Reviews released and under way

Since my last post I've released two reviews and launched two others.

The first review concerned a CBC Television documentary, Scout's Honour, seen on the fifth estate in October.

The central complaint was that the program did not make a clear distinction between Scouts Canada and the Boy Scouts of America. I did not find a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices, although I agreed with CBC News that the program could have repeated information about the distinction between the two organizations more often through the program.

The second review involved CBC News' coverage of 9-1-1 distress calls made by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in October when a CBC Television satirical program, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, confronted him in his residential driveway.

I could not conclude anything about the accuracy of CBC's journalism on the content of the calls because there has been no authoritative transcript or tape released to prove or disprove the anonymous sources for CBC's report. I found no violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices in the use of such sources, in the way CBC reported on the incident, on subsequent statements, or in the general coverage of Ford's term in office.

I am conducting two new reviews, one concerning a complaint about a perceived conflict of interest involving a CBC journalist and another concerning CBC coverage of a restaurant chain.