Amanda Lang

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Amanda Lang
Born (1970-10-31) 31 October 1970 (age 44)[1]
Alma mater
Parents Otto Lang and Adrian Macdonald
  • Maria (deceased sister)
  • Andrew (brother)
  • Timothy (brother)
  • Gregory (brother)
  • Elisabeth (sister)
  • Adrian (twin sister)

Amanda Lang (born October 1970) is a Canadian journalist and senior business correspondent for CBC News. She anchors the daily The Exchange with Amanda Lang on CBC News Network. She is the former anchor for Business News Network where she hosted SqueezePlay and The Commodities Report.

Life and career[edit]

She is the daughter of Otto Lang, a Liberal party MP and federal cabinet member during the 1960s and 1970s. Her stepfather, Donald Stovel Macdonald, was also a federal Cabinet minister.[2]

She attended St Mary's Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba and studied architecture at the University of Manitoba.[3] She began her career in journalism at The Globe and Mail in the InfoGlobe unit.[4]

Lang was later the New York correspondent for the National Post (after it acquired the Financial Post). She got her start in television as an anchor and reporter with CNN in New York where she reported from the New York stock exchange for American Morning, and anchored programs on CNN's then-financial network, CNNfn.

Moving back to Canada, she became an anchor for Business News Network and was host of both SqueezePlay and The Commodities Report.

She announced on 17 July 2009, that that episode of SqueezePlay would be her last, saying she was leaving BNN to pursue other opportunities.[citation needed] Starting on 26 October 2009, Lang and Kevin O'Leary began anchoring The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, a new business program on CBC News Network airing weekdays (as of 1 March 2010) at 7 pm Eastern Time,[5][6][7] on which she has interviewed people such as Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada.[8]

Her book, The Power of Why,[9] came out in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Lang was married to Vincent Borg until they separated in 2012.

Conflict Of Interest Controversy[edit]

The controversy grew slowly starting with a complaint in 2011 about Lang's criticism of Jack Layton's platform during the federal election during the 'Reality Check Segment of the April 25, 2011 episode of CBC Television’s The National.

At one point in the show, Lang said “the most serious gap in (NDP Leader) Jack Layton’s platform” was how it would raise $3.6 billion through a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions." The complaint was then filed by Charles Pascal, who pointed out that Lang's Brother, Andrew Lang, was the Liberal candidate running against Layton.

According to the CBC Ombudsman's report, "Pascal said he found the report biased, but suggested he had a larger concern. Given her familial relationship, it was inappropriate “for Ms. Lang to do political reporting parading as a business analysis. This is clearly a conflict of interest.”

The CBC Ombudsman eventually concluded that "A literal interpretation of the conflict-of-interest language in the journalistic policy led me to conclude that CBC News did not violate Journalistic Standards and Practices policy. But the presence of the conflict and the perception of one in this unique case also led me to conclude CBC News could have taken measures to better fulfill the spirit of the policy. Its approach gave rise to public complaint, perhaps at a cost of some credibility, which it need not have engendered." [10]

In 2013, a complaint was filed regarding Amanda Lang's articles in the Globe And Mail promoting the foreign worker programs, especially one entitled “Let’s Worry about Skills, not Outsourcing,”[11] as well as a segment in which Lang interviewed the President and CEO of the Royal Bank Of Canada about the foreign worker program and the widespread concerns that the program was displacing Canadian workers.

The subject was very controversial at the time, since a different department of CBC News had recently broken the story about inappropriate uses for foreign workers at RBC as well as other companies.

This segment and the articles came out while she was scheduled to speak at the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE) Global Sourcing Forum which was centered around outsourcing labor, but when the complaint was first lodged the appearance was cancelled.

The Ombudsman's findings were largely neutral, there was no finding of wrong-doing because the appearance had been cancelled following the initial complaint, yet the ombudsman admitted "All this does flag a delicate problem for news management. CBC has some very senior and respected journalists who are often sought out as speakers at various events. Journalists can’t and shouldn’t live in a bubble. They need to find appropriate ways to engage with diverse communities, some of whom may represent particular interests. But there is always a risk of a perception of conflict in these situations. It requires careful consideration as to what is appropriate and what can lead to a perception of conflict, if not a real one. And because the news agenda is always changing, it is hard to predict what might become a matter of public controversy."[12]

In 2014, a new conflict of interest controversy arose when it was discovered that Lang had been paid for speaking engagements at events for Manulife Insurance while giving them extraordinarily positive coverage. For example, the Sept. 24, 2014 episode of The Exchange was titled "Manulife’s $4B play; CEO Donald Guloien explains why the time was right for buying the Canadian operations of Standard Life" and was unquestioningly positive about everything Guloien said throughout the segment. [13] CBC discloses information on speaking appearances by it's journalists, so the appearances at Munulife seminars are a matter of public record. [14]

This has been seen by many as violating the promise that the CBC would reject requests for speaking engagements made by "companies, political parties or other groups which make a significant effort to lobby or otherwise influence public policy." made by CBC News Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire in April 2014 after a similar controversy involving Peter Mansbridge and major oil companies, [15] since Manulife was well know to have registered lobbyists in Ottawa. [16] [17]

Amanda Lang began to respond publicly via Twitter on December 22, 2014 as the controversy continued to grow, posting "Twenty years of credible journalism speaks for itself. But your public broadcaster can't. It's time to voice your support. The haters hate." [18] [19]


  1. ^
  2. ^ The Amanda Lang Exchange, Ryerson Review of Journalism, Summer 2012,
  3. ^ The Amanda Lang Exchange, Ryerson Review of Journalism, Summer 2012,
  4. ^ The Power of Why, Chapter 3, page 5 (e-book)
  5. ^ "Canadian Who's Who 2008". 
  6. ^ "Personalities". Business News Network. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  7. ^ "Amanda Lang". CBC News. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  8. ^ CBC show aired on 25 Dec 2012 segment Free Trade turns 25
  9. ^ The Power of Why, Harper Collins Canada, 2012
  10. ^ CBC Ombudsman Conflict Of Interest Review
  11. ^
  12. ^ Ombudsman's findings
  13. ^ The Exchange On CBC
  14. ^
  15. ^ Editor's Blog, CBC News
  16. ^
  17. ^ Huffington Post Business, Amanda Lang
  18. ^ Twitter Post
  19. ^ Huffington Post "Amanda Lang Blasts 'Haters' Amid Criticism Of Speaking Gigs"

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