Canada's CBC Names Rapper to Replace Jian Ghomeshi

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Jian Ghomeshi

Shad will host the flagship 'Q' radio show previously led by the disgraced Canadian media personality who was fired amid a sex-assault scandal.

Canada's embattled CBC has chosen rapper Shad to host its flagship radio show Q after firing Jian Ghomeshi from that post following a sexual assault scandal.

Shad, also known as Shadrach Kabango, is 32 and was chosen from among 200 candidates for the job, the CBC said on its website. He beat out Drake to win the 2011 Juno for rap recording of the year for his studio album TSOL.

Shad steps into the big shoes filled by Ghomeshi, who now faces a criminal trial on eight counts of sexual assault and choking charges following a police investigation into the women who came forward with claims of sexual assault and abuse, including unwanted beatings, during dates with the disgraced Canadian media personality.

Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC on Oct. 26, 2014, amid a media storm, after he presented evidence to the public broadcaster — thought to be texts, emails and videos — to prove he had engaged in aggressive sexual relations with consenting partners. Despite the scandal overhanging the Q show, the CBC has chosen to keep the show's name when Shad becomes the new permanent host in mid-April.

"Joining the Q team is an honor," Shad told the CBC News website. "My mission in music has always been to make a unique and positive contribution to culture and to people's lives. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue that same mission in a new way, alongside a brilliant, passionate team," he added.