CBC boss apologizes over harassment allegation

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A senior member of staff at CBC issued an informal complaint against a fellow exec after the VP displayed “upsetting” behaviour in a meeting, the Star reports.

According to the Toronto-based media outlet, Heather Conway – executive vice-president of English Services – was accused of harassing the English branch’s chief business officer, Neil McEneaney.

While details have not yet been released, sources claim McEneaney made an informal complaint to CBC president Hubert Lacroix.

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson confirmed there had been “an exchange at a meeting and apologies were made,” but added that there had been no “formal” complaint.

McEneaney also asserted that Conway, who has herself called for a more respectful working environment in the past, apologised for her actions.

“(Conway) apologized and we carried on,” he told the Star.

Despite the incident being played down, the broadcasting corporation has hired an outside firm to conduct a review of senior managers’ behaviour including Conway’s.

“We are always looking to improve wherever we can and have retained a third-party firm to conduct an environmental scan of our workplace that will involve conversations with some senior managers,” revealed Thompson.
McEneaney has since resigned from his post at CBC and had accepted the role of president and CEo at audience-tracking organization Numeris.

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