Se­nate calls on CBC to re­lease salaries

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - OT­TAWA

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.

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