Its 2016: what case can be made for the Government to be in the broadcasting business, competing unfairly with the private sector? The CBC receives advertising and cable/satellite fees-fees greater than CTV and Global but this is not enough for the greedy CBC who also receive more than a billion dollars of your tax money. And now the new Trudeau Government has promised at least an additional $150 million dollars a year to this biased, wasteful government broadcaster. As is, Taxpayers continue to be hosed to the tune of about $100,000,000 (yes, 100 MILLION) of our taxes every 30 days with no CBC accountability to taxpayers as they continue with their biased news service serving only the extreme socialists and anti-Semitics. Wake up Canada!

cbcExposed continues to hear from confidential sources inside the CBC about the "scandal du jour" and we will continue to expose their reports of waste, abuse and bias while we protect our sources. We take joy in knowing CBC-HQ visits us daily to research our stories such as the CBC Sunshine List, ongoing scandals including the epic Dr. Leenen case against The Fifth Estate (the largest libel case ever awarded against the media in Canadian history) where no one at CBC was fired and taxpayers paid the award and legal costs for this CBC Libel action. Writers and filmmakers take note-this is a Perfect story for a Documentary!

cbcExposed continues to enjoy substantial visitors coming from Universities and Colleges across Canada who use us for research in debates, exams, etc. We ask students to please join us in this mission; you have the power to make a difference! And so can private broadcasters who we know are hurting from the dwindling Advertising revenue pool and the CBC taking money from that pool while also unfairly getting Tax subsidies money. It's time to stop being silent and start speaking up.

Our cbcExposed Twitter followers and frequent visitors to cbcExposed continue to motivate us to expose CBC’s abuse and waste of tax money as well as exposing their ongoing left wing bully-like news bias. Polls meanwhile show that Canadians favour selling the wasteful government owned media giant and to put our tax money to better use for all Canadians. The Liberals privatized Petro Canada and Air Canada; it’s time for the Trudeau Liberals to privatize the CBC, not give them more tax money.

What does it take for real change at the CBC? You! Our blog now contains a link to the Politicians contact info for you to make your voice heard. Act now and contact your MP, the Cabinet and Prime Minister ... tell them to stop wasting your money, and ... sell the CBC.

Friday, April 29, 2016

CBC needs to adapt to stay rlevant

Canada's new heritage minister says the Trudeau government will increase funding to "battered" arts and cultural institutions, including the CBC, but that they should adapt to the digital age.

"In order for innovation to happen, you need to have the right ecosystem, and at the core of that ecosystem is arts and culture," said Joly, who has served on boards for various cultural institutions including the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Governor General's Performing Arts Award and Business for the Arts.

But she insists arts and cultural institutions, including the CBC, need to adapt to modern times to stay relevant.

She notes CBC did well in the '30s and '50s to adapt to a new technology — radio, then television — and it needs to do so again in the digital age.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Heritage Minister urges change at CBC

Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries, with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announcing Saturday a public consultation on how to "strengthen the creation, discovery and export of Canadian content in a digital world."

Joly told the Globe and Mail newspaper she was willing to change laws such as the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, as well as modify the mandates of the CBC and the CRTC — Canada's broadcast regulator.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Management driving CBC into bankruptcy says petition

Management is using the same management guidelines and directions used in the private sector to rule the Corporation, which is incompatible with the mandate given to the CBC/Radio-Canada, therefore driving us into bankruptcy.

We, the undersigned, invite the population, experts, the media, as well as all the federal and provincial political parties to support our call-out to the House of Commons for a moratorium on the recent CBC/Radio-Canada cuts and for a public parliamentary commission on the future of our public broadcaster, which would reflect on the Corporation’s financing, governance, mission and programming. We invite you to join in this broad debate. The CBC/Radio-Canada belongs to all of us; it is up to us to decide its fate.

See the full petition here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CBC president Hubert Lacroix's biggest challenges have been ethical and personnel scandals

CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix has had a rocky eight years at the helm of Canada’s public broadcaster, and the union that represents most of his employees is now calling for him to step down. 

