TORONTO’S JAZZ.FM91 CEO STEPS DOWN IN WAKE OF PROBE INTO SEXUAL-HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

A probe spurred by a letter from more than a dozen current and former employees alleging that President and CEO, Ross Porter, had sexually harassed staff and created a toxic workplace.

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Ross Porter is seen in this 2005 photo. |

Long-time broadcaster Ross Porter stepped down last week from his position as president and CEO of Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 radio station on the heels of a third-party workplace investigation, a probe spurred by a letter from more than a dozen current and former employees alleging he had sexually harassed staff and created a toxic workplace.

In a statement posted to its website on May 30, the not-for-profit jazz station said Porter, a former CBC radio host who took over as head of JAZZ.FM91 in 2004, “will now spend more time with his family and his ailing wife,” who has cancer. He has been granted the honorary title of president emeritus and will continue to host his Saturday morning show, Music to Listen to Jazz By.

Charles Cutts, the former president and chief executive officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, has been appointed interim CEO of the station.

In a statement to The Globe and Mail, Porter denied that the changes were prompted by the investigation.

But the eight former and five current employees, who call themselves the JAZZ.FM Collective, say the changes do not go far enough, arguing that Porter’s alleged misbehaviour should rule out any continuing association with the station.

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