Posted June 16, 2018 07:23:16In a move that may shock some, CBC News has announced that it will not be taking any more formal and informal submissions from its employees for the upcoming summer.
The news comes as the newsroom is facing a shake-down following a series of stories that were widely criticized for being too favourable to CBC.
In addition to the departures of two senior staff members, one of whom resigned after a story he wrote about the CBC’s handling of a police brutality case was picked up by the Toronto Star, a number of senior journalists, including its president, are also set to leave.
“The decision not to take formal submissions was driven by the fact that we need to address some of the issues that were raised in the editorial reviews,” a CBC spokesperson said in a statement to the CBC News Service.
“We have heard that we can’t do it anymore.
It is something we have to do and we will.”
CBC News’ decision to not take formal submission is one of the first in a series that will result in the hiring of a new chief executive, as well as the rebranding of the news organization, which was previously known as CBC News.
In a statement posted to its website on June 16, the company said that it is now in a position to focus on the news and information it produces, rather than “the opinions and opinions of others.”
“We know that a lot of people are frustrated by the lack of transparency and openness that has been a hallmark of CBC for decades,” the statement reads.
“It is essential for the future of the organization that we address the feedback that has already been given.
We are doing that, with the new chief of staff and with the reinstatement of our new editorial team.”
The announcement comes after CBC News was criticized for allowing a “story of little consequence” to go to the Star after it was picked-up by the paper.
The story detailed allegations that the Toronto police department had used excessive force against a black man in the course of an investigation into a police shooting.
The incident occurred in 2014 and led to a police-involved shooting.
The CBC News story also quoted the man who allegedly was shot, as a witness, who said that he did not believe that the officer had committed the shooting.
In a subsequent interview with CBC News, the man, who spoke to the Toronto Sun, said he had not witnessed the shooting, but had heard rumours of it from other witnesses.
The Toronto Star later published a lengthy report, which described the police-related shooting of the man as “the single worst incident of police brutality I’ve ever witnessed,” and a “tragic accident.”
On June 16 and July 1, CBC had published a series on the shooting of Sammy Yatim, who was shot dead by police in the city of Toronto.
The series included interviews with police officers, who confirmed that Yatis actions were in fact justified.
After the Star story, the CBC reported that a number, including the officer who fired the shot, were suspended from the force.
Several days later, the Star announced that Yats case would be re-opened, following an investigation by the Police Services Board, which has been conducting an internal investigation into the incident.
CBC’s decision to discontinue formal submissions for the summer has been met with outrage from employees, as has its decision to rebrand the news outlet, which became known as the CBC in 2012.
“[CBC] is trying to be the CBC,” said one former CBC News employee.
“I think that’s crazy.
I think it’s ridiculous.
We don’t even know what it means to be CBC.
It’s not a public service anymore.”
Last week, the CEO of the CBC, Pierre Lanterre, called the news coverage of the Yatims shooting “a very sad day” for the news organisation.
With files from The Canadian Press