Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Here's a question

Update (5:45 p.m.) below. And (11:00 p.m.).

Here's some possibly interesting reading to throw out there this morning: "CBC/Radio-Canada Journalistic Standards & Practices." See below for its pertinence.

Any plan to hire persons identified with political parties or pressure groups must be submitted in advance to management as follows: to the senior officer in information programming for information programs; to the media vice-president concerned for other programs and services; to RCI Management for programs and services coming under its responsibility. To ensure consistency of application, those receiving such submissions will consult fully with colleagues.

The hiring of persons identified with political parties or pressure groups may only be authorized if the person concerned has resigned his or her functions within the political party or pressure group and has refrained from public activity in the party or group or in a related capacity for at least two years.

This policy is not designed to prevent the participation of public figures invited to comment on current events provided that, on the air, there is no ambiguity regarding their status. (emphasis added)
Has Kory Teneycke, who has been hired as a paid commentator, "refrained" for two years? He left Harper's employ as Director of Communications in late summer 2009. Does he fall under this policy?

Occasional commentators would be those referenced in the last paragraph, one would think, they're not hired persons, they are "invited" from time to time. Presumably the above policy is mainly directed at those who have been hired on an ongoing basis. The provision seems to embody the notion of some kind of cooling off period for the hiring of "persons identified with political parties." There is no distinction drawn between full-time and part-time hires. In 1.2, by contrast, there is specific mention of full-time employees.

Given recent items in the news, the above rule is worth throwing out there for consideration as a matter of current public interest.

(h/t NG)

Update (5:45 p.m.): Regarding this post by Warren Kinsella, as stated above, this seemed to be relevant information to throw out there given that Conservatives are making a fuss about persons who are hired by CBC. The above post is more about pointing out the hypocrisy of Conservatives rather than picking a bone with CBC.

Update (11:00 p.m.): One last point to add to this today, which I really should have done earlier. The above CBC policy was sent to me by a regular reader, someone I hear from almost every day. He's a senior citizen who lives in some fairly frail circumstances, from what I understand. He was concerned about the hypocrisy of what he saw the Conservatives doing this week and I happened to agree. This was the genesis of the post. So this was no Liberal sponsored broadside against a Conservative who comments on CBC, just for clarification purposes. I think anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis would know that anything written here would never have that goal. CBC has a balanced reporting and commenting operation, contrary to what the haters think. They can hire Conservatives into their mix, of course, it's just that with this one particular person, Teneycke, there seemed to be a question, based on the above policy.