CBC sacks HRD over Jian Ghomeshi scandal

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The CBC confirmed today that it had officially “severed ties” with two execs after an independent report found they were partly to blame for the Jian Ghomeshi saga.

HR director Todd Spencer and former head of radio Chris Boyce had been on leaves of absence since January but the pair are now out of work as investigators concluded they had “condoned” inappropriate behaviour by the nefarious star.

“Management knew or ought to have known of this behaviour and conduct and failed to take steps required of it in accordance with its own policies to ensure that the workplace was free from disrespectful and abusive conduct,” reads the report from employment lawyers Janice Rubin and Parisa Nikfarjam.

“It is our conclusion that CBC management condoned this behaviour.”
CBC president Hubert Lacroix described the findings as “troubling and disappointing” and insisted the company was dedicated to providing a safe workplace for all its employees.

“We are, and remain, committed to creating a workplace where safety and respect for one another is a fundamental attribute and non-negotiable,” he said.

Lacroix went on to apologise for unacceptable – and at times shocking – slip in standards; “On behalf of this organization, I offer a sincere and unqualified apology to our employees and to Canadians, who have a right to expect a higher standard from their public broadcaster.”

The full independent report in failings at the CBC and the can be found here.
 

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