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|Born||31 October 1970|
|Alma mater||University of Manitoba|
|Spouse(s)||Vincent Borg (separated)|
|Parent(s)||Otto Lang and Adrian (Merchant) Macdonald|
|Relatives||Anthony Merchant (uncle)
Sally Merchant (grandmother)
Vincent Reynolds Smith (great-grandfather)
Amanda Lang (born 31 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
She is the daughter of Adrian (Merchant) Macdonald and Otto Lang, a Liberal party MP and federal cabinet member during the 1960s and 1970s. Her uncle is politician Anthony Merchant, her maternal grandmother was television personality and political figure Sally Merchant, and her maternal great-grandfather was Saskatchewan politician Vincent Reynolds Smith. Her stepfather, Donald Stovel Macdonald, was also a federal Cabinet minister.
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. She was reporting live on CNN from the NYSE on the morning of September 11, 2001, at approximately the same time that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. After she finished her report, CNN went to a commercial break, which was interrupted midway as the network began continuous coverage of the 9/11 attacks.
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. 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, on which she has interviewed people such as Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada.
Her book, The Power of Why, came out in 2012.
Conflict of interest controversies
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."
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.
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.
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." John Doyle, a columnist for the Toronto 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."
On January 22, 2015, the CBC announced it had banned on-air talent from accepting paid speaking engagements. 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.
On March 5, the CBC announced an internal report conducted by one of its own news employees had determined Lang met its journalistic standards. 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: “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.”
Toronto's NOW Magazine reported on January 16, 2015 that Lang "came to the defense" of Barrick Gold, a mining company that had employed her then husband, in an on-air CBC segment.
Lang is married to Vincent Borg, who since 1991 performed various roles at Peter Munk's gold mining company Barrick Gold including executive VP of corporate communications until August 2010. They separated in 2012.
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- "Amanda Lang tried to sabotage a CBC story that scandalized RBC, who paid her". 11 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
- "Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite". 20 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
- "CBC’s Amanda Lang problem should end with this: Resign". 23 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
- "Amanda Lang Fallout: CBC On-Air Talent Barred From Taking Paid Speaking Gigs". 22 January 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
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