CBC Fires Radio, HR Heads as Jian Ghomeshi Sex Scandal Report Released
The internal probe concluded the former radio host was his own boss as he created an "intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive" workplace.
Disgraced Canadian media personality Jian Ghomeshi on Thursday was revealed to have been the "de facto" boss of his own radio show at the CBC, where he created an "intimidating, humiliating, hostile and offensive work environment."
That finding and others contained in an April 13, 2015 internal report made public led to the firing of two executives charged with managing the former CBC radio host, who now faces an upcoming criminal trial for sexual assault. A CBC spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that executive director of radio Chris Boyce and executive director of human resources and industrial relations Todd Spencer were cut loose Thursday after they were earlier suspended in January 2015.
The independent workplace probe unveiled Thursday is part of a continuing attempt by the CBC to contain the fallout from its late 2014 firing of Ghomeshi. Labor lawyer Janice Rubin, who wrote the report, concluded CBC management should have known about Ghomeshi's "disrespectful and abusive" conduct and failed to stop it.
That's after CBC management received complaints about Ghomeshi from employees on at least three occasions, according to the report. During one episode after an allegation surfaced in summer 2014, Rubin concluded CBC management was "insufficiently probative, too narrow, misdirected and flawed" in its investigation.
Management inaction resulted in part from no one having "clear and consistent authority" of Ghomeshi while he hosted the broadcaster's flagship Q radio show, the report stated. The Rubin investigation was made public in its entirety except for redacted sections.
This action follows the pubcaster becoming embroiled in a series of investigations and accusations after the firing of Ghomeshi in October 2014. The ensuing scandal underlines the harm that comes to networks whose management protects network stars bringing in much-needed revenue, only to see them fade or fired after long-simmering allegations come to light.
The disgraced Canadian media personality now faces a criminal trial on eight counts of sexual assault and choking charges following a police investigation that began when several young women came forward with claims of sexual assault and abuse, including unwanted beatings, during dates with Ghomeshi.
The former CBC radio host remains free on $100,000 bail after being fired by the CBC on Oct. 26, 2014. The pubcaster has rebranded Ghomeshi's former radio show, Q, as q and named rapper Shadrach Kabango as the new permanent host.