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CBC severs ties with executives who handled Ghomeshi scandal

News comes ahead of independent report on CBC’s handling of the scandal


 
Workers scrape a wall which had a publicity photo of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi in the broadcasting corporation's Toronto offices on Monday October 27, 2014. (Chris Young, The Canadian Press)

Workers scrape a wall which had a publicity photo of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi in the broadcasting corporation’s Toronto offices on Monday October 27, 2014. (Chris Young, The Canadian Press)

TORONTO — CBC says it is “severing ties” with two top executives in the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.

CBC tweeted that Chris Boyce, executive director of CBC Radio, and Todd Spencer, the head of human resources and industrial relations for English services, are leaving the public broadcaster.

The news comes as a report into how CBC handled the Ghomeshi scandal is set to be released.

The CBC fired the host of its daily radio arts and culture show “Q” in October after seeing what it called “graphic evidence” that he had caused physical injury to a woman.

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Boyce and Spencer conducted interviews with “Q” employees last summer as part of an internal investigation.

The two were put on indefinite leave in January.

Labour lawyer Janice Rubin was tasked with reporting to senior CBC management about what she uncovered, as well as coming up with recommendations on resolving any complaints.

Related reading: Jian Ghomeshi: How he got away with it 

She was also asked to suggest ways the broadcaster can prevent similar issues in the future.

He faces seven counts of sexual assault and one of overcoming resistance by choking, but his lawyer has said he will plead not guilty to all charges.

One of the complainants is a former CBC employee.

Ghomeshi is free on $100,000 bail with numerous conditions and is due to return to court on April 28.


 
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