Religious Program Distorted Facts and Contained Abusive Comments about Homosexuals, Says Canadian Broadcast Standards Council - 2010-12-08
Ottawa, December 8, 2010 – The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) today released its decision concerning the religious talk program Word TV broadcast on CITS-TV (CTS – Crossroads Television Ontario). The CBSC concluded that the program violated provisions of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.
Word TV (previously called Word.ca) is a religious talk program hosted by Charles McVety, who discusses political issues and current events from an evangelical Christian perspective and sometimes has guests on the show. The CBSC received complaints about the program's treatment of different issues, such as homosexuality, Islam, Haiti and euthanasia. The complainant felt that the program had included discriminatory comments on the basis of sexual orientation, religion and mental disability.
The CBSC's Ontario Regional Panel examined the complaints under the Human Rights clauses of the CAB Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code, which prohibit the broadcast of abusive or unduly discriminatory comment about identifiable groups. It also examined them under the Religious Programming Clause of the CAB Code of Ethics, which prohibits attacks on identifiable groups in such programming, as well as the Negative Portrayal Clause of the CAB Equitable Portrayal Code.