OTTAWA -- The CBC's ombudsman finds no problem with Peter Mansbridge taking money to speak before an oil lobby group but says the public broadcaster should "think about the appearance of getting paid by interest groups who are likely to feature prominently in the news."
CBC's viewers weren't happy when illuminated of the marquee anchor getting paid potentially big bucks to talk for an hour to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. They wrote to its ombudsman expressing their concern that his address constituted a conflict of interest.
Though Esther Enkin admitted it's "hard to argue that this does not lead to a perception of conflict of interest", interestingly, she concludes that Mansbridge's lucrative speaking gigs don't constitute a staff members using his association with the CBC for personal gain.
"Mr. Mansbridge only began speaking because CBC management encouraged him to do so," she wrote.