Senate calls on CBC to release salaries
A Senate committee is calling on Canada’s public broadcaster to publicly disclose how much employees make and ensure non-executives aren’t getting paid more than their peers in private broadcasting.
The Senate’s communications committee is also calling on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to find new ways to fund its operations to limit the amount of funding it receives from the federal government. The recommendations stem from what was a politically-charged study of the CBC, where senators pressed the broadcaster for salaries of its top on-air talent, specifically chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge.
The report also references scandals involving former radio host Jian Ghomeshi and business correspondent Amanda Lang in calling for stricter policies to prevent problems, rather than having to react after they become public.
The committee says it’s time to update the Broadcasting Act, noting the legislation hasn’t been updated since the “presmartphone, pre-multi-platform” era of 1991.A Liberal senator on the committee is rejecting some of the recommendations and says the government should increase funding to the CBC.