Sneaky Preview

So last night we were watching the CBC Edmonton news, which included a story about the closing of Sneak Preview, a video store with good selection of older, esoteric, and hard-to-find titles. (The story line was about finding a copy of “The Last Picture Show” which padded a 30-second story to 4 minutes, but I digress.)

I didn’t notice this before but there was something missing in the story. The co-owner of the shop, who was interviewed in the story, has a second job — as a video editor for CBC Edmonton. Isn’t this a pretty clear conflict of interest? As a sometime student of media, it strikes me that if you’re doing a story on a co-worker – even if that story is about the demise of your co-worker’s second job — it behooves you to mention the connection. No?