Independent Report Faults CBC Management For Mishandling Jian Ghomeshi Allegations
April 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM (PT)
An independent report has criticized the CBC in its management of the JIAN GHOMESHI scandal, saying that the network failed to maintain a workplace "free from disrespectful and abusive behaviour."
CBC NEWS reports that the analysis by TORONTO attorney JANICE RUBIN found that GHOMESHI, the former host of CBC RADIO ONE's "Q" and CBC-TV's "PLAY" who was fired on OCTOBER 26th of last year, stands accused of seven counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, violated the network's own standards and created ""an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment" and more limited cases of sexual harassment; the report indicated that management was aware of the hostile work environment claims but did not take steps compliant with its own policies and, in RUBIN's view, "condoned this behaviour."â€‹â€‹
As the report was released TODAY, the CBC announced that Executive Director of Radio & Audio CHRIS BOYCE and Executive Director, People and Culture, English Services TODD SPENCER have exited the company; both were placed on leave in JANUARY for their roles in management's reaction to the accusations against GHOMESHI.
In addition to faulting CBC management in allowing GHOMESHI's behavior to continue unabated, the report noted that an allegation of sexual harassment was not brought to management but that the CANADIAN MEDIA GUILD union was advised of the complaint and that the union "has failed to respond properly."
On a conference call THURSDAY (4/16), CBC President HUBERT LACROIX and EVP of English Services HEATHER CONWAY apologized for management's behavior in the GHOMESHI affair, with CONWAY promising "we can and will do better."
GHOMESHI, who denies the charges and is free on C$100,000 bail, will next face a hearing in court on APRIL 28th.