April 16, 2015 3:41 am
Updated: July 10, 2015 11:53 am

CBC ‘severing ties’ with 2 executives ahead of report on Jian Ghomeshi scandal

Jian Ghomeshi, left, and his lawyer Marie Henein arrive at court in Toronto on Jan. 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette


TORONTO – The CBC announced Thursday it is “severing ties” with two executives associated with the Jian Ghomeshi controversy ahead of the release of an independent investigation into how the CBC handled the scandal.

Chris Boyce who was a radio executive, and Todd Spencer who was a human resources executive at the CBC, were placed on leave in January.

The inquiry was conducted by labour lawyer Janice Rubin, who will also report separately on what the broadcaster should do to prevent similar issues in the future.

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Rubin was tasked with reporting to senior CBC management about what she uncovered, as well as coming up with recommendations on resolving any complaints.

Ghomeshi was fired as host of its daily arts and culture show “Q” in October after several women came forward with sex and assault allegations.

He faces seven counts of sexual assault and one of overcoming resistance by choking, but his lawyer has said he will plead not guilty to all charges.

Ghomeshi is free on $100,000 bail with numerous conditions and is due to return to court on April 28.

Live blog: Global News reporters Mike Drolet and Christina Stevens will be live tweeting the teleconference at 12:30 p.m. Follow along below. 

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