CBC severs ties with popular Q host Jian Ghomeshi
Ghomeshi co-created the CBC’s cultural affairs program Q, which currently airs on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV and over 180 NPR/PRI stations in the U.S.
Jian Ghomeshi is out at CBC.
The public broadcaster announced Sunday it had severed ties the popular host of its cultural affairs radio show Q.
“The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end,” the CBC said in a statement. “This decision was not made without serious deliberation and careful consideration. Jian has made an immense contribution to the CBC and we wish him well.”
The Toronto Star reports that the sudden decision to cut ties “came after ‘information’ came to the public broadcasters attention that ‘precludes us from continuing our relationship.'”
The news of Ghomeshi’s departure first surfaced on Friday afternoon, emphasizing that he was taking time off Q to deal with “personal issues.” Afterwards, Ghomeshi Twitted:
Thanks for all the well wishes, you guys. I’m ok. Just taking some much needed personal time.
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) October 24, 2014
A day earlier, Ghomeshi had opened his show with a poignant essay on the last Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa. The essay, titled “Staying united in the Ottawa attack aftermath,” encouraged Canadians to stay united in the aftermath of the attack. Ghomeshi also speculated that Parliament Hill and other public spaces across Canada will now “surely become more secure, probably less accessible” to the public.
According to the Globe and Mail, Ghomeshi’s departure is a monumental loss to the CBC.
“Mr. Ghomeshi’s departure leaves a major hole that will not easily be filled. He was among the public broadcaster’s most recognizable figures, particularly among younger listeners, and Q has international reach through a deal that broadcasts the show to radio stations across the U.S.,” said the Globe, which previously described Ghomeshi as a “radio superstar.”
The Toronto-based Ghomeshi, who is also a published author, co-created Q. In the past few years, Ghomeshi has interviewed numerous politician, celebrities and prominent international figures. Q currently airs on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV and over 180 NPR/PRI stations in the U.S.
The CBC did not say whether or not Ghomeshi will still host the Scotiabank Giller Prize gala on November 10 as scheduled.
It’s also unclear whether there is a link between Ghomeshi’s departure and the ongoing problems at the CBC. Earlier this year, CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix, a Harper appointee who earns between $358K and $421K a year, announced another round of deep cuts to the public broadcaster. He said the CBC would let go between 1,000 and 1,500 employees by 2020.
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