A prominent CTV News reporter who was suspended after a woman made sexual misconduct allegations against him is no longer with the company, Bell Media said Tuesday.
A spokesman for the company confirmed the departure of Paul Bliss but refused to provide further details.
“We don’t comment on the specifics of individual employee matters,” Scott Henderson said in an email to The Canadian Press.
Bliss did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The allegations against him have not been verified by The Canadian Press.
The veteran reporter, who worked at CTV’s bureau at the Ontario legislature, was suspended in late January hours after the publication of a blog post containing allegations by Bridget Brown, who describes herself as a Calgary-based entrepreneur and former CTV employee.
Henderson, Bell Media’s vice president of communications, said at the time that Bliss had been suspended pending an investigation in light of the allegations.
In the blog post titled “MeToo in Canadian Broadcasting,” Brown detailed an alleged sexual incident involving an unnamed CTV reporter in the spring of 2006. She said she had reached out to the reporter she had met at a party a few weeks earlier to ask if he wanted to get coffee with her.
The reporter “suggested instead I come to his office after his shift,” Brown wrote, which she did.
After showing her around, they ended up in his office where, she said, he started kissing her and pushing on the top of her head. She said she told him she wasn’t interested and that he then allegedly performed a sex act in front of her.
Brown wrote that she had kept silent about the alleged incident for 12 years but had finally decided to go public in light of the #MeToo movement of women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and after reading about the resignation of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader amid sexual-misconduct allegations against him.
Brown refused to discuss the situation on Tuesday.
“I don’t think I have anything to say about it at this time,” Brown said.
Bliss’s biography on CTV’s website had described him as a “veteran reporter … and occasional anchor for CTV Toronto.” It said he has won 13 awards for his reporting, including the Edward R. Murrow International Award for Best News Series.