Evan Solomon leaves CTV’s ‘Power Play’ for an editor’s job at a digital media company

Canadian journalist Evan Solomon is quitting his roles on CTV’s “Power Play” and “Question Period” to join a digital media company.

Solomon announced on Twitter on Monday that he had been hired as an editor at the online political journal Gzero Media and would be based in New York. He will also join the management committee of its owner, Eurasia Group. The position begins October 17.

CTV owner Bell Media said Solomon would continue to “regularly report” on Canadian politics and world affairs as the network’s special correspondent.

Bell Media will announce a new host for “Power Play” and “Question Period” in the coming weeks.

Solomon’s departure is the latest change in the ranks at CTV News which saw main anchor Lisa LaFlamme ousted from her role on the national evening newscast in August, in what the broadcaster described as a decision made on “evolving viewer habits.

LaFlamme’s exit drew widespread criticism which led CTV News executive Michael Melling to take time off. The broadcaster said a week after the controversy it “regrets” the way the situation was handled, pledging to launch a workplace review conducted by an independent party.

Solomon made a name for himself as the host of CBC’s “Power & Politics” before parting ways with the network in 2015 for actions they deemed “inconsistent” with their code of ethics.

A Toronto Star report published at the time alleged that he used his contacts to negotiate lucrative art contracts and collect huge fees.

Solomon later said, through his lawyer, that he never intentionally used his position at CBC to promote a private business partnership in which he was involved. He said he disclosed the company to CBC the same year the story went public.

In early 2016, Solomon joined Bell Media’s radio operations as the host of 580 News Talk Radio’s Ottawa Now, and several months later took on the role of host of Question period”. He became the host of “Power Play” in January 2020.

Gzero media is owned by political risk research and advisory firm Eurasia Group, founded by political scientist Ian Bremmer.

The media company takes its name from a term Bremmer helped popularize, which refers to a shake-up in global leadership that includes the weakening of collective powers such as the Group of Seven (G7) and the Group of 20 ( G20).

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 3, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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