It came as a shock to many when Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts was suspended this week. No one expected to see one of the preeminent faces of the Toronto news scene and three-decade veteran of the craft suddenly brought to his knees by allegations of unethical double-dipping.
The Toronto Star reported on Thursday that Roberts was the co-owner of BuzzPR, a public relations firm that represented several businesses whose executives had appeared as guests on Roberts’ news program.
It immediately raised questions of transparency, in an industry where the public trust is everything.
"I’ve worked in the PR industry for over 30 years. I’ve never heard of such a thing," Carol Panasiuk, a veteran of the PR industry, told Yahoo Canada News on Friday.
"You’re either a journalist or you are in the PR industry. You can’t have your foot in both camps. It is unheard of certainly from a PR perspective."
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