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article imageCBC pulling Jian Ghomeshi interviews from archives, listeners mad

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 17, 2014 in Entertainment
The CBC announced on air on Monday that they will pull all of the interviews former host Jian Ghomeshi did on 'Q' off of their online archives page. The majority of listeners who have reacted disagree with and are angry about the decision.
The CBC head of media relations, Chuck Thompson, hastened to note that the pulling of the interviews from the archives does not mean the interviews are being destroyed. "We aren't erasing the archives, we're just taking them offline for now," Thompson told the Toronto Star in an email after they requested comment.
"There is no obvious right or wrong approach here. We've been giving this a lot of careful consideration over the last few weeks and want to give the program every opportunity to be as unencumbered as possible while some very creative people reimagine Q's future."
Q moving on
The program has moved forward without Ghomeshi, fired over a scandal that has seen some dozen or more women tell media he assaulted them in some manner, some saying he struck and choked them. At least three went to police and Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
Q has employed other hosts, such as Monday's guest host, Wab Kinew. Kinew was hosting a segment that dealt with ethics and broadcasting, in particular the ethics of watching or listening to artists such as Bill Cosby, who has had some two dozen women claim he sexually assaulted them. In the context of that, Kinew told listeners about the management decision to pull the Ghomeshi interviews.
Thompson said that the CBC online platform and YouTube broadcasts of Ghomeshi interviews will be pulled, though likely not every single one. Overall listener reaction has been against the move, some listeners posting angry messages online. Many feel the interviews are part of CBC history and deserve to be heard by those who have an interest.
Jian Ghomeshi: talented host
While Ghomeshi appears to have revealed, or had revealed for him, some very obvious shortcomings in the past seven or so weeks, his excellence as a host of Q was a well-accepted fact by listeners of the show, and many in the industry itself. He got big names to come on Q, many who normally eschew media interviews, such as Barbara Walters and Billy Bob Thornton. Ghomeshi interviewed guests with confidence, always bringing out stories and information in a relaxed and compelling manner.
The CBC said they do not have a specific date when the interviews will be taken down, but Thompson said it would be, "very soon."
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