The verdict is in, Jian Ghomeshi has been acquitted of the sexual assault charges against him. But does that mean he still has a place on air after the dust has settled?
Martin Waxman, public relations expert and president of the consultancy Martin Waxman Communications of Toronto, says Ghomeshu would need a drastic attitude change to begin taking those steps.
He needs to show that he isn’t as egocentric, he’s not as narcissistic, that he is humble. And that he realizes there are two sides to every story and that people perceived his actions, whether he intended it or not, differently than maybe he perceived them and he needs to show empathy I think with the victims.
The people who were fans of Ghomeshi before the scandal broke may not be the same people who would listen to him now, Waxman says. If Ghomeshi were to return to the airwaves in any capacity, his audience could be “a fanbase that may think his actions are okay.”
It comes down to a matter of trust, you know, you’re on the air, your listeners trust you, they listen to you, they believe you. Jian Ghomeshi broke the trust with his listeners and with many, many other people.
He could start a podcast, he could leave the country and host radio somewhere new, Ghomeshi has options. But Waxman says regardless of his acquittal, Ghomeshi’s negative exposure will follow him, and his career may never be the same as a result.
Your search results follow you. If you search his name, all you see now are stories of course about the trial and the charges, now the acquittal. But the press around the acquittal isn’t positive, it isn’t ‘okay, he was acquitted, let’s move on.’ It’s ‘has justice been served?’
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