Anchor gone, along with weekend newscast for CTV News Vancouver Island, amid Bell cuts

CTV News Vancouver Island’s weekend newscast appears to have been axed as part of Bell Media’s restructuring plan, which has cut jobs for more than 200 employees in Canada.

Alanna Kelly, who worked as a journalist and weekend anchor at CTV VI, tweeted on Wednesday: “I’m gutted to be part of this corporate restructuring after pouring myself into my work 24/7. “My time with Bell was short but I’m proud of my stories and the people they represented.”

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The weekend newscast has been cancelled, she said. “It was a point of pride for me, and hopefully that was reflected in our viewers.”

The link to Kelly’s profile on the CTV VI ­website has been taken down.

The newscast previously ran at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. seven days a week. Its 5 p.m. newscast runs Monday through Friday.

Bell Media is part of BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada division, Canada’s largest telecommunications company. Operations include the CTV television network, specialty TV channels, radio stations and production studios. The total number of employees who have lost jobs was unclear Wednesday.

cjwilson@timescolonist.com

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