The CBC has fired two top executives in the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.
Both CBC Radio Executive Director Chris Boyce, and Head of Human Resources and Industrial Relations Todd Spencer, have lost their jobs.
Listen to full media announcement made by CBC earlier today:
The news comes along with the release of a report into the the handling of allegations against the public broadcaster’s former star, Jian Ghomeshi.
The report by lawyer Janice Rubin says the CBC allowed Ghomeshi to rise to stardom, even though he displayed a pattern of abusive, disrespectful workplace behaviour.
There were a total of seven conclusions, including the following:
- There was behavior and conduct on the part of Mr. Ghomeshi that was contrary to the Behavioral Standard established by the CBC. Most prevalent was behavior that was disrespectful, including behavior that is “considered to create and intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment”. Less prevalent, but also present in a small number of cases, was behavior that constituted sexual harassment.”
- Management knew or ought to have known of this behavior 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. It is our conclusion that CBC management condoned the behavior.
- We do not believe the allegation of sexual harassment made by an employee in 2010 came to attention of management. In this regard, we have concluded that it did come to the attention of the CMG (Canadian Media Guild), and it failed to respond properly.
In a news release, the CBC says the conclusions from a report into the handling of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal are “troubling and disappointing.”
The Crown corporation also apologized to employees who experienced what it calls “inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.”
Ghomeshi was fired in October, after the the CBC claimed it had “graphic evidence” that he caused physical injury to a woman.
Several women had come forward with allegations of abuse.
Later, former CBC colleagues to Ghomeshi came forward with allegations of workplace harassment they claim were ignored.
The former host of arts and culture show “Q” faces seven charges of sexual assault and one charge of overcoming resistance by choking.
Ghomeshi’s lawyer says her client will plead not guilty.