MBS Ra­dio can­cels MacEwen’s show ‘in­stantly’ after guilty plea

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY JOSH LEWIS

A fa­mil­iar voice is off the air­waves after plead­ing guilty to as­sault in a case in­volv­ing a Tim Hor­tons em­ployee.

Eric MacEwen’s Satur­day night pro­gram on CFCY has been can­celled, sta­tion man­ager Rick MacLeod told The Guardian.

MacEwen, 72, pleaded guilty on Tues­day to giv­ing the teenage cof­fee shop worker an un­wanted hug in the men’s bath­room.

MacLeod said he didn’t know about the case un­til field­ing a call from a re­porter at about 10:30 that morn­ing.

By 10:45 a.m., MacEwen had been no­ti­fied his show was done.

“We parted ways in­stantly,” the man­ager said.

MacEwen was not an em­ployee of CFCY and had only been in the build­ing about half a dozen times over the last five years, MacLeod said.

“He has his own pro­duc­tion stu­dio and all he would do is he would voice track his own show and then he would just send the au­dio.

“He had a syn­di­cated pro­gram and that’s it.”

In a state­ment, CFCY said MacEwen’s ac­tions don’t re­flect the sta­tion’s val­ues and stan­dards.

“We take our broad­cast­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously and strive to pro­vide qual­ity lo­cal pro­gram­ming that re­flects the val­ues and com­mu­nity stan­dards of all Is­lan­ders.”

MacEwen had been slated to face trial on a sex­ual as­sault charge but pleaded to the lesser of­fence of as­sault.

Crown at­tor­ney Lisa Goulden said the vic­tim had been clean­ing the bath­room on Aug. 1 when the ra­dio host en­tered. She left, then went back in when he was fin­ished.

He fol­lowed her back in, Goulden said, iden­ti­fy­ing him­self to the vic­tim and then hug­ging her.

The vic­tim felt trapped and un­safe and later quit her job, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

MacEwen re­ceived a sus­pended sen­tence with one year of pro­ba­tion, dur­ing which time he is to have no con­tact with the vic­tim.

The sen­tence also in­cludes 30 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice. MacEwen must pay $10 to the Up­per Room Hos­pi­tal­ity Min­istry for ev­ery hour not com­pleted.

MacEwen was pre­vi­ously charged with com­mit­ting an in­de­cent act in 2010. He pleaded not guilty and the charge was later stayed.

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