Tom Clark parts ways with CTV

Longtime host was passed over to replace Lloyd Robertson

TORONTO – Having been passed over to replace top CTV network news anchor Lloyd Robertson, Tom Clark has left the Canadian broadcasters after four decades.

Clark's sudden departure as the host of CTV News Channel's "Power Play with Tom Clark" follows rival Lisa Laflamme being chosen to replace Robertson as host of "CTV National News" in mid-2011.

Clark, a former CTV News bureau chief in Washington D.C. and China, was also passed over in a recent changing of the guard at rival Global Television, where former NBC foreign correspondent Dawna Friesen eventually replaced Kevin Newman as chief news anchor.

"CTV is extremely proud of its long association with Tom Clark, and wishes him well in his future endeavours," CTV News president Robert Hurst said in a terse statement.