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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, March 24, 2003

CBC News Editor-in-Chief Tony Burman fires back at suggestions that associates of Liberal leadership contender Paul Martin strong-armed him into pulling a story on Martin and the business practices of Canada Steamship Lines, the company that was until recently owned by Martin. Some excerpts of Burman's memo to CBC News staffers:
* The segment was originally scheduled for April 1, but was moved up two weeks because the issue was in the news. The Disclosure production team was working on it right up until a few hours before air and on the eve of a war.

* I screened the piece in late afternoon on the day of broadcast. In my judgment, it was rushed together too quickly and was not ready for air. It is a complicated story and I felt it needed more clarity. I didn't feel there would be a problem if we delayed it to the next edition of
Disclosure. This decision was shared by Julie Bristow, our Director of Current Affairs and Senior Director Don Knox.

* As reported in the newspapers, a few days earlier I got a call and an e-mail from
[former CBC Parliamentary Bureau Chief] Elly Alboim who frequently works with Paul Martin... There was nothing unusual or inappropriate in receiving this communication from Mr. Alboim. We are Canada's national public network. Our journalistic policy book is a public document. If any Canadian alleges that we are violating our own policy -while we are preparing a piece or after it has been broadcast - then it is my obligation as the CBC's Editor in Chief to take it seriously.

So to repeat: the piece was delayed because we felt it needed more work. There were no outside pressures involved in this decision.
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