Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen let go from CTV

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If you watch CTV news you’re in for a different experience when you tune in to the news tonight: veteran broadcasters Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen will no longer be part of it.

In a statement from the station today, they touted a “top-to-tail refresh of the station’s locally focused newscasts, including new set designs, updated on-set technology, and more”.

“As part of these comprehensive changes,” the press release says, “CTV News Vancouver’s team of trusted news anchors will evolve, including the departure of co-anchors Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart.”

In thanking the long-time broadcasters, Les Staff, news director of CTV News Vancouver, stated “Mike and Tamara are consummate professionals, and we wish them the very best on what’s to come.”

Other anchors will be shifted into new timeslots.

Taggart and Killeen have been working together for seven years.

The station will continue to broadcast McLaughlin on Your Side and The Last Word with Mike McCardell daily.

In other staff changes, Krissy Vann, formerly with The Weather Network’s Vancouver bureau, is joining CTV’s weekend team.

Penny Daflos is launching the station’s first podcast, BTS with CTV News Vancouver, to “take listeners behind the scenes and behind the stories.”

Ironically, the first episode was an interview with Taggart and Killeen.

While neither Taggart, who has a large social media following, nor Killeen have taken to social media in response to the news, their fans on Twitter have not been as silent.