Lacroix, a Montreal lawyer with no previous media experience, was appointed in 2007 by Stephen Harper and has long fended off accusations that he was looking to gut the CBC because of his close ties to the Conservative Party.

While Lacroix has presided over budget cuts, asset sales and falling ratings, his biggest challenges have been ethical and personnel scandals that challenged the CBC’s personality-focused system. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest controversies involving CBC stars since Lacroix — who wasn’t immediately available for comment — took over.

Read the full story here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

CBC President Hubert Lacroix accused of making false statement

During a stormy meeting with CBC’s employees who pressed him to take on the Harper government about its neglect of public broadcasting, Hubert Lacroix, CBC’s President – appointed by Harper seven years ago – blurted out that the government is CBC’s ‘shareholder’.

Of course, that is false. CBC belongs to all of us - all 35,427,524 Canadians. That’s what distinguishes a ‘public’ broadcaster from a ‘state’ broadcaster in democratic countries.

Read the full story here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

CBC president Hubert Lacroix and board no longer have legitimacy

The two unions representing the vast majority of CBC and Radio-Canada employees across the country are calling for CBC president Hubert Lacroix and the entire board of directors to step down, and are launching a petition on the matter amongst its members.
The petition, obtained by Torstar News Service, lists a number of grievances, including:
  • failure to defend public broadcasting and a shift towards privatization;
  • haste in imposing the previous Conservative government’s budgetary cuts;
  • the sale of CBC/Radio-Canada properties and an end to in-house production;
  • laying off more than 2,100 employees between 2009 and 2010, 1,300 between 2014 and 2015, and the planned departure of more than 1,000 workers between now and 2020;
  • “We concluded that (Lacroix and the board) no longer have legitimacy,” Isabelle Montpetit, president of Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada, told the Star. That union represents most of Radio-Canada’s employees in Quebec and New Brunswick.
    Read the full story here.

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    CBC Prompted To Acknowledge Jerusalem Bus Bombing

    Today, Honest Reporting Canada liaised with senior executives at the CBC requesting that an online article published the day prior, prominently acknowledge that yesterday’s terror bus bombing in Jerusalem be acknowledged as such, and not just described as a mere bus “explosion”.

    We are pleased to report that our intervention prompted the CBC to amend their article’s headline which prominently now notes that a “bus bomb blast” had occurred.

    Read the full story here.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    CBC seems to have cut its nose to spite its face

    Hubert Lacroix, the president of the CBC, recently placed the future of Canada's national public broadcaster on the electoral map with comments aimed at sparking a renewed debate on future funding models. Lacroix disputed claims that low ratings are to blame for the CBC's financial struggles, instead pointing to the need to consider alternative fee schemes, including new levies on internet providers or supplementary charges on television purchases.

    While disagreement over CBC funding is as old as the broadcaster itself, the more uncomfortable discussion for the CBC is its coverage of the current election campaign -- particularly its approach to national debates and political party advertising -- which raise troubling questions about its relevance in the current media environment.

    The most puzzling decision has been its refusal to broadcast debates hosted by other organizations. The CBC may be disappointed with the debate approach adopted by the political parties in this campaign, but that does not change the sense that if the national public broadcaster does not air programs in the national public interest, it calls into question the very need for a public broadcaster. Indeed, the CBC seems to have cut its nose to spite its face by doing its best to prove its critics right.

    Read the full story.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Will CBC President Stay Or Will He Go?

    Stephen Harper made no effort to hide his disdain for a public broadcaster he considered largely a waste of taxpayer money, entrenched in its liberal bias and increasingly irrelevant as a cultural arbiter. Even CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix, who was named to the job by Mr. Harper and reappointed for second five-year term in 2012, seemed elated to see the Tories go.

    “It has been a long time for me in this chair waiting for this moment,” Mr. Lacroix said last month. “I finally have a person that wants to talk to us and has an interest in [the CBC’s] future.”

