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Frank Koller

Author, Journalist, frmr Foreign Correspondent

Frank Koller is the author of SPARK: How Old-Fashioned Values Drive a Twenty-First Century Corporation (PublicAffairs, 2010). He was a journalist, economics specialist and foreign correspondent for 27 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, specializing in the workplace, the U.S. and Asia.

From 1998 to 2005, Frank was based in Washington, DC and traveled widely to every corner of the U.S. From 1985 to 1998, he reported from across East and Southeast Asia, and lived in Jakarta, Indonesia for three years.

He has a master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CBC Is Threatening Its Future By Mixing Journalism And Opinion

These comments, these opinions, by CBC journalists unequivocally violate CBC's long-standing, public and incredibly clearly-written policy statement that its journalists and the organization itself must not take any positions on issues in the public life of the country. CBC's senior news managers need to get serious about this.
12/15/2015 11:13 EST

News Reports On Trump Shouldn't Include Personal Opinions

What's worrisome here is that more and more often, CBC journalists are being asked to offer their personal takes (called analysis pieces) on stories they regularly cover. And more and more often, these analysis pieces seem to be venturing into what can only be described as personal opinion.
12/10/2015 03:45 EST

Nigel Wright's Testimony Is Insulting to Canadians

Nigel Wright didn't have a personal obligation to pay Duffy's debts, as he proclaimed. His personal obligation was to serve Canada and to maintain the integrity of its political institutions. We should be repelled by any notion that we should admire -- and excuse -- an incredibly rich individual who goes into public service and then uses his private financial resources to make political problems (and possibly crimes) disappear.
08/13/2015 05:40 EDT

The CBC Should Not Allow Rex Murphy's Two Personalities

In management's view, Rex (one and two) is in such complete control of his perceptions and biases that he can switch from one personality to the other while walking from a radio studio on the third floor of the Broadcast Centre in Toronto to a TV studio on the fifth or to his kitchen to write a column for the National Post. That is obviously impossible, although convenient wishful thinking for CBC executives stuck in a pickle of their own making.
07/28/2015 01:00 EDT
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Why Was Peter Mansbridge Permitted to Support the Mother Canada Project?

"I decided that you can't cover a controversy by being in one." That's Peter Mansbridge's revelatory explanation as to why his name no longer appears -- after many months -- as an Honourary Patron of the controversial Never Forgotten war memorial proposed for Cape Breton Island. Apart from the fact that this is one of the basic tenets of journalism -- along with get your facts right, and don't misspell someone's name -- it avoids answering the really important question in this whole fiasco.
07/06/2015 04:05 EDT

CBC Should Stop Making Excuses For Amanda Lang and Start Taking Action

As the latest chapter involving the extra-curricular activities of a very few of the CBC's most prominent journalists continues to unfold, let's be clear about the key element surrounding the cornerstone issue at play. This is about "the money." It creates a conflict of interest involving these journalists; the money has already changed hands so there is little point in calling it a "perceived" conflict. It undermines the public trust in what these journalists report and it undermines public confidence in the CBC.
01/14/2015 12:53 EST
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CBC Should Banish Paid Speeches

If the CBC should soon establish a new policy to clarify if and when its journalists can make speeches to -- and be paid by -- outside organizations, if it sticks to its word. Quite bluntly, taking money from any outside organization regardless of the content of any speech, demeans the idea of journalism at the CBC as an essential independent voice in a healthy democracy.
03/14/2014 05:49 EDT