It was the water-cooler topic of choice and a top Twitter trend across the country on Monday, but was anyone beyond Canada’s borders glued to the Jian Ghomeshi trial?
The sex assault trial garnered some international media attention, although maybe not as much as you might expect. The former CBC radio host was born in England to Iranian parents and his radio program, Q, was syndicated for broadcast to more than 170 U.S. stations in major cities including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
The Guardian’s Molly Redden live tweeted the trial. The deputy cities editor, Christopher Michael, also tweeted: “Anyone want to talk about anything else Canada-related before we spend the next three months on #Ghomeshi? Going once, going twice.”
The British outlet, which has a U.S. office in New York, has ran stories on Ghomeshi since the scandal began, including opinion pieces from a former colleague and another from a previous partner.
Both the BBC and Washington Post ran stories, seemingly using wire copy.
Also, Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian-American journalist, posted a tweet to her 87,000 followers about the trial, although it only received a handful of interactions.
As expected, the coverage within Canada was as extensive, with most outlets, including the Toronto Star, reporting live throughout the day’s court proceedings.
The Star’s Kevin Donovan tweeted: “Court staff at Old City Hall say they have never before dealt with such intense media interest.”
The CBC did not shy away from covering its former employee, despite a December internal survey in the aftermath of the scandal revealing that 43 per cent of respondents would not describe their workplace as psychologically healthy.
The national broadcaster featured a news story and a live blog prominently on its homepage through Monday.