The CRTC, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has been engaging in an ongoing investigation into the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation over their slanted news regarding the #GamerGate controversy since January of 2015. The scandal that kicked off #GamerGate filtered heavy into the topic of media ethics, journalistic impropriety and corruption. Various forms of collusion, cronyism and unlawful activity were discovered during the early months of #GamerGate but the media decided to spin a narrative around women being harassed in the tech industry. Well, some viewers, readers and concerned consumers have called out the press on their antics and commissions like the CRTC have been answering the call of duty.
Recently the CRTC acknowledged that they were combining the cases involving a May 8th, 2015 episode of “On The Coast” with Stephen Quinn – where #GamerGate was used disparagingly to put across the narrative of death and rape threats in the tech industry – with an episode of CBC’s Radio ‘Q’ with Brianna Wu, where the segment also came under fire for a similar portrayal of #GamerGate.
Originally, the CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin, acknowledged the complaint about the Radio ‘Q’ interview with Brianna Wu that took place on February 25th, 2015 , which followed the airing of the Law & Order episode the “Intimidation Game”. After the CRTC was contacted, Enkin responded with the following message…
“The first step in the process is to share your complaint with the relevant programmers, who have the right and responsibility to respond. I have therefore shared your email with Jamie Purdon, Interim Executive Producer of Q. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you may ask me to review the matter.
“Programmers are asked to try to reply within twenty working days.”
That message was made back on March 9th, 2015.
As of the writing of this article, interim executive producer of ‘Q’, Jamie Purdon, has neither provided a response to the CBC Ombudsman nor contacted the concerned viewers with a response.
On May 8th, 2015 the CBC Ombudsman was contacted once again about Purdon’s lack of response. The CRTC’s full review of the CBC’s actions or lack of journalistic integrity is inhibited from commencing until Purdon offers a response, but according to Enkin that wasn’t happening…
“The practical reality is that I need a CBC response — and you do — in order to determine if a formal review is called for. It is possible that CBC will provide an acceptable response that will not spur you to request a review.”
A month later, on June 3rd, 2015 the concerned consumer who goes by the online handle of Lunar Archivist notified me that the CRTC had been contacted once more about the CBC’s lack of providing a comment or show a willingness to be communicative or cooperative.
Purdon’s lack of a response is what has caused consumers to hunker down and getting the CRTC to react, which has resulted in them combining the two CBC cases and furthering the investigation by procuring the logs from the broadcasting corporation.
Following the CRTC being contacted again and client services representative Patrick Desjardins making it known that they would be procuring logger tapes, the CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin, was notified once more about the issue. Enkin’s assistant responded saying…
“I have reminded the programmers at Q that you are expecting a response.”
A response may or may not arrive, but the CRTC is already acting on the information that they have.
This has been an ongoing issue with the CBC, and some branches have opted to simply stop covering #GamerGate to avoid any further issues. The National’s executive producer Mark Harrison acknowledged the ethics angle of #GamerGate and following complaints and further contacting of the CRTC, it’s yet to be reported that CBC’s The National have run a similar hit-piece.
We’ll see if CBC straightens up before the CRTC finishes up their own investigation.
(Main image courtesy of Bruce Is The Batman)