CBSC: Naming Pol Who Complained About Host Didn't Violate Code
August 14, 2008 at 5:13 AM (PT)
The CANADIAN BROADCAST STANDARDS COUNCIL has ruled that a radio station did not violate the CAB Broadcast Code of Ethics by naming on the air a politician whose complaints about a television host led to the host's firing. The incident occurred on DECEMBER 19, 2006, when CORUS French Talk CHMP/MONTREAL host PAUL ARCAND interviewed HUNTINGDON Mayor and former TQS "L'AVOCAT ET LE DIABLE" host STEPHANE GENDRON, who attributed his firing to complaints from "ethnic groups," the QUEBEC BAR ASSOCIATION, and two politicians whom he named and one of whom complained to the CBSC under Clause 6 of the CAB Code of Ethics and Article 4 of the RTNDA Code of Ethics.
The CBSC's QUEBEC panel concluded that the segment violated neither of the clauses, putting weight on the fact that the tone of the comments was not angry or vindictive and that the complainant is a public figure. The panel decided the case on APRIL 7th and released the decision this week.
In addition, the CBSC decided that a comment by RON FOURNIER on CHMP sister station French Sports CKAC-A/MONTREAL violated the CAB Code of Ethics for advocating hockey violence. FOURNIER, on NOVEMBER 30, 2006, suggested that the MONTREAL CANADIENS should be protecting their goaltender by breaking their sticks over the heads of the opposing players who shove or hit the goalie. A listener complained that FOURNIER was advocating violence and that it could lead to a death on the ice. The panel ruled that the comments violated the CAB code's Clause 9 against sanctioning, promoting, or glamorizing violence.