April 25, 2013 - 3:50 PM
UPDATE: AM 1150 news reader back on air after election
4:50 p.m. April 25
Mark Burley of AM 1150 says news reader Wendy McLeod will be back to her regular broadcasts after the May election. When asked if McLeod would be fired for doing volunteer work with the B.C. Liberal party Burley said, "Absolutely not, no."
“I can't speak to internal contracts," Burley said, when asked if McLeod's association with a politial party violates her employment agreement.
"As soon as we found out, that's when we pulled her off the air," he says. Because McLeod is a news reader, he says, "she's never been in a position to make editiorial decisions."
Over the next few weeks McLeod will be off the air, until the election campaign is over.
“We'll just move people around in the newsroom,” Burley says.
3:50 p.m. April 25
A news anchor for a local radio station in Kelowna had her broadcast cut short today. According to a CBC report, it was discovered anchor Wendy McLeod of AM1150 had been volunteering with the B.C. Liberal Party.
Brand Director for AM 1150 Mark Burley told CBC today, ""Well, we knew she was volunteering. We didn't know in what capacity. It wasn't until we found out today she was in communications."
It appears McLeod had been writing press releases and providing communications assistance for Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick.
More to come.
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