hostile working environment. LaFlamme made the announcement of her departure via Twitter, which was deemed to be “quick, cold, and calculating.” In addition, LaFlamme’s reputation among the executives at Bell likely suffered as a result of inaccurate reporting that led to the resignation of Patrick Brown as the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party. Brown sued CTV for libel, and the case was only recently resolved. Brown’s lawsuit was only recently settled.

The accusations of misogyny, sexism, and ageism, as well as the “furore over LaFlamme’s termination,” were discussed in the public debate, as reported by The Guardian correspondent Leyland Cecco. In a statement that was made public, Bell Media stated that they would “be taking steps to initiate an independent, third-party internal workplace review.” According to allegations made by Robyn Doolittle of The Globe and Mail, a “senior CTV official” told her that they were witnesses to a meeting in which “Mr. Melling asked who had approved the decision to ‘let Lisa’s hair go grey.'” On set one day, he made the observation that Ms. LaFlamme’s hair was taking on a purple hue as a result of the lighting in the studio, which brought up the issue of her hair color once again.” Both Carol Off and Melissa Fung have posited that the dismissal of LaFlamme was motivated by sexism in some way. CTV stated that Melling went on leave on August 26 with immediate effect in order to “spend time with his family.” However, the chief executive officer of BCE Inc., Mirko Bibic, contradicted CTV’s explanation by stating that the leave was “pending the outcome of the workplace review that is proceeding.” Melling went on leave on August 26. CTV newsroom journalists have written a letter to Bibic, the board of directors of BCE, and the president of the company, in which they “express a lack of confidence in Mr. Melling’s leadership,” “serious concerns” over the firing of LaFlamme, and “toxic work culture that has developed at CTV over the past eight months.”

In order to show their support for LaFlamme, the Canadian branch of the Wendy’s restaurant chain made the decision on August 25 to dye their girl mascot’s hair gray rather than red. Although Dove Canada did not specifically mention LaFlamme, the company did ask its followers to convert their photos to grayscale to show their support for women who are aging gracefully and announced a donation of $100,000 to Catalyst, an organization that promotes inclusive workplaces. The official Twitter account for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit retweeted the cover of its Maye Musk issue, which features another model with gray hair, and mentioned the publication’s support for the Dove campaign.

CityNews 

On September 9, 2022, Rogers Media made the announcement that it had hired LaFlamme to cover the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the legacy she left behind as a special correspondent. She will be reporting for CityNews and its platforms from London while she is there.

Timeline 

  • 1988: joined CKCO as copy writer and script assistant 
  • 1989–1999: Radio News Reporter for CFCA/AM109
  • 1991–1997: Reporter and Anchor for CKCO
  • 1997–1998: Weekend Anchor/Reporter for CTV NEWS NET
  • 1997–1998: Consumer Reporter, CTV News
  • 1998–2000: Prime News Anchor for CTV Newsnet (now CTV News Channel)
  • 2000–2001: Parliamentary Correspondent, CTV News
  • 2001–2003: Co-host of Canada AM
  • 2003–2010: National Affairs Correspondent, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson
  • 2010: Appointed successor to Lloyd Robertson as full-time anchor of CTV National News 
  • 2011–2022: Chief Anchor and Senior Editor CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme 
  • 2022-present: Special correspondent for CityNews. 

Volunteer work 

A CTV News report in June 2019 detailed the humanitarian work done by LaFlamme: 

LaFlamme volunteers with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and has travelled with the organization to the Democratic Republic of Congo to mentor and train young journalists. She has championed a program that allows eligible CTV News staff journalists to participate in JHR missions around the world. LaFlamme is also an ambassador of PLAN International, travelling to remote areas to promote child rights, and she volunteers with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, which works to advance education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families.

Awards 

  • In addition to winning multiple RTDNA awards and one Galaxi Award in 1999 from the Canadian Cable Television Association, LaFlamme has been nominated for the Gemini award in the category of Best News Anchor five times over the course of his career.
  • LaFlamme was honored with a Canadian Screen Award in the categories of “Best National Newscast” and “Best News Anchor” for her work with CTV National News in March of 2014. In 2016, she was inducted into the Order of Ontario and given the title of member. 2019 marks the year that Lisa was invested as an officer in the Order of Canada.
  • Late in the month of June 2019, it was announced that LaFlamme had been named one of 83 Canadians to the position of Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.). According to a news report, this honor “recognizes LaFlamme for her contributions to journalism and news broadcasting, as well as her support and promotion of human rights.”
  • The University of Windsor (2018), the University of Ottawa (2014), and Wilfrid Laurier University are among the institutions that have awarded her honorary degrees (2006).