Crull Out As Bell Media President
CBJ – Thursday was Kevin Crull’s last day as president of Bell Media. The hasty departure was announced in a media release by parent company BCE after the close of the stock markets.
Crull’s sudden exit appears to be directly tied to a story that came out last month that revealed he attempted to issue a network-wide directive preventing CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais from being included in any CTV News coverage that night regarding the broadcast regulator’s ruling earlier that day on pick and pay cable TV that went against Bell’s wishes.
CTV is owned by Bell.
Several CTV journalists resisted and in some cases defied the troublesome instruction. When the story was released, it prompted Blais to publicly criticize Crull, who eventually apologized for his actions.
BCE thanked Crull for his contributions, but there was little doubt that the recent decision to attempt to censor the editorial news content at CTV was the primary reason for his exit.
“The independence of Bell Media’s news operations is of paramount importance to our company and to all Canadians,” BCE president George Cope said in a news release. “There can be no doubt that Bell will always uphold the journalistic standards that have made CTV the most trusted brand in Canadian news.”
Crull joined Bell in 2005 and became president of the media division in 2011, after BCE’s purchase of CTVGlobemedia.
Mary Ann Turcke has been named as Crull’s replacement. She is on the board at Queen’s University and is also a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.