CBC ed­i­tor re­as­signed over ap­pro­pri­a­tion flap


— The man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of CBC’s “The Na­tional” was re­as­signed Wed­nes­day for what the pub­lic broad­caster called “an in­ap­pro­pri­ate, in­sen­si­tive and frankly un­ac­cept­able tweet” he made as part of a con­tro­ver­sial de­bate over cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

In a memo dis­trib­uted to staff, CBC News ed­i­tor-inchief Jennifer McGuire said Steve Ladu­ran­taye will now work on its dig­i­tal “sto­ry­telling strate­gies” and reach out to In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties “as part of his learn­ing process.”

Last week, Ladu­ran­taye was among the jour­nal­ists who en­gaged in a late-night Twit­ter con­ver­sa­tion that was sparked by a con­tentious magazine ar­ti­cle ad­vo­cat­ing for more cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion in Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture.

The opin­ion piece also sug­gested there should be an ap­pro­pri­a­tion prize in lit­er­a­ture.

For­mer Na­tional Post ed­i­tor Ken Whyte re­sponded by tweet­ing he would “do­nate $500 to the found­ing of the ap­pro­pri­a­tion prize if some­one else wants to or­ga­nize.”

Ladu­ran­taye replied that he would con­trib­ute $100. He later deleted the tweet and apol­o­gized.

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