Wednesday, December 03, 2014
The Corporation Indicted
From what I've seen it's all over but for a trial and a trip to the Greybar Hotel for Jian Ghomeshi. The evidence against him is as wide as it is deep. He'd have to walk on water to keep from drowning in it.
I don't listen to radio and never paid much attention to Ghomeshi so it's no great loss for me. Someone else will take his place. Celebrities come, celebrities go.
It wasn't until I read Kathryn Borel's account in The Guardian that I had a sense of a much greater problem - the culture - union and management - within the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
I've spent enough time in radio and television stations to know that there's a lot of sexuality that permeates the broadcasting industry. More than once in Ottawa did I hear a young woman say, I think half-jokingly, "who do I have to fuck around here to get a job." I never answered the question - although I knew.
Yes, it's time for CBC to do some soul-searching and then some house-cleaning. That's a tough job if you want to avoid crushing creativity but on reading Borel's account, it's overdue. What she went through was on the clock, CBC's time and both management and the union simply looked the other way.