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article imageReplacing Jian Ghomeshi: CBC says search for new Q host to start

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 13, 2014 in Entertainment
The CBC said today that they are actively searching for someone to replace former-host Jian Ghomeshi, fired in October, on the Q radio program. They may also change the name of the popular show.
“We’ve heard from a lot of people who think we should scrap it and a lot who want to keep it,” Cindy Witten, director of the radio network’s talk department said. “We’ll continue to listen to the audience and our partners and we also plan to do some targeted research.”
At the moment the show is being hosted by a rotation of hosts, Brent Bambury - the first to take the chair after Ghomeshi was fired - along with Piya Chattopadhyay and Tom Power. The search for a permanent host will begin in earnest next week, Witten told the National Post.
Already the show has made a big change, with a former-CBC producer Jamie Purdon returning to the broadcaster and becoming the interim executive producer of the Q. Mr. Purdon has replaced former Q producer Arif Noorani, who has been on leave since the Ghomeshi-scandal began.
Mr. Noorani, who some have criticized for not responding strongly enough to the atmosphere Mr. Ghomeshi has been alleged to have created on the show, had asked for reassignment. He returns to work Monday and will continue as an executive producer working on, among other projects, a new show.
Ghomeshi, who sued the CBC for $55 million over his firing, has not made a public appearance or comment in two weeks. He has been accused, much of it through media, of abusing up to 12 women; three have gone to Toronto police and filed a complaint. The police are investigating him on potential charges of sexual abuse.
The CBC fired him on Oct. 26 after seeing a video he brought to them in which he is alleged to have caused physical harm to at least one woman. None of the charges against him have been proven in court.
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