The CBC announced Thursday it will no longer allow its on-air journalists to make paid appearances, a little over a week after senior business correspondent Amanda Lang publicly faced allegations about potential conflicts of interest for giving paid speeches.
CBC News and Centres editor-in-chief and general manager Jennifer McGuire told Torstar News Service the discussion around paid appearances had been ongoing, but that “the events of the last little while” impacted that discussion.
“The paid activity, just by virtue of being paid, was creating challenges in terms of our reputation,” she said. “So the idea was to just stop that from being the conversation and push our journalistic policies even further. It was creating a perception that we don’t think is right for our brand.”