    But does Ms. Joly want to talk to him? The new minister, who once worked under Mr. Lacroix during her brief stint as lawyer at the same Montreal law firm, has given no direct hints about whether the CBC chief will finish his term, much less get another. He implemented the Tory cuts that the Liberals vow to reverse and the CBC’s unions have clamoured for his resignation.

    Read the full story.

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    CBC Leadership and Direction

    All members of the CBC Board of Directors and the President and CEO have been appointed by the Prime Minister, a practice that dates from the 1930s.

    Hubert Lacroix, the current CEO and President of the CBC, is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer who had no experience in running a broadcasting organization of any size, nor did he have any radio or television production or scheduling experience when (Prime Minister) Harper appointed him in 2007.

    This means that the CBC is being managed by people who do not have an understanding of or experience in running a public service broadcaster.

    This is reflected in the CBC’s current strategic plan, that calls for further commercialization of the CBC’s television, radio and online services, ending over the air broadcasting and a near-total dependence on digital delivery – an approach that has led CBC to the crisis it faces today.

    Read the full story here.

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    CBC denies then tries to rationalize

    Would Netflix want to get into the newspaper business? I doubt it. Then, why is CBC so keen on competing with the print media with its online offerings? Is it breaking the law in doing so?

    For more than 20 years CBC has offered an Internet website, cbc.ca, but in the past few years this effort has been accelerated. In its recently released strategic plan, called “A Space for Us All,” CBC was coy about its plans to compete with print media. When it was pointed out on Twitter that the strategy said the CBC wanted to turn into a “public media company,” the CBC first denied that this phrase was in the document and then tried to rationalize it.

    The CBC strategy calls for TV/radio to be the lowest priorities and Internet and “mobile” services to be given the highest priority and predicts that by 2020 twice as many people, 18 million per month, will use CBC digital/mobile services.

    Yes, cbc.ca may reach a lot of different people but most only spend a few minutes with the site each month and therefore are of little value to advertisers. It is services like Facebook with a very large monthly reach and users who spend many hours per month on the service that interest advertisers.

    Read the full story here.

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    CBC has systematically destroyed any creative spark in Canada

    The following letter was written by a follower of this blog and is reprinted here in its entirety with her permission:

    This CBC Exposed - it all sounds good but is it going to change CBC?

    My feeling is that CBC could broadcast Beethoven's 9th and it would come out sounding like a lifeless dull drone. CBC has managed to suffocate and destroy every creative spark in English Canada.

    There simply isn't any spark of life on the creative side of CBC. None.

    The dramas , the comedies-God forbid, are all embarrassingly hideous to watch. They're dull, and frankly they're really lousy copies of American shows.

    I truly believe that CBC has systematically destroyed any creative spark in Canada. They have reduced what talent there is to a government funded monotone.

    I believe that they should be de-funded completely and reassembled as an all News Channel.

    Get their fingers out of the creative pie completely and maybe - just maybe Canada will come to life. God knows there's life there-in Canada.  There's talent there. Just keep CBC away from it -or they will destroy it all.

    I'm a writer.  I'm from Montreal - where I worked solely with the French. They're more fun and they're alive.  I'm living in L.A.  I left because I was exhausted by the ridiculous tyranny of a group of no talent bums and civil servants trying to run my life in English Canada.

    That's your CBC.  It's all yours. Get rid of it.

    Judy Mann

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    CBC refuses CRA request

    CBC declines to turn over Panama Papers data to CRA

    The Canada Revenue Agency has formally asked the CBC to hand over offshore tax-haven data from the massive Panama Papers leak, but the news organization is refusing.

    The commissioner of the agency, Andrew Treusch, sent an email on Friday to the president of the CBC asking for the data, saying the agency wants to begin work immediately on reviewing the information.

    Earlier this year, the Panama Papers were distributed electronically to CBC News and other select news organizations around the world, and stories about the contents began to appear this month. The blockbuster revelations are having serious political repercussions in some countries, while others are looking at ways to stop the wealthy from stashing cash offshore to avoid paying taxes.

    Read the full story here.

