Senior Reporter Peter Akman Turfed at CTV After Un-PC Coronavirus Tweet

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Peter Akman graduated from SFU in 1999 with an undergraduate degree in English and communications.   PETER AKMAN
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CTV has parted ways with a senior investigative reporter after he came under intense public criticism for a tweet.

Peter Akman apologized on January 26 for the original tweet, in which he expressed relief over not getting the coronavirus while getting a haircut.
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Most controversially, he included a photo of himself beside his barber, a man of Asian ancestry who was wearing a surgical mask.

“My barber told me he was offering everyone masks,” Akman stated on Twitter. “I apologize for any offence I may have caused.”

He deleted the original tweet after it provoked widespread outrage.

Today, journalist Sean Craig tweeted that Bell Media, which owns CTV, has confirmed that Akman is no longer an employee.

A spokesperson for Bell Media confirms that Peter Akman, one of the presenters of CTV’s investigative news show W5, is no longer with the company. He tweeted this four days ago.

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Akman was most recently on the W5 show and prior to that, he had been a reporter in conflict zones.
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In 1999, he graduated with an English and communications degree from Simon Fraser University. He won an outstanding SFU alumni award in 2018.

Read more  HERE.

Published on January 31, 2020 at 6:33 pm by boredop

Comments

February 1, 2020 - 9:59 pm

Bagoverheadguy

Oh geez, here we go yet again!
A good veteran journalist makes an off-the-cuff comment, and some PC-engineered suit caves to the PC Police. Lame choice CTV!

Why not put him in the penalty box for a week with no pay?

We’ve become such a silly place where everyone tips around on glass shards not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings…


February 2, 2020 - 9:33 am

Les H.

REALLY????

CTV idiots fired a man for that?

It’s a damn tweet made more in jest than anything else. The “Asian” barber was giving out surgical masks to his clients.

What are you snowflakes going to do when the real crap of life hits the fan?

To the rest of us still rather sane people. STOP GIVING IN TO THESE NUTTY, ALWAYS OFFENDED SNOWFLAKES!!! AND TO BUSINESS STOP FIRING PEOPLE OVER OPINIONS, BE THEY SERIOUS OR IN JEST!!!


February 2, 2020 - 3:13 pm

Brad

I’m sick of this PC crap


February 3, 2020 - 2:58 am

oh brother

Talk about a double standard: a white male makes an “inappropriate” comment and is fired. Meanwhile, on the same network, a leftist female makes a racist and sexist remark that generates nationwide controversy, condemnation and complaints to the regulatory agency – and the network defends her. Sounds like this network needs a management shakeup. Real soon.


February 9, 2020 - 6:52 am

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Dont we live in a great time and age? Please accept my apology if I have offended anyone


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