Friday, June 24, 2011
Former Sportsnet host Damian Goddard is filing a human rights complaint against Rogers Communications Inc., claiming he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs in a controversial series of tweets. A statement issued Thursday by Goddard’s lawyer described the broadcaster as “a lifelong Catholic” and said his termination was a violation of his freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
“Critics on Twitter were calling for his head because he expressed a commonly held opinion that they didn’t like,” lawyer William Gale said in the statement. “Rogers answered that call swiftly and publicly. By doing so, they cemented the impression that his Catholic beliefs are inappropriate and grounds for dismissal.”
Goddard was let go from a hosting job with Sportsnet in May after tweeting in support of hockey agent Todd Reynolds. Reynolds made waves after he called out New York Rangers player Sean Avery for filming a TV ad in support of gay marriage, describing the player’s position as “very sad” and “wrong.”
“I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” Goddard tweeted the next day.
- ► 2019 (47)
- ► 2018 (137)
- ► 2017 (183)
- ► 2016 (278)
- ► 2015 (321)
- ► 2014 (262)
- ► 2013 (365)
- ► 2012 (644)
- OWL survives in a challenged magazine world
- Shaw cancels plans to launch sports network; repor...
- Confidence In TV News and Newspapers (Slightly) Up...
- The perils of reality TV: Is an election candidate...
- Sun News interview with dancer drew record complai...
- Slate magazine quarrels with author's analysis of ...
- Israel rescinds threat to reporters on flotilla
- CNN Sportscaster Nick Charles Dies
- CTV Toronto, CP 24 among RTNDA award winners
- Is the N.Y. Times taking itself too seriously in t...
- Star's public editor on unpaid "internships"
- Former Sportsnet host files human rights complaint...
- Conrad Black sentenced to 13 more months
- ‘Dragons’ Den’ star Kevin O’Leary accused of ‘enco...
- Apple planning "Apple branded" TV next year: Analy...
- CHCH morning show to begin at 4 am
- Gannett cuts 700 jobs across Midwest
- Olbermann beats Spitzer for young demo
- BCE says any ban on exclusivity ‘preposterous’
- Barnes & Noble Loss in Digital Books
- Rogers upset by "Wild West" of new media
- Billboard to tell drivers what music is playing
- Vertical vertigo in Hull
- Student's prom dress made of old newspapers
- The America’s Cup, Translated for Television
- Kissing couple tell story to the CBC
- Lovers kiss off New York media offers
- Painful re-telilng of a painful prediction
- Only in Argentina -- media heirs forced give DNA
- Media on the hunt for Vancouver riots hero
- Rogers names Whyte to head publishing unit
- Lloyd Robertson to release memoir in fall 2012
- CBC prepares to defend its finances
- Damascus hoax shows how easy it is to manipulate n...
- Australia's largest newspaper publisher refuses to...
- Fifth Estate wins Michener award for Ashley Smith ...
- HuffPost review: Page One -- Inside the New York T...
- Conservatives 'lay track' to attack media, real op...
- Facebook use drops in Canada, U.S.
- CRTC chief talks legislation for services such as ...
- Billionaire Russian immigrant buys 20 per cent sta...
- Montreal-based Reuters photog, Shaun Best, dead at...
- The Internet is killing local news, U.S. regulato...
- Scottish newspapers in crisis just when they are n...
- MoneySense named Magazine of the Year (print) at N...
- Rogers to launch Sportsnet magazine
- Huffington Post trumps NY Times’ web traffic
- Texas body hoax -- the lofty Euro view
- Officer who bullied reporter to be docked pay
- Toronto Star to buy online beauty magazine The Kit...
- News of the World apologises to Sienna Miller
- Robertson to anchor last CTV newscast Sept. 1
- Apple upset that AP is working on Jobs obit
- iPad Daily:"Nobody Knows Anything"
- Is the war on drugs really a war on journalists?
- L.A. Times columnist comments on the task ahead to...
- The New York Times appoints first woman editor
- TV broadcasters return to profitability but employ...
- Christie Blatchford jumps back to National Post
- Quebecor to launch all-sports channel this fall
- ▼ June (60)
- ► 2010 (1055)