William Painter will retire after six-year run with the CBC

A Calgary-based artist and his wife, who are also artists, have announced plans to retire after they say they have been the subject of sexual harassment, discrimination and death threats.

The couple have been outspoken in their criticism of the CBC and its executives.

They say the broadcaster is “anti-white, anti-man, anti­-LGBTQ, anti ­feminist, anti‐white” and their work has been censored.

They have also said the network’s new leadership has no idea how to communicate to people on the ground in a way that reflects their beliefs and experiences.CBC senior vice-president and general manager of programming Michael Sussman told CBC News Monday that the company has spoken to William about the matter and that he will “take steps to ensure that he does not face discrimination in the future.”

He said the company would also be making changes to its policies regarding gender identity and expression.

“We have a diversity team working with him to ensure he feels comfortable,” he said.

The CBC has not yet released a statement about the accusations.

“While we cannot comment on the specific allegations, we take these matters very seriously and are committed to the safe, respectful, and inclusive work we do at CBC,” Sussmann said in an email to CBC News.

The statement did not specifically address the allegations made by the couple, who live in Vancouver.

The women, who have two children, are the first women to leave CBC News since the departure of its current president, Mike Crawley.

Sussman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.