Friday, June 19, 2015

New journalistic policy at BCE in wake of Kevin Crull scandal

BCE Inc. has introduced a new journalistic independence policy to strengthen autonomy at its flagship news broadcaster after the company’s head of media was dismissed in April over his attempts to intervene in coverage, the Globe and Mail reports.
The new six-page policy was shared with CTV News staff on Thursday morning, and is designed to reinforce “independence and non-interference between BCE and CTV News,” according to a copy obtained by The Globe and Mail. The policy formally took effect on June 1.
 It also boosts the authority of the president of CTV News, Wendy Freeman, clearly stating her “absolute editorial privilege” and giving her a direct line to BCE CEO George Cope to address any concerns about the broadcaster’s independence in future.

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