Carleton reviewing past CBC internships in wake of allegations against Jian Ghomeshi

November 3, 2014

In the wake of the scandal involving former radio host Jian Ghomeshi, Carleton University has announced that it will review its records of students who participated in internships at CBC and will offer counselling to anyone who may want it. Carleton says that 53 journalism students held internships at CBC between 2004 and 2014 but that it is still trying to determine if any of them worked on Ghomeshi’s program. Carleton is pursuing the review partly in response to an April tweet from an account named for Ghomeshi’s teddy bear that accused Ghomeshi of violent behaviour; the tweet ended with the phrase “signed, every female Carleton U media grad.” As of press time, 9 women have come forward publicly with allegations of violence, sexual assault, and harassment against Ghomeshi, who was fired by CBC last Sunday. A campus-wide email to the Carleton community stated, “the university is reviewing its records about field placements that our students have done at CBC Toronto and whether there were any at [Ghomeshi’s] Q program in particular. We have no information at this time that any of our students have been victims.” Ottawa Citizen

Postscript: November 4, 2014

Carleton University has completed its review of work placements and internships at CBC Toronto and determined that there is “no information at this time that any of our students have been affected” following allegations against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi. Carleton noted that because CBC handled specific assignments, it may not have complete information on which students may have worked on Ghomeshi’s show. “We now know that 73 of our Carleton journalism students were placed at CBC Toronto between 2003 and 2014. At least one of those students worked on Q during that period,” Carleton said in a statement. However, it emphasized that it will offer counselling services to any students requesting them. Ottawa Citizen