Kevin Crull Out As President Of Bell Media
April 10, 2015 at 3:54 AM (PT)
BELL MEDIA Pres. KEVIN CRULL has exited from his position in the wake of a controversy in which he tried to bar BELL's CTV network news from giving airtime to CRTC Chairman JEAN-PIERRE BLAIS.
CRULL allegedly ordered CTV news staffers not to cover BLAIS after the agency changed its cable rules to force operators to offer a la carte channels and low-cost packages, a move that was widely decried as an improper interference with news coverage. CRULL issued an apology on MARCH 25th but the controversy remained until CRULL's exit on THURSDAY.
CRULL is being replaced as President by Group Pres./Media Sales, Local TV and Radio MARY ANN TURCKE. Parent BELL CANADA/BCE INC. Chief Brand Manager WADE OOSTERMAN adds Group President duties for the parent companies, with CRULL among division Presidents reporting to him.
BELL CANADA and BCE INC. Pres./CEO GEORGE COPE said, "KEVIN CRULL departs BELL with our thanks for his contributions to our customers and shareholders. 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."