Former Ottawa TV anchor Carol Anne Meehan launching news blog

Pop Goes The News — Longtime Ottawa television news anchor Carol Anne Meehan is getting back into the reporting business — but this time she will be her own boss.

The former CTV Ottawa personality announced Thursday she is launching Carol Anne’s Local News Blog.

Meehan, 59, was laid off in November after 27 years on the city’s top-rated newscast.

“While much has happened in the past two months, one thing that has not changed is my love of news – especially local news,” Meehan wrote in a Facebook message.

“Like me, you have probably noticed local news is just not a priority anymore. It’s increasingly hard to find, and some fairly big stories are just being missed. Blame the rapidly changing media landscape.”

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Meehan said there is a “huge void” left by cuts to traditional local news outlets. There are currently only three full-time reporters left at CTV Ottawa.

“Without local news it’s difficult to maintain connections that make a community and share the important events we should all know about,” she wrote.

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Meehan, who lives with her two children and their dog Gizmo, did not provide further details about her new venture or its official launch date.

She is asking for story ideas from people in the community.

“Let me know what’s happening out there…give me names of the main players, how to reach them, and leave the rest to me,” she wrote.

“I promise to use every tool in my journalistic tool box to relay it to those of you care about the stories no one else will report.”