CBC cuts ties with host Evan Solomon

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TORONTO – The CBC abruptly “ended its relationship” with news host Evan Solomon on Tuesday night after a published report suggested he may have breached the public broadcaster’s code of ethics.

The departure of Solomon, one of CBC’s best-known news personalities, was announced barely an hour after the Toronto Star reported he allegedly had “secretly been brokering lucrative art deals” with people he has dealt with through his job.

In the story posted online Tuesday evening, the Star reported Solomon told the newspaper he had been involved in an art business and that it was “all disclosed to the CBC.”

Solomon, who is based in Ottawa, was the host of Power and Politics show on CBC television and host of “The House” on CBC radio.

In a note to staff on Tuesday night, CBC News’ editor in chief Jennifer McGuire said the broadcaster had cut its ties with Solomon, but provided few details.

“I regret to inform you that CBC News has ended its relationship with Evan Solomon host of Power and Politics and The House,” she said in an email. “We will be making announcements about the interim hosting of these programs in the next few days.”

Solomon could not immediately be reached for comment.

In its report, The Star cited the CBC code of ethics, which states “employees must not use their positions to further their personal interests.”