Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CBC Denies `Sabotage' Allegation against Business Anchor Amanda Lang

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

CBC Denies `Sabotage' Allegation against Business Anchor Amanda Lang

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CBC denies 'sabotage' allegation against Lang

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The CBC, still dealing with fallout from the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, is defending one of its highest-profile personalities against a report that she attempted to "sabotage" a 2013 story about a bank that had sponsored some speeches or events at which she spoke.

CBC News Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire said in a memo to staff Monday that the allegations about business reporter Amanda Lang's involvement in the story on RBC's use of temporary foreign workers were "categorically untrue."

Lang is the host of "The Exchange with Amanda Lang" and occasional fill-in anchor of "The National."

The CBC memo came after media website Canadaland published a report alleging Lang tried to scuttle the RBC story. It also said Lang was in a "serious relationship" with an RBC board member at the time the story ran.

Canadaland alleged Lang tried to convince colleagues during a conference call that the RBC outsourcing story wasn't significant news.

McGuire said there was "rigorous debate" during the call but denied Lang did anything wrong.

"There was no 'sabotage' and the notion that 'Lang's efforts to scuttle the story were successful, at first' (as Canadaland reported) is categorically untrue. The story rolled out on all platforms," McGuire said in her memo.

McGuire said "appropriate protocols" were put in place after her personal relationship with the board member became known.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Lang said she disclosed the relationship in 2012 to the public broadcaster, which determined an on-air disclosure before an interview with RBC CEO Gordon Nixon was not necessary.

"In the case of my personal life, and the fact that I've been a business journalist for 20 years and have interviewed not just this CEO of the Royal Bank but the CEOs of all of the banks multiple times, long before this relationship existed, we determined that my journalism is not affected and the appearance of it being affected was not an issue," a defiant Lang said.

"So disclosure was not deemed to be required."

She also addressed the section of Canadaland's report that stated she was paid for speaking at six events sponsored by RBC. …

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