Global News anchor Leslie Roberts resigns
Global News Toronto is announcing the resignation of news anchor Leslie Roberts.
The news comes Thursday evening, following an investigation into serious conflict of interest allegations.
Roberts publicly admitted last week that he was a secret part-owner of a PR firm whose clients frequently appeared on Global News.
The full statement read:
Leslie Roberts has resigned, effective immediately, from his position as Anchor and Executive Editor of Global Toronto, and co-host of The National Morning Show. In light of the findings of an internal investigation, conducted on the basis of our Business Conduct Standards and the Global News Journalistic Principles and Practices, Global News is satisfied with today’s outcome. Global News remains committed to balanced and ethical journalism produced in the public’s interest. We will not be offering further comment at this time.
The announcement also came with the resignation letter from Mr. Roberts to Global News:
I am resigning my position as News Anchor and Executive Editor of Global Toronto effective immediately. I regret the circumstances, specifically a failure to disclose information, which led to this outcome.
Over the past 15 years, I have worked within a news organization and among colleagues who are the best in the business. For that privilege, I will always be grateful.
Global News was suspended last week after the Toronto Star revealed Roberts involvement with BuzzPR, and that clients had appeared on Global News programming.
The Star reported that Roberts is part owner of a small public relations firm Buzz PR, and some clients have appeared on Global News programs.
Roberts said he would resign from Buzz PR and told the newspaper none of his clients paid him to get television coverage.