Canadian TV News Anchor Resigns Over Multiple Assault Charges

CTV London, Ontario supper hour newscaster Dan MacLellan faces four charges after a Christmas Eve 2011 incident with an unnamed female complainant.

TORONTO – Dan MacLellan, CTV’s main 6 p.m. news anchor in London, Ontario, on Friday resigned as he prepares for trial on multiple assault charges stemming from a Christmas Eve 2011 incident.

“Today I am resigning from my position as senior news anchor at CTV London in order to focus on my upcoming legal challenges,” MacLellan said in a statement posted on the Canadian broadcaster’s website.

MacLellan was arrested on December 24, 2011 at an address in London after local police received a complaint from an unnamed woman.

The news anchor has been granted bail, and is set to be tried on four counts of assault on August 9.

The identity of MacLellan’s victim has not been released due to a court order.

CTV London will shortly name a successor for MacLellan, who joined the network ten years ago as a co-anchor before becoming sole anchor in 2008.

“CTV understands and accepts Dan’s decision to resign,” Don Mumford, CTV’s regional vice-president of radio and TV operations for Ontario, added in his own statement Friday.