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CBC was once again found to have ignored its own journalistic code of ethics by not disclosing the financial ties of pundits invited to speak on air. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, CBC Ombudsman Jack Nagler’s 2021 Annual Report noted how the broadcaster often does not provide enough information to viewers about its panelists. “Viewers and listeners do not always get enough information about the panelists who appear on CBC programs,” wrote Nagler. “It inhibits the audience’s ability to assess the comments they are hearing. I hope improvements will be made in this area.” According to CBC’s Journalistic Standards, a guest’s ties must be disclosed by the broadcaster when they appear on air. “It is important to mention any association, affiliation or special interest a guest may have so the public can fully understand that person’s perspective,” the policy states. Various CBC programs have featured pundits that have received contracts from the Liberal government without making those contracts apparent to the viewers. Most recently, University of Calgary professor Trevor Tombe was invited to speak on a CBC Calgary program where he defended the federal government’s pandemic response.

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