In a memo to employees issued on Monday afternoon, the broadcaster announced that Chris Boyce, the executive director of CBC Radio, and Todd Spencer, its executive director of human resources and industrial relations, had been placed on a leave of absence.
But the fifth estate report charged that 16 staffers who worked at Q last summer had not been contacted at all, leading many within CBC to wonder how extensive the investigation, which also reportedly involved Mr. Spencer, would have been.
Monday’s memo, written by Heather Conway, CBC’s executive vice-president of English services, and Roula Zaarour, the vice-president of people and culture at CBC/Radio-Canada, asks employees to take the suspensions in stride.
“As I’m sure you can also appreciate, we will not be making any further public comment about Todd or Chris or their leaves of absence at this time,” it reads.
“We cannot ignore the likelihood that this decision will provoke another round of media attention and speculation. I believe it’s especially important that we remain supportive of all our workplace colleagues where they may need it and resolute in our professionalism and dedication to the important work that we do here on behalf of Canadians. We recognize this is a difficult way to start off the year, but despite our current challenges, together we will get through this, and we do have a great future.”