Tom Clark leaves CTV

CTV host and reporter Tom Clark is leaving the network after 40 years to “pursue other opportunities.”

Clark is CTV’s former Washington bureau chief and host of political show PowerPlay with Tom Clark. The Canadian Press reports that Clark will be replaced by a rotating cast of hosts, starting CTV’s Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife , until a replacement is found.

Clark broke the news himself on his Twitter account with a post that reads: “Suffice to say there is no more PowerPlay with Tom Clark.”

His resignation follows the appointment of Lisa LaFlamme, who replaced retiring Lloyd Robertson last month as host of CTV National News.

The Canadian Press reports:

“Clark’s disappointment at not being named as Robertson’s replacement was well known around CTV. Clark had been widely considered a top contender for the anchor job.
“‘He was pretty bitter,’ said one employee. ‘You can tell he wasn’t a happy camper.'”

The Canadian Press also notes that Clark had “reported from war zones, the scenes of natural disasters and political upheavals for CTV. He covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the protests at Tiananmen Square, and every Canadian federal election since 1974.”