Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman
As the nation’s public broadcaster, the CBC has an obligation to inform their readers, viewers and listeners of any conflicts of interests of guests they interview and in the case of not disclosing the spousal relationship of Scott Gilmore who appeared on The Current hosted by Laura Lynch Mar 31, 2017 in a segment titled “It’s time for red and blue Tories to part ways, says Conservative Party member” the CBC failed their own journalistic standards.
Not once in the entire segment was it mentioned Gilmore is married to Liberal cabinet minister Catherine Mckenna, not even when the host Laura Lynch summed up the guests’ bios: “Scott Gilmore is a national columnist at Maclean’s magazine, a contributor to the Boston Globe and a conservative party member. He’s in Ottawa.”
It’s not possible for everyone involved in this CBC radio show to have been unaware of his blatant conflict of interest and it’s reasonable to conclude this information was intentionally hidden by the host and producers in order to aid his attack on the Conservative Party.
A public apology and correction must be issued by the CBC, the show’s producers and host explain their roles in hiding Gilmore’s conflict of interest and the CBC must clarify to all employees that this type of unethical journalism will not be tolerated.