CBC investigating 'claim of impropriety' toward employee: Memo
 

CBC investigating ‘claim of impropriety’ toward employee: Memo

Memo comes in wake of a Toronto Star story about “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi


 

TORONTO – The CBC says it has become “aware of a specific claim of impropriety towards one” of its employees and is conducting a “continuing investigation.”

In a memo issued to staff Tuesday afternoon, the public broadcaster said it was made aware of the claim “through a story in the Toronto Star.”

The name of the employee is not in the memo, which came in the wake of a Star story about “Q” radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

The Star reported that it approached Ghomeshi with allegations from three women who say he was physically violent to them without their consent during sexual encounters or in the run-up to such encounters and that Ghomeshi — though his lawyer — responded that he “does not engage in non-consensual role play or sex and any suggestion of the contrary is defamatory.”

The Star reported none of the women filed police complaints and that their reasons given for not coming forward publicly included the fear they would be sued or face Internet retaliation.

The Star also reported that a fourth woman who worked at the CBC alleged that Ghomeshi “approached her from behind and cupped her rear end in the Q studio” and made a sexually obscene comment to her during a story meeting. The Star reported that Ghomeshi told the newspaper that he did not understand why it was continuing to pursue allegations when “my lawyers have already told you it is untrue.”

“As part of our continuing investigation, we will take into account any new information that becomes available to us, either directly or indirectly,” said the CBC memo.

“When we identify behaviours or activities that are inconsistent with our established policies, we have a responsibility to take appropriate action, and we do.”

The Canadian Media Guild said they have “no record of anyone filing a formal complaint related to this issue at any time.”

The CBC memo (which doesn’t name Ghomeshi or contain specifics on the claim) continued: “We have always encouraged our employees to come forward with any concerns about their working environment — whether through their direct supervisor, union or human resources representative. We are here to support you. That has been and will remain the case.”

“You will be reading and hearing a lot of different things, both in mainstream media and social media, over the coming days, weeks and months. You should be aware that we will generally be unable to respond or react to these, or even to correct factual inaccuracies, due to pending legal action.”

The CBC announced Sunday that it was parting ways with Ghomeshi because of “information” it had received about him. Shortly afterwards, his lawyers announced they were suing the CBC. That development was followed by a long Facebook post from Ghomeshi in which he alleged that he had been fired from the public broadcaster for his “sexual behaviour.”


 
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CBC investigating ‘claim of impropriety’ toward employee: Memo

  1. Never screw around with where you get you income. Unless of course you are RCMP…and you might get a promotion.

  2. So it’s becoming clearer why they sh*t-canned him. Not because of his “private life” but because of his conduct at work.

  3. I’d bet that the CBC is scared sh**less that the Harpercrits will cite this case as a prime example of the ongoing perversion of the CBC (criticizing the CRAP being seen as the ultimate perversion for it’s deviation from the true path) and use it as an excuse for yet another round of budget cuts to silence these blasphemers.

  4. so, the CBC is hiring outsiders/3rd parties to investigate in wake of allegations against Ghomesh ?

    Care to disclose them cbc ?
    Why is the CBC wasting taxpayers money to investigate something that the Toronto Police are already investigating ?! We already pay dearly for cops’ salaries thru’ our Taxes so why screw us some more?
    Now the cbc wants to pay for more lawyers, and a battalion of cousellors for their employee’s, in light of all this …, huh? Let the CBC pay for all this out of their own “salaries” , and not MY taxdollars.

    I normally like and generally find a need to keep our national CBC, and have more often than not defended cbc, but now, I’m rather getting more peeved at them.