CTV Vancouver announced Monday it will introduce a host of changes in April, and began by letting go of the anchors for its 6 p.m. newscast.
In a press release, CTV News Vancouver news director Les Staff thanked Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen for "keeping Vancouverites informed about their city each and every day."
"Mike and Tamara are consummate professionals, and we wish them the very best on what's to come," Staff said.
This refresh is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to deliver the most trusted breaking news and valuable context behind the most significant stories of the day.Les Staff, news director
Other anchors will be shifted into new timeslots, according to the release. The station also announced that weather anchor Krissy Vann would be joining CTV News Vancouver to deliver weekend weather updates.
"This refresh is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to deliver the most trusted breaking news and valuable context behind the most significant stories of the day," Staff said.
Slammed on Twitter
Twitter users blasted the decision. Some said it was "the only reason" they chose CTV, and others vowed to start watching Global BC's newscast instead.
The ONLY reason I watched @CTVVancouver was for @tamarataggart and @Mike_Killeen. Good human beings, measured in tone, and involved in community. Horrible decision @CTVVancouver. You lost a family of viewers today. https://t.co/1KhRMk3xUw— liz byrne (@socialsgoddess) April 9, 2018
Hey @CTVVancouver I am done with you. @Mike_Killeen @tamarataggart were the LAST and ONLY reason I tuned in to your station. You got rid of them, I now happily get rid of you! I'm sure @GlobalBC will appreciate new viewers. #boycottCTVVancouver— Christopher Nelson (@chris24nelson) April 10, 2018
Hey @CTVVancouver just so you know, @tamarataggart and @Mike_Killeen are THE reason why I watch your show. If they're gone, so am I! And I stand by my word: haven't watched @globalnews once since their biased reporting during #bced strike. Your loss.— TheJourneyGenie (@TheJourneyGenie) April 10, 2018
Other recent changes at the station include the introduction of a behind-the-scenes podcast, and a weather app.
Taggart and Killeen have been hosting CTV News Vancouver's 6 p.m. newscast since January 2011, after the departure of Pamela Martin and Bill Good.
According to the Georgia Straight, Taggart and Killeen's replacements have not been announced. Veteran anchor Mi-Jung Lee sat in for Monday's broadcast.
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