TVO Network Investigating Sexual Harassment Claim Against Host Steve Paikin

The Canadian service said it responded to former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson on her website alleging a talk show host propositioned her during a 2010 lunch.

Canadian broadcaster TVO has launched a third-party investigation into a sexual harassment allegation made against flagship TV talk show host Steve Paikin.

The anchor of The Agenda, a nightly series on North America’s largest educational broadcaster, Paikin is tied to an online post by former Toronto mayoralty candidate Sarah Thomson in which she alleges she was propositioned during a 2010 lunch.

TVO had launched an independent investigation into the allegation, according to a spokesperson, who added that they saw “no reason to remove Mr. Paikin from his role as host for The Agenda, pending the outcome of the investigation.”

Thomson did not name Paikin on her website post as she recounted the lunch with a TV talk show host in Toronto. “My assistant and I met him at Grano’s on Yonge Street, and the three of us ordered our lunch. Not five minutes into the lunch the host asked me if I would sleep with him,” Thomson claimed in her post.

“My assistant almost spit his drink all over the table. I politely told the host that I loved my husband and would never do that,” she added. TVO said it learned of this allegation on Feb. 3 “when an email from former Toronto mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson was sent to Steve Paikin,” who immediately informed his employer of its existence.

“TVO does not tolerate sexual harassment. We believe it is important that allegations be fully heard and investigated,” TVO CEO Lisa de Wilde added in her statement. 

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