CBC Fires TV, Radio Host Evan Solomon
June 9, 2015 at 6:14 PM (PT)
The CBC has fired CBC RADIO 1 "THE HOUSE" and CBC NEWS NETWORK television's "POWER AND POLITICS" host EVAN SOLOMON after the TORONTO STAR reported that he had secretly taken brokerage fees for connecting art buyers and sellers, including people with whom he dealt as a host, without disclosure.
The exposé in the STAR said that SOLOMON was brokering sales of art owned by collector BRUCE BAILEY to figures like BLACKBERRY co-founder JIM BALSILLIE and BANK OF ENGLAND governor MARK CARNEY, in one case earning over $300,000 in commissions. SOLOMON, the report claimed, used code words in emails to BAILEY to describe the buyers; he denied being involved in selling artworks when contacted by the paper.
The STAR reports that SOLOMON was taken off the air MONDAY and that CBC NEWS' JENNIFER MCGUIRE issued a statement late TUESDAY saying, "I regret to inform you that CBC News has ended its relationship with EVAN SOLOMON."
SOLOMON joined the CBC in 1994 and was highly prominent on both radio and television, considered on the short list to take over as anchor of CBC television's "THE NATIONAL" nightly news program when PETER MANSBRIDGE retires.