Jian Ghomeshi: Disgraced Canadian Star Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Assault, Choking Charges

Scott Hough - Author

Oct. 2 2015, Updated 4:51 p.m. ET

Though perhaps not widely known outside of Canada, for a period of time from about 2005 to 2014, Jian Ghomeshi almost defined what it meant to be Canadian. Almost every single Canadian could recognize Ghomeshi’s face and his voice. He had hosted the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s television show >play and, later, the radio show Q.

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The CBC is a Canadian institution that might be best described as a cross between PBS and the BBC. The CBC is a crown corporation that is funded by the Canadian government, though it also broadcasts and accepts payments for commercials, as any privately owned broadcaster would. The much-revered Canadian broadcaster has been the subject of budget cuts by various federal governments since the 1980s, as reported by the Tyee, long before the Ghomeshi scandal arose

In urban Canada, in addition to CBC programming, people watch many of the same television shows as their American counterparts and there is a large selection of radio stations to choose from. However, in rural Canada, which includes vast swathes of the country, particularly for those living with low incomes, there may only be one television or radio station to watch or listen to: almost invariably it will be run by the CBC.


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