London has exactly one television station. Yup. One.
So for those who want local TV news, the news anchors here are a pretty big deal. Yesterday we learned that senior CTV London news anchor Dan McLellan spent Christmas in jail after he was arrested Christmas eve on assault charges. All we are being told is that the complainant is an adult woman, there are several counts of assault and that the arrest occurred at a London address.
What I find fascinating is that the alleged victim has a court order that prevents anyone from revealing her name. Meantime, McLellan’s name is all over the place…including here.
Dan is innocent until proven guilty. The circumstances surrounding the case have not been made public. He had a bail hearing yesterday and got to go home but he’s now on “leave” from his job.
Dan knows that if it were one of the city’s radio anchors accused of a crime, he and his colleagues would be reporting it with zeal. Media revel in nothing more than seeing one of their own in trouble – it’s a sad but true fact. And when something happens to a fellow media pro, we pounce on it like it’s salmon day at the cat shelter. CTV would be all over it if the tables were turned, so we’ll follow this story to its bitter end but I just want to remind my esteemed colleagues that things aren’t always as they seem, let’s not draw conclusions until we know the facts, and let’s give the man the benefit of the doubt. After all if it had been me arrested and jailed, that’s what I would be hoping my media comrades would do.