Mike Killeen and co-anchor Tamara Taggart were fired from CTV in April as part of a mass shakeup in the Vancouver newsroom. The duo had served as lead anchors on CTV News at Six since 2011, when they replaced Bill Good and Pamela Martin.
Killeen, a graduate of BCIT, first joined CTV in 2001. He served as an Olympics reporter and weekend news anchor before getting the job at the big desk.
Before joining CBC in 2016 as an investigative reporter, Bathe worked as a radio reporter at News 1130.
Former CTV Vancouver host Mike Killeen will be joining CBC Vancouver to co-anchor the 6 pm news, with Anita Bathe.
CBC Vancouver announced today that Killeen will officially be joining the broadcaster on November 19.
“The CBC Vancouver newsroom has a long history of producing top-notch, award-winning journalism and I’m absolutely thrilled to now be part of this team. I’m also looking forward to co-hosting at 6 pm with an immensely talented journalist, Anita Bathe, covering stories viewers won’t see anywhere else, especially those that resonate with our community.”
Dan Burritt is a host and producer for CBC Vancouver News and has reported on a wide range of breaking stories, including the ongoing weather and climate events in B.C., the 2018 municipal elections and the Haida Gwaii earthquake in 2012. He has worked the political beat in both radio and TV, providing extensive provincial and federal elections coverage to citizens. He joined CBC Vancouver in 2012.
The pair were let go by the station in April. In a statement, CTV Vancouver said it was undergoing a major refresh of the stations locally focused newscasts.
Killeen told Daily Hive that his departure from CTV Vancouver “happened very suddenly and it was a bit shocking.”
“The industry is going through some challenging times. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue in the industry,” he said.
He says he is “very excited” to be joining the CBC Vancouver team. “CBC has a long history of quality journalism and I am looking forward to co-hosting.”
Bathe also took to social media to share the news. “It’s been a very hard secret to keep but I’m happy I can finally announce @mike_killeen and I will be your new co-anchors on CBC Vancouver News at 6 pm,” she wrote on Instagram.
“We will continue to do what CBC does best – telling your community stories and emphasizing original journalism.”
CBC also announced that senior meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe will be joining Bathe and Killeen on the 6 pm Vancouver News.
Journalist Dan Burritt will host CBC Vancouver News at 11 pm and Lien Yeung will be hosting on weekend news broadcasts.