Reviews released and under way

Since my last post I have released five findings and launched two reviews.

The first review involved a complaint that the term "hackers" was used in a pejorative way in an online story. The complainant asserted that the use was biased and bred contempt. While the term is a flexible one with positive and negative connotations, I found that CBC elaborated on the term sufficiently to use it appropriately.

The second review involved a complaint about graphic images in a CBC Television report. I found that CBC violated its journalistic policy by not alerting the audience to the appearance of the images in the report.

The third review involved a complaint that host George Stroumboulopoulos expressed bias and failed to declare his conflict of interest in remarks on his television program. I did not find a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices.

The fourth review involved a complaint about CBC Radio New Brunswick segments on high school bullying. While I found room for improvement (but not a violation) on a minor issue involving the segments, I did not find a violation of policy on the major issues.

The fifth review involved a complaint about bias and inappropriate conduct by a host of a CBC Radio Ottawa program in a segment on gun control. I did not find a violation of policy in her conduct.

I have agreed to conduct two reviews of complaints. The first concerns the non-coverage of a Middle East issue. The second involves the disappearance of broadcast content when it migrated to the CBC News website.