CBC execs Chris Boyce, Todd Spencer take leave of absence

The moves come in the wake of the pubcaster's Jian Ghomeshi affair.
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In the wake of the Jian Ghomeshi affair, two top executives at the pubcaster are each taking a leave of absence.

Heather Conway, executive director of English language services at the CBC, in a memo on Monday told employees that Chris Boyce, executive director of radio and audio and Todd Spencer, executive director of human resources and industrial relations, were stepping away from their posts “until further notice.”

“As I’m sure you all can appreciate, the past couple of months have been very difficult for many people,” Conway said in the memo also signed by Roula Zaarour, VP of people and culture at CBC/Radio-Canada.

Spencer’s responsibilities will be assumed by Monique Marcotte, executive director, human resources, and Cindy Witten, senior director, CBC radio talk, will fill in for Boyce.

“We recognize this is a difficult way to start off the year, but despite our current challenges, together we will get through this, and we do have a great future,” the memo said.

The CBC in late October fired Ghomeshi, who was later charged with four counts of sexual assault and fifth for choking.

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