CBSC British Columbia issues first decision

Ottawa, July 31, 1992 – The British Columbia Regional Council of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has found that a CHAN-TV news report broadcast on January 28, 1992, did not break an industry code. The news report described a local public figure’s views on AIDS and other issues.

The Regional Council found that the news report did not unfairly link two unrelated news items. Moreover, the report did not contravene an industry Code of Ethics “News” clause because it was not “selected for the purpose of furthering or hindering either side of any controversial public issue”.

The CBSC was established by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) to provide a self-regulatory mechanism for private sector broadcasters. The Council was endorsed by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in August, 1991 and administers the CAB’s Code of Ethics, the Voluntary Code on TV Violence and the Sex-Role Portrayal Code.

The Chair of the British Columbia Regional Council is Alden Diehl. The other British Columbia Regional Council members are Monica Becott, Jackie Drysdale, Bryan Edwards, Taanta Gupta and Robert Mackay.

The decision is attached.

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