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    CBC names new Ombudsman for French Services

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has named Guy Gendron its next ombudsman for French Services, CBC / Radio-Canada. CBC also has an ombudsman for English-language programming, Esther Enkin. Gendron’s term will last five years, CBC Radio Canada confirmed to iMediaEthics.

    The CBC explained the job role is independent and handles complaints. The press release states:
     “The Ombudsman is independent of the programming staff and reports directly to the Company’s Board of Directors, through the Chairman and CEO. The Ombudsman examines complaints from the public when it deems the response of members of the unsatisfactory information sector.There are two ombudsmen to CBC / Radio-Canada: one for French Services and one for English Services.”

    Read the full story here.

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Much of CBC programming is redundant

    “One key task is to assess whether the idea of universality still holds water,” the Culture Secretary told the House. “With so much more choice, we must at least question whether the BBC should try to be all things to all people.”

    If the BBC, with its more than £5-billion ($10.1-billion) in revenue, global reach and dominant position on British television, is in need of a rethink, what can be said of the CBC?

    Either Canada’s public broadcaster will continue to limp along – resisting calls to refine its outdated and overly broad mandate to reflect a multichannel, multiplatform universe – or it will admit that much of the programming on which it spends its scarce resources is redundant.

    The network angered viewers by referring them to its website to watch the gold medal baseball game between Canada and the United States. But that’s what happens when, in Mr. Whittingdale’s words, you “try to be all things to all people.”

    Just don’t tell that to Hubert Lacroix. “I do not believe the answer is to become some kind of niche broadcaster limited to doing what private broadcasters will not do or have no business incentive to do,” the CBC’s current president told the Senate committee. “No other public broadcaster in the world is put into that kind of a box.”

    That may have been true in the past. But governments all over are reconsidering the mandates of their public broadcasters in a world of endless consumer choice.

    The question facing Canadians is whether there’s a place for CBC, period.

    Friday, April 08, 2016

    CBC President Lacroix defends decision ...

    The president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation defended his decision on Wednesday to hire Heather Conway, an executive at the Art Gallery of Ontario who has never worked in either radio or television programming, to head up the public broadcaster’s English-language services.

    The choice of Conway surprised many in the TV industry, in part because her sole experience in television came during a six-year stint as a marketing and communications executive at the broadcaster and producer Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.

    Conway’s predecessor, Kirstine Stewart, who departed CBC in April to become the head of Twitter Canada, had deep experience as a television programmer, but Lacroix insisted that was not a prerequisite for a position that ultimately approves the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars on content.

    Read the full story here.

    Thursday, April 07, 2016

    CBC President Hubert Lacroix stepped way over the mark ...

    Hubert Lacroix, president of the CBC, stepped way over the mark when he lamented the Harper years and welcomed the new government.

    "It's been a tough time for us over the last years: shrinking resources, perhaps not the kind of connection with the government that you would like a public broadcaster to have," Lacroix said. "Now we have a government that wants to engage in these conversations, a government that has said great things about the broadcaster. It has been a long time for me in this chair waiting for this moment. I finally have a person that wants to talk to us and has an interest in this future."

    Lacroix's public comments were unbecoming of the head of a Crown corporation. Even if the government isn't saying "great things" about you, head of the CBC should simply do his job as effectively as possible and address any concerns privately. If another party promises more money, rise above rubbing your hands with gratuitous delight when it gets elected. That's especially important because the CBC doesn't just report to the government; it's a media organization that reports on it.

    Read the full story here.

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016

    CBC workplace is psychologically unhealthy

    Many employees of Canada’s national broadcaster believe the CBC workplace is psychologically unhealthy and managers do not deal effectively with issues that may threaten or harm them, according to an internal survey carried out following the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.

    “Psychological health and care for individual well-being are significant concerns,” says a report released internally to CBC and obtained by the Star. The results show 43 per cent of survey respondents said they would not describe their workplace as psychologically healthy.

    Concerns were also raised by survey respondents over whether the CBC deals effectively with “situations that may threaten or harm employees.” Almost a third (29 per cent) said the CBC does not.

