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CTV's Taggart: Getting anchor job brought out the mean in some 'friends'

A blog post by CTV news anchor Tamara's Taggart is creating buzz in B.C.'s broadcast circles for its vague references to hostility she has faced in her new role. Looking back at her first year in the anchor seat, at one point Taggart waxes positive:

"CTV has been my second home for almost 15 years, clearly I like the place and the people I work with. I couldn't have made the leap from weather to anchor without the support and guidance of my co-workers. I feel fortunate to have such a great team to work with... 2012 is going to be a good one."

But that comes after she writes that 2011 was made "quite sad & stressful" by "people" who "were angry that I got the job as they felt I wasn't worthy of it" and "people who said nothing and just stopped talking to me."

"It's the people that stopped talking to me that I find most interesting as most of them were people I considered friends," writes Taggart. "Obviously I was mistaken. At first my feelings were hurt and I obsessed about it, wondering what I could do to make it better. Now I don't care. Those people weren't my friends... a tough lesson to learn, but now I know."

The Tyee phoned CTV yesterday afternoon to ask if Taggart or someone there would clarify whether the people Taggart says have shown her hostility are co-workers at the television station, and to ask if Taggart's blog is affiliated with CTV. A CTV person said they'd hand the questions off to someone higher up the chain, and as this went to press no one had called back.

Taggart posted her Jan. 2 comments under the headline of "a year" on her blog Tamara Taggart: the blog of a modern mommy.

Here is the post in its entirety:

It's been exactly one year since I anchored CTV News at 6 for the very first time. Time flies. A year ago today I was freaking out, for a number of reasons. It's always nerve-wracking when you start something new, especially when you know everyone is watching.

2011 was an interesting year. It was exhilarating when it was announced that I would be anchoring the news with Mike Killeen but also quite sad & stressful - I definitely discovered who my real friends were. There's a lot to be said for having grace and some people just didn't have it. I found that people reacted in one of three very different ways: those who were genuinely happy for me and told me, those who were angry that I got the job as they felt I wasn't worthy of it (these people had no problem telling anyone who would listen - but never me) and then there were the people who said nothing and just stopped talking to me.

It's the people that stopped talking to me that I find most interesting as most of them were people I considered friends. Obviously I was mistaken. At first my feelings were hurt and I obsessed about it, wondering what I could do to make it better. Now I don't care. Those people weren't my friends...a tough lesson to learn, but now I know.

This past year has been amazing, everyday I'm challenged and learn something new. Mike and I have anchored the Liberal Leadership Convention, been on location for the Olympic Anniversary, Vancouver's 125th Birthday....and the mother of all broadcasts - 4 and a half hours of commercial-free Stanley Cup Riot coverage, what a night. I have filed stories on rare diseases, breast cancer and the riot...& I have a few more to air in January. CTV has been my second home for almost 15 years, clearly I like the place and the people I work with. I couldn't have made the leap from weather to anchor without the support and guidance of my co-workers. I feel fortunate to have such a great team to work with...2012 is going to be a good one.

Yes, I lost a few friendships in the last year...some people said some horrible things about me and I had a couple of rough days. It's a job. I love it but it's a job. Seriously. No matter what though, I get to come home to these three little monkeys jumping on my bed. It doesn't get any better than that!

Taggart finishes the blog post by posting photos of her young children. At the top of the post is a group shot of Taggart with ten smiling members of her news broadcast team.

--David Beers is editor of The Tyee.

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