The NDP is charging political interference by the federal government, in the search for a president and a news chief for the CBC. Tom Long, the man apparently in charge of the CBC head-hunting task for the firm Egon Zehnder International, is a former Canadian Alliance leadership candidate and is well-connected to the top tiers of the Conservative minority government.
On one hand it’s tempting to dismiss such criticism, on the other, there is evidence that the American conservatives meddled with public broadcasting in the U.S. Add that to the well-documented attempts at media management by Stephen Harper’s PMO, and the charges are worth journalists taking a hard look. Question is, given Canadian media’s reluctance to report on ourselves, who will dig deeper?
Here is the NDP press release.