Jennifer McGuire and Alain Saulnier respond to ombudsmen's opinion on Leaders' Debates

March 31, 2011

Today the CBC/Radio-Canada English and French Services ombudsmen posted comments on their blogs about the Broadcasting Consortium's decision on the Leaders' Debates. They did so in response to the many letters they received complaining to CBC and Radio-Canada as members of the Consortium.

We want to point out that the ombudsmen acknowledged that our news divisions are not in violation of their journalistic and public service standards by deciding to exclude the Green Party leader from the upcoming leadership debates.

While we are full participants in the Consortium, it is a separate entity from CBC/Radio-Canada. The Consortium is not bound by our policies or accountable to the ombudsman process. The Consortium's position was built through consensus — a result of discussion and compromise among the member broadcasters and with the elected political parties. CBC and Radio Canada are full partners in the Consortium.

The ombudsman process remains an important and valued commitment to public accountability and transparency here at CBC/Radio Canada. Independent of the Consortium, we will continue to provide comprehensive, authoritative and inclusive election coverage, including that of the Green Party, throughout the campaign.

For additional information, please contact:
  • Jennifer McGuire
    General Manager and Editor in Chief, CBC News

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