Leslie Roberts quits Global TV after investigation
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Global Television’s senior news anchor Leslie Roberts has resigned, following a Torstar investigation into conflict of interest involving a public relations company he part owns. Guests of the PR firm appeared on his show with no disclosure.
“I am resigning my position as News Anchor and Executive Editor of Global Toronto effective immediately,” Roberts said in a brief statement.
“I regret the circumstances, specifically a failure to disclose information, which led to this outcome.”
Global conducted an internal investigation but would not say who conducted it. In a statement, Global said “Global News remains committed to balanced and ethical journalism produced in the public’s interest.”
The Torstar story revealed that Roberts was partners with Kashif Khan, a Toronto auctioneer who set up BuzzPR with Roberts two years ago. The Torstar documented numerous cases where clients of the firm appeared on Global, often with Roberts interviewing them either on the nightly news or the Global Morning show.
“Over the past 15 years, I have worked within a news organization and among colleagues who are the best in the business,” Roberts said in his statement. “For that privilege, I will always be grateful.”
Roberts was suspended by Global last week.
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