Pat Kelly, the award winning co-anchor of the CBC’s popular satirical news program This Is That has abruptly tendered his resignation.
Immediately following the taping of the network’s flagship culture program “Q” Pat Kelly” notified CBC brass that he would be pursuing “other opportunities”. Pat was a guest on “Q” discussing the changing nature of satirical news in the age of social media and search algorithms. He seemed stunned to hear that teenagers were earning “thousands of dollars a week” distributing fake news on Facebook.
Recently social media algorithms have been a hot topic for their role in spreading “fake news” and polarizing the information people have access to. Events as significant as the recent election of Donald Trump are being sited as outcomes of the new media landscape.
It is unclear what the future holds for the program. Neither Pat Kelly, Peter Oldring or the CBC could be reached for comment.