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Ex-CBC Evan Solomon to SiriusXM Canada

Postby jon » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:25 pm

Original Title: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

CBC cuts ties with Evan Solomon, host of Power and Politics, The House
By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press
June 9, 2015 7:50 PM

TORONTO - The CBC has abruptly "ended its relationship" with high-profile news host Evan Solomon, saying the network determined he had acted in ways that were "inconsistent" with its code of ethics.

The departure of Solomon, one of CBC's best-known news personalities, was announced Tuesday night barely an hour after a Toronto Star report alleged he had "secretly been brokering lucrative art deals" with people he has dealt with through his job.

The Star, in a story posted online, said Solomon told the newspaper he had been involved in an art business and that it was "all disclosed to the CBC." It also quoted him as saying: "I am no longer involved in the business. It is over."

Solomon, who is based in Ottawa, was the host of Power and Politics show on CBC television and host of "The House" on CBC radio.

In a note to staff on Tuesday night, CBC News' editor in chief Jennifer McGuire said the broadcaster had cut ties with Solomon.

"I regret to inform you that CBC News has ended its relationship with Evan Solomon host of Power and Politics and The House," she said in an email. "We will be making announcements about the interim hosting of these programs in the next few days."

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said the broadcaster determined some of Solomon's activities were "inconsistent" with the organization's conflict of interest and ethics policy, as well as its journalistic standards and practices.

Solomon, 47, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sources at the CBC said his departure was discussed at an emotional meeting of the Power and Politics team after its Tuesday's show, which was airing when the Star story was published.

Solomon's departure comes after several CBC on-air personalities also found themselves in the news over their alleged conduct.

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is facing several sexual assault charges and was fired after CBC executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman. Ghomeshi has admitted to engaging in rough sex but said it was consensual. His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty to the charges.

CBC business reporter Amanda Lang recently came under fire for an alleged conflict of interest in her reporting — although a review by the broadcaster found she abided by journalistic standards. Even CBC's chief correspondent and national anchor, Peter Mansbridge, has been criticized for taking speaking fees from outside organizations.

In its report on Solomon, The Star cited the CBC code of ethics, which states "employees must not use their positions to further their personal interests."

The newspaper alleged Solomon was taking "secret commission payments" related to art sales between a Toronto-area art collector and people he dealt with as a host at CBC.

In at least one case, the Star reported, Solomon took commissions of over $300,000 and allegedly didn't tell the buyer he was being paid fees for his involvement in the deal.

The newspaper said Jim Balsillie, co-founder of Research In Motion (now known as BlackBerry), and former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney were among the people Solomon connected to an art collector he knew.

Solomon has dealt with both Balsillie and Carney through his hosting duties at CBC.

Solomon, who has won two Gemini awards, is also a guest anchor on CBC News's flagship nightly newscast, "The National."

He joined the broadcaster in 1994 and worked in a variety of roles. Before his latest positions, he co-hosted weekly news and current affairs shows "CBC News: Sunday" and "CBC News: Sunday night" where he reported on a range of national and international stories. Prior to that he hosted a show about print culture and ideas, another about technology, as well as a CBC mini-series about writers and thinkers who made a radical difference.

Earlier in his career, Solomon was co-founder of a technology and culture magazine called "Shift," where he was editor in chief from 1992 to 1999.

Solomon has also published a novel, "Crossing the Distance," two children's books, and a non-fiction book on energy.
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Re: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

Postby Tom Jeffries » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:52 pm

The CBC Brass are going to get tagged and wear these messes, as well as the 'hosts'.

Someone has to take the Fall in the head office...because they are handling these properties.

It has been a tough go for the CBC.

Your tax dollars at work!!
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Re: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

Postby pave » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:35 am

Where, I wonder, is any conflict of interest...?
So the guy does some extra (unrelated to journalism) business with people he happens to meet at work.
Me, too!
The CBC is so insulated from "the street", they don't know when or whether to take a dump, spit nickels or go blind.
In this matter, there are no ethical issues.
There are, however, corporate optics.
I believe Evan's got hisse'f one hell of a lawsuit - which, I expect, will include punitive damages for wrecking an, otherwise, unsoiled reputation.
"Ready. Fire. Aim." - a pompous CBC executive protected by many layers of bureaucracy while breathing imported, highly oxygenated air.
Either break the CBC up into parts, or sell that whole cesspool of elitist ideologies and runaway, trumped-up or padded costs.
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Re: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

Postby jon » Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:44 am

pave wrote:Either break the CBC up into parts, or sell that whole cesspool of elitist ideologies and runaway, trumped-up or padded costs.

Just reading a mid-sixties national front page newspaper article on a prominent business type saying that three Crown Corporations -- the CBC, Air Canada and Polymer -- should be sold to the highest bidder as private business interests would run them so much "better". Better was not well defined.

Follow up articles indicated that a majority of Canadians, even after reading the article, supported the Status Quo, at least for the CBC (and the Monarchy).
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Re: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

Postby pave » Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:25 am

No surprise either, jon, as we are, after all, an uniformed electorate.
And never let it be said that there aren't interests who exploit that very situation - gleefully.
The CBC has been one of those interests for, like, forever...?
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Re: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

Postby PMC » Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:58 am

pave wrote: as we are, after all, an uniformed electorate.


Watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWgYC6wWNWU

Good canadian talent... and `informed'
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Ex-CBC Evan Solomon to SiriusXM Canada

Postby jon » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:27 am

The return of Evan Solomon: SiriusXM hires embattled broadcaster for political talk show
By The Canadian Press
August 5, 2015 6:50 AM

TORONTO — Former CBC personality Evan Solomon has landed a new gig hosting a one-hour political talk show on SiriusXM Canada.

The satellite radio company says the show, called ’Everything Is Political: Campaign 2015 with Evan Solomon,’ will premiere Thursday at 6 p.m. and will follow the run up to the federal election in October. Calling him “one of Canada’s most experienced political journalists,” SyriusXM [sic] said it expects the broadcaster bring “a depth of experience and credibility” to the new program.

“We will bring a unique perspective to the campaign and aim to become a required everyday source of essential national campaign material for our listeners,” Solomon was quoted as saying in a Wednesday news release.

Solomon anchored CBC News Network’s daily political series “Power & Politics” and CBC Radio’s weekly “The House” until CBC cut ties with him in June.

His dismissal came after the Toronto Star alleged the 47-year-old took advantage of his position to broker lucrative art deals between a friend and wealthy interview subjects. Solomon has denied any wrongdoing.

SiriusXM says the show will air on Thursdays in August before airing daily on weekdays in September until Nov. 5.

With files from National Post staff
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Re: Evan Solomon Gone from CBC

Postby the-real-deal » Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:06 am

pave wrote:Where, I wonder, is any conflict of interest...?


There is no conflict of interest. It's all bullshit ! The real conflict at CBC is with the "lesbian females" who run and manage CBC, on behalf of Hubert Lacroix, that career henchman slash lawyer, who never worked a day in his bloody life as an on air announcer.

The lesbians, however, cannot control the minds of their male on air talent like Evan Soloman. Therefore, the only option is to fire them before men become too powerful for them !

The luckier men who are kept on by the lesbians (ie George Strombolopolous) can do whatever the hell they want at CBC, as long as they don't hit women, have weird sex, sell art or do paid speeches at banks.

Ah. Amanda Lang ! Daddy's little gurl, the daughter of former Transport Minister OTTO LANG ! So, there IS a conflict of interest after all ! LOL
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