BCTV/Global icon Mike McCardell says he was FIRED by Global and did not just retire.
In an interview on Talk Digital Network internet radio (click here to listen) , the award winning 30-year veteran story teller says he was surprised when station management called him in recently and delivered his notice.
“I was fired. I was let go by Global,” McCardell told Talk Digital interviewer Jim Goddard.
“They’re going in a new direction, they told me, and I’m not part of it.”
It was a year ago when I first reported that McCardell’s future on the Newshour was in jeopardy. At that time, as an employee turning 65 years of age, he was facing retirement.
But … apparently in the face of negative public reaction …the station relented: McCardell did retire as an employee, but was then immediately hired back under a one-year individual contract.
My understanding is that contract expires in September and McCardell was told it would not be renewed.
“”I’m not feeling very good about it,” he told Goddard.
His last story on Global was run almost two weeks ago and the veteran raconteur is currently on vacation … but said that when he returns, he WILL be looking for work, somewhere where he can continue telling his stories.
Stand by … the McCardell story is not yet over …
Although I suspect Global wishes it was!
P.S. Another interview on the Turmoil in Media theme: David Chesney on Talk Digital Network