Amanda Lang

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Amanda Lang
Born (1970-10-31) October 31, 1970 (age 46)[1]
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Occupation Journalist, news presenter
Children 2
Parent(s) Otto Lang and Adrian Macdonald
Relatives Anthony Merchant (uncle)
Sally Merchant (grandmother)
Vincent Reynolds Smith (great-grandfather)

Amanda Lang (born October 31, 1970) is a Canadian business journalist, currently the host of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada.[2] Lang was formerly senior business correspondent for CBC News where she anchored The Exchange with Amanda Lang daily on CBC News Network. Prior to her work with CBC she worked as a print journalist for Canadian national newspapers and was an anchor for Business News Network and CNNfn.

Early life[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.[3] Lang has an identical twin sister, Adrian.[4]

She attended St Mary's Academy, a private Catholic girls' school in Winnipeg, Manitoba and later studied architecture at the University of Manitoba.[3]

Journalism career[edit]

Lang began her journalism career in print at The Globe and Mail in the InfoGlobe unit.[5]

She was later the New York correspondent for the National Post (after it acquired the Financial Post).

Switch to television[edit]

She got her start in television as an anchor and reporter with CNN in New York City 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.

Lang left SqueezePlay and BNN in July 2009.[6]

CBC[edit]

Starting on October 26, 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 March 1, 2010) at 7 pm Eastern Time,[7][8][9] on which she has interviewed people such as Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada.[10]

By now well established on the Canadian media scene, in February 2012, Lang hosted a lavish party for friend and former BNN colleague Ali Velshi's How to Speak Money: The Language and Knowledge You Need Now book launch.[11] Held at a Forest Hill home Lang shared with then-husband, mining executive Vincent Borg, the event was attended by prominent individuals on Canada's and Toronto's media and business scenes such as Moses Znaimer, John Tory, Kevin O’Leary, Andrew Coyne, Howard Wetston, Roots Canada founder Michael Budman, fashion editor Suzanne Boyd, gossip columnist Shinan Govani, etc.[11] Her book, The Power of Why,[12] came out in 2012. Already touted as Peter Mansbridge's successor on The National,[13][14] the 42-year-old Lang made Toronto Life's 2012 '50 Most Influential People in Toronto' annual list.[15]

On October 13, 2015, CBC announced Lang was leaving the broadcaster effective 16 October[16] for what was described as "a new opportunity outside the CBC in television."[17]

Lang became a host of Bloomberg TV Canada's new show Bloomberg North in early 2016.[18]

Conflict of interest controversies[edit]

NDP[edit]

In 2011, Lang hosted a panel on CBC's The National where she was assigned to determine the credibility of then NDP leader Jack Layton's election platform. It was not disclosed to the viewing audience that Lang's brother was, at the time, running against Layton for the Liberal Party in the riding of Toronto—Danforth. CBC's Ombudsman ruled in July 2011 that "it was not possible to compartmentalize Lang’s reporting on NDP policy from Layton’s qualities as a leader and credentials to be supported as a candidate. Any of her campaign reporting even indirectly intersecting with the Liberals or NDP could have been perceived as conflicted."[19]

Manulife and Sun Life[edit]

In December 2014, media website Canadaland presented evidence that earlier that year Lang had provided favorable CBC coverage to two companies, Manulife and Sun Life, without disclosing to viewers that each company had recently paid her for speaking engagements.[20]

RBC[edit]

In January 2015, Canadaland ran stories noting that Lang participated in the coverage of the Royal Bank of Canada during its temporary foreign worker program scandal, including interviewing the then-CEO of the bank Gord Nixon, while having done speaking engagements at RBC sponsored events, promoting her own book which featured a back cover endorsement from Nixon, and without disclosing she was in a relationship with a board member of the bank.[21]

In the wake of the RBC stories, George Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian, wrote on January 20, 2015, "It amazes me that [Lang] remains employed by CBC."[22] John Doyle, a columnist for the Toronto The Globe and Mail, wrote on January 23 "It’s time for Lang to get down off her high horse and go away. This is about the CBC’s reputation, not hers, which is already in tatters."[23]

On 22 January 2015, the CBC announced it had banned on-air talent from accepting paid speaking engagements.[24] Later that day, Lang conceded in a piece in The Globe and Mail that she should have made on-air disclosures about her connection to RBC and stated that she agreed with the speaking engagement ban.[25]

On March 5, 2015, the CBC announced an internal report conducted by one of its own news employees had determined Lang met its journalistic standards.[26] However, in a blog post and in a letter to CBC viewers who complained about Lang's alleged RBC conflicts of interest, CBC News General Manager Jennifer McGuire stated that the CBC did not disclose the majority of its report on Lang to the public, including the parts concerning Lang's alleged conflicts of interest regarding her personal life: "Let me state out front that only a small portion of that review was made public: analysis of the content that we broadcast and published. Other sections which cover the equally important questions about conflict of interest were not released because of obligations we have to keep them confidential... Any discipline carried out in accordance with that collective agreement is also confidential."[27]

Barrick Gold[edit]

Toronto's NOW Magazine reported on January 16, 2015, that Lang "came to the defence" of Barrick Gold, a mining company that had employed her then husband, in an on-air CBC segment.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lang, Amanda (2012-10-31). "Birthday post". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Bloomberg TV Canada". 
  3. ^ a b Burnside, Chelsey (Summer 2012). "The Amanda Lang Exchange". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Bradshaw, James (2014-08-15). "CBC's Amanda Lang: The accidental business expert". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  5. ^ The Power of Why, Chapter 3, page 5 (e-book)
  6. ^ "Lang leaps to CBC". Playback. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Who's Who 2008". Archived from the original on 13 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Personalities". Business News Network. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "Amanda Lang". CBC News. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ CBC show aired on December 25, 2012 segment Free Trade turns 25
  11. ^ a b Abe, Fraser (February 14, 2012). "Amanda Lang plays host to Toronto’s money at a party for CNN’s Ali Velshi". Toronto Life. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ The Power of Why, Harper Collins Canada, 2012 http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Power-Why-Amanda-Lang/
  13. ^ "Shinan: The Lang of it". National Post. December 11, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ Houpt, Simon (October 13, 2015). "Amanda Lang leaving CBC". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ "50 Most Influential 2012: a ranking of Toronto’s top tycoons, backroom operators and supersize egos". Toronto Life. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Amanda Lang leaving CBC for 'new opportunity'". October 13, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Amanda Lang leaving CBC". 
  18. ^ "Amanda Lang to host new show - Toronto Star". 
  19. ^ "Conflict of Interest". July 5, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Amanda Lang took money from Manulife & Sun Life, gave them favourable CBC coverage". 22 December 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Amanda Lang tried to sabotage a CBC story that scandalized RBC, who paid her". 11 January 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite". January 20, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  23. ^ "CBC’s Amanda Lang problem should end with this: Resign". January 23, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Amanda Lang Fallout: CBC On-Air Talent Barred From Taking Paid Speaking Gigs". January 22, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Public Trust Matters More Than Speaking Fees". 22 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "Amanda Lang Cleared in Conflict of Interest Review". March 5, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Does a Media Elite Exist in Canada or Not?". April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Conflict of Interest". January 16, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 

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