Reviews released and under way

Since my last post I have released four findings and launched one review.

The first review concerned segments September 22 and 26 on CBC Radio's The Current on the proposal for Palestinian statehood.

The complainant felt that CBC showed bias in interviews conducted by host Anna Maria Tremonti by more aggressively interviewing certain parties involved on the issue. I concluded the contexts for those interviews necessitated a different line of questioning and that there had not been a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices.

The second review concerned Coach's Corner segments October 6, 8 and 15 on Hockey Night in Canada. The mandate of the CBC Ombudsman extends to general-interest programming when current, controversial issues are discussed.

The complainant objected to remarks made by Don Cherry about three former NHL players and on the changing nature of the game. I concluded there had been violations of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices, but that Cherry was entitled to express his views on the game and that his on-air apology about inaccurate information was a textbook example of expressing remorse.

The third review concerned the identification October 10 of an expert on a report on CBC Television's The National.

The complainant objected to the label "labour analyst" being applied to a business professor. I concluded the label was relevant because of the professor's academic work in labour issues and public policy and that describing him this way was helpful to the audience in accordance with journalistic policy.

The fourth review concerned an image September 28 of the corpse of entertainer Michael Jackson on CBC News Morning on CBC News Network.

The complainant objected to the presence of the graphic image, which he found unnecessary and offensive. I concluded CBC should have provided an audience alert in one instance in which it featured the image, but that it had otherwise adequately informed the audience of the imminent presence of a relevant and newsworthy image from court testimony.

I have agreed to review a complaint involving a segment on psychiatry on the April 11 edition of CBC Radio's The Current.