CTV Suspends Reporter Paul Bliss Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation
Former network employee Bridget Brown accused her onetime colleague of workplace harassment in a blog post.
A prominent Canadian political reporter and anchor at Canada's CTV Television Network has been suspended while the broadcaster investigates allegations of sexual misconduct.
CTV parent company Bell Media confirmed to THR on Saturday that a claim of workplace harassment had been made against Paul Bliss by a former network employee, Bridget Brown, in a Friday blog post.
"Allegations have been made against a CTV news reporter. We take this very seriously and as a result have suspended Paul Bliss until an investigation is complete," a Bell Media spokesman said in a statement.
Brown didn't specifically name Bliss as her alleged harasser in her post, but she did subsequently identify him to Bell Media when contacted by the broadcaster.
Brown claimed she was sexually harassed in 2006 while on a tour of her workplace soon after starting work as a freelance segment producer on the Canada AM morning news magazine show.
Brown says her alleged harasser at one point started kissing her in an office with the door closed. "Then he started pushing on the top of my head. Women, you know this move. The universal 'please give me oral sex' move,'" she claims in the blog post.
Bliss more recently worked in CTV's bureau in the Ontario legislature, the seat of the provincial government.