Appeals Court Reverses Firing Of CBC Reporter
April 26, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
An appeals court has ruled that a CBC RADIO reporter should not have been fired for sending a tainted box of chocolates to an activist who had criticized him.
The BRITISH COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEAL made the ruling WEDNESDAY reversing a provincial SUPREME COURT judge's overturning of an arbitrator's decision. The arbitrator had considered subsequent psychological reports and ignored the CBC's evidence of an earlier outburst in the newsroom, and the appeals court says that it ws reasonable for the arbitrator to do so.
Former NELSON, BC-based reporter BOB KEATING, who had rubbed raw chicken on the chocolate sent to lobbyist EARL HAMILTON in 2003 and became remorseful and informed HAMILTON's wife of the tainting two days later, tells CANADIAN PRESS that he is not interested in returning to the CBC and that the union pursued the appeal against his wishes. The union says it appealed the case to protect the arbitrator's decisions.