by Jordan Press, Postmedia News | February 17, 2015 11:24 PM ET
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
CBC chief executive Hubert Lacroix found himself on the defensive Tuesday before a Senate communications committee when he discussed the challenges faced by the CBC in relation to the changing environment of broadcasting.
.OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s public broadcaster defended his staff, their journalism and the culture of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Tuesday during what was at times a tense atmosphere in the Senate committee hearing.
Hubert Lacroix, the broadcaster’s president, largely avoided providing details of the CBC probe under way into harassment allegations in the Jian Ghomeshi affair. Questions about this from senators were largely ruled out of order by the committee’s chairman, though there were testy exchanges between committee members and Mr. Lacroix.
The committee is studying the challenges facing the CBC in a changing media landscape.
Asked about the CBC’s decision last month to ban its journalists from doing paid speaking engagements — a decision made in the wake of a conflict of interest controversy involving business correspondent Amanda Lang — Mr. Lacroix told reporters outside the committee room “this matter has been dealt with in a swift manner.”
Mr. Lacroix simply said executives at the CBC ensured journalistic values of “impartiality” and “integrity” were “present in the way we deliver our news.”
“I’m very proud of that and I know they are every day,” he said.
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