The Globe and Mail, never one to hesitate to point out even the slightest lapse on the part of Canwest-owned media properties, has a story about Global Television giving $5,000 to charity in exchange for an interview.
Normally, (respectable) journalists refuse to pay for interviews because doing so would encourage people to make up stories for money.
In this case, though, the money went to a charity, and not to the person being interviewed.
Does that make it ethical? I don’t know. But I’m sure this will become a discussion at a journalism class somewhere.