CBC/Radio-Canada releases report on workplace investigation regarding Jian Ghomeshi

April 16, 2015, Toronto

Today, CBC/Radio-Canada released the report resulting from the independent workplace investigation into the circumstances and facts related to Jian Ghomeshi and the shows with which he had been associated.

Led by Janice Rubin of Rubin Thomlinson LLP, the investigation findings, conclusions and recommendations are available here.

CBC/Radio-Canada's senior executive team has decided, in the spirit of transparency, to make public the entire report but for the details that have been redacted in order to protect those individuals who chose to come forward and were promised confidentiality and/or to comply with our legal obligations. To be clear, Ms. Rubin was not involved in the decision to publish the full report or to redact any part of it.

CBC/Radio-Canada’s senior executive team receives this report with humility and welcomes the recommendations; it is the result of a rigorous and impartial review. The investigation sought to determine what inappropriate behaviour occurred in the workplace; the experience of co-workers and managers and how this related to our existing workplace policies and procedures. We also asked for recommendations on how to improve our existing processes and policies in order to create a better and more respectful workplace.

Over the course of the last five months, Ms. Rubin spoke with 99 people, inside and outside the organization, union and nonunion staff, managers and executives. We accept the general conclusions of the report, though troubling and disappointing; they point to lapses in our systems and concerns about our culture. It includes nine recommendations and we will take the necessary steps to implement as many of those as we can, as quickly as possible, in collaboration with our staff and our unions.

Most importantly, we want to sincerely apologize to our employees who experienced inappropriate behaviour in our workplace and to Canadians who have put their trust in CBC/Radio-Canada as the country’s public broadcaster. We would also like to thank Ms. Rubin and her staff and, in particular, acknowledge and thank all of those people inside and outside CBC who made the time and offered to speak with her.

REMINDER
CBC/Radio-Canada is holding a teleconference to release the independent report written by Janice Rubin to discuss the findings and CBC’s action plan moving forward. Members of the media are invited to join the conference call on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

WHAT:
Media Teleconference

WHEN:
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:
Local / Toll-free (Canada/US) call-in numbers: 416-340-2217 / 1-888-789-9572.
Access code: 3756008

WHO:

  • Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Maryse Bertrand, Vice President, Real Estate, Legal Services and General Counsel, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Heather Conway, Executive Vice President, English Services, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Roula Zaarour, Vice President, People and Culture, CBC/Radio-Canada

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s strategy to transform the public broadcaster, and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians, now and for future generations. Through to 2020, the Corporation will increase its investment in prime-time television programming and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.

For additional information, please contact:
  • Chuck Thompson
    Head of Public Affairs, CBC English Services
    tel. 416-205-3747
    cel. 416-509-3315
    chuck.thompson@cbc.ca

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