My CBC Ombudsman complaint filed over the CBC documentary “Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows”

EDMONTON - Omar Khadr on May 9, 2015, with his longtime Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney. Edney, along with his wife Patricia, have offered the 28-year-old their home while he is out on bay after nearly 13 years in prison. MICHELLE SHEPHARD/TORONTO STAR.

EDMONTON – Omar Khadr on May 9, 2015, with his longtime Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney. Edney, along with his wife Patricia, have offered the 28-year-old their home while he is out on bay after nearly 13 years in prison. MICHELLE SHEPHARD/TORONTO STAR.

Update: Below is the response I’ve received from the CBC Ombudsman:

Dear Mr. Skoreyko:

I write to acknowledge receipt of your email.  The first step in the process is to share your complaint with the relevant programmers, who have the right and responsibility to respond.  I have therefore shared your email with Mark Starowicz, Executive Director of Documentary Programming.  If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you may ask me to review the matter.

Programmers are asked to try to reply within twenty working days.

Sincerely,
Esther Enkin

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Below is the complaint that I filed May 30th:

Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman

On Wednesday May 27th the CBC posted an article to promote the documentary called Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows (see here) which included this disclosure:

“The interview is part of a 44-minute documentary, Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows, a collaboration between the CBC, the Toronto Star and White Pine Pictures.”

Yet the press release issued by the CBC on the same day (see here) includes this disclosure:

“OMAR KHADR: OUT OF THE SHADOWS is produced by White Pine Pictures in association with CBC, Radio-Canada, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera America, and with the participation of Shaw Media Hot Docs Development Fund, Canada Media Fund, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.”

I would like to know:

1) Why the CBC partnered with the highly controversial media company Al Jazeera that is controlled by the dictatorship of Qatar?

2) Why the CBC omitted mentioning this partnership in its news article written by CBC News Producer Daniel Swartz?

3) What were the terms CBC agreed to with Al Jazeera including editorial control?

I look forward to your response.

Thank you
Dean Skoreyko

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6 Responses to “My CBC Ombudsman complaint filed over the CBC documentary “Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows””

  1. Jen Says:

    CBC in a cosy fort think nothing of the potential consequences that can happen after this interview. CBC has played a dangerous game with our lives and safety of Canada.

  2. 1957chev Says:

    CBC should not receive any funding from our government. They are pushing a corrupt leftist agenda. We don’t want to pay for that garbage.

    • Jen Says:

      You are right, CBC is just garbage; no landfill would want them.
      Ndp are going to double amount of monies to CBC on one condition I assume, that CBC follow the same rule book as they did/still doing for the liberals.
      When a broadcasting system like CBC looses credibility. CBC becomes ‘fair’ game for radicals to use.

  3. Jen Says:

    Why did not CBC come to the aid of Omar Khadr when he was arrested in 2002 at age 15years and remained in prison throughout Liberal PMs Chretien and Paul Martin reign in power until 2006.
    CBC nor other reporters had no interest in Omar at that time far less now. If the Liberals were still in power, Omar would be still in prison and not CBC nor any other lame reporters would dare go against the liberal party to aid a terrorist. CBC is nothing but a stooge for Al Jazeera to use.

  4. jmw Says:

    Good for you Dean, Those are questions that I would like answered as well. Stop all funding to the CBC until “satisfactory and honest” answers are given. And what the heck is SHAW Media doing involved in this? Any Shaw subscribers should be contacting Shaw execs as well.

  5. Jen Says:

    Man, this whole reconciliation for the indigenous people means nothing as Mulcair starts on using it as a political ploy to get more votes by blaming this government for the problems that happened over twenty years ago; long before the conservatives under Harper came to power in 2006.
    Ndp are no more interested in the AFN problems. Or else loud mouth Mulcair and Romeo Saganash mp would have thank PM Harper for:
    Giving more money to Aboriginal chiefs to tend to the needs of their people
    Apology to the Aboriginals.
    Land claims.
    Acknowledging the aboriginal women marital rights to own property (which the ndp voted against).
    The list goes on and on.

    Mulcair’s ONLY intentions is for/to the UNIONS.


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