    The survey, conducted for CBC in the summer by Gallup, also showed that “pride of association” in the national broadcaster has plummeted from 92 per cent of employees feeling proud to be CBC journalists and support staff in 2012 to 69 per cent in 2015.

    Just over one half of the CBC’s 7,600 full- and part-time employees completed the survey. The questionnaire asked people to answer the questions on a 1-5 scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”

    Read the full story here.

    Tuesday, April 05, 2016

    CBC responds to comments complaint

    CBC management doesn't plan to make any immediate or major changes to its online comments policy in the wake of a complaint by a group of prominent New Brunswick francophones over what they considered hateful attacks on the province's French-speaking community.

    Brodie Fenlon, CBC's senior director of digital news, does say in a statement issued Friday that "more changes are needed, and will come."

    Fenlon acknowledges in his response that some "objectionable" comments do end up on CBC sites, but says permitting commenters to use pseudonyms allows for an inclusive platform for all voices, including victims of crime and whistleblowers.

    CBC is obligated under the federal Broadcasting Act to carry different points of view on controversial matters of public interest and concern. But the challenge of balancing freedom of expression with the right to respectful debate is not unique to the CBC, said Fenlon.

    Read the full story here.

    Monday, April 04, 2016

    CBC President Lacroix Should Face the Music and Resign

    Since CBC President Hubert Lacroix announced plans to “ensure the sustainability” of the public broadcaster by radically reducing staff and shifting its focus from television and radio to various forms of internet delivery over the next five years, there has been a rising chorus of voices calling on him to resign.

    “Focused, smaller, more mobile, more relevant,” is how Lacroix describes the new CBC he envisions. He calls it a “public media company [that] focuses on partnering to develop content” as opposed to a conventional public broadcaster.

    Read the full story here.

    Friday, April 01, 2016

    CBC unions seem to tone down rhetoric again Hubert Lacroix ... but ...

    The unions inside the CBC seem to have toned down earlier rhetoric suggesting the pubcaster's president, Hubert Lacroix, be pink-slipped. There is, however, a sense of urgency and perhaps even a hint of impending agitation embedded in the wording of a letter ostensibly sent to congratulate Melanie Joly on her appointment as federal Heritage Minister.

    Read the full story here.

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    Did CBC's Peter Mansbridge miss the mark?

    Canada's having a national debate about how the criminal justice system handles cases of sexual assault.

    A good opportunity to ask some big questions about this issue came Tuesday night when CBC's Peter Mansbridge interviewed Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer, Marie Henein.

    Although she had a good suggestion about increasing resources for the Crown, some thought Mansbridge missed the mark, engaging in a basic discussion about how things work instead of honing in on the bigger structural problems in the criminal justice system that surfaced during the trial.

    Read the full story here.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    CBC President Hubert Lacroix makes a lot of money

    Tough times don't necessarily mean lean times for some of Canada's top public servants. As many Canadians lose their jobs or struggle to make ends meet, Canada Post president Moya Green is eligible for a $641,000 public pay packet in base salary and performance bonus. While that's less than some CEOs in the private sector, it's more than double the prime minister's annual remuneration and five times more than the governor general's pay.

    A Sun Media survey of top government appointees shows most of the highest-paid bureaucrats head up Crown corporations. Karen Kingsley, president of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. and CBC president Hubert Lacroix are both eligible to earn more than a half-million dollars a year in salary and bonuses ...

    Read the full story.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    WikiLeaks Reveals CBC May Be Sold

    WikiLeaks Reveals the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Canada Post May Be Sold Under TPP Agreement.

    A secret letter leaked by WikiLeaks on Wednesday reveals that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Canada Post could be sold under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, being negotiated by Canada and 11 other countries this week in Maui, Hawaii.

    The confidential letter, titled, “State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Issues for Ministerial Guidance” (PDF), reveals the perils Canada’s key Crown Corporations now face under the Harper government’s burgeoning privatization and trade agenda.

    The leaked document was prepared for a TPP Ministerial Meeting held in Singapore in December, 2013. According to the whistle-blowing website, the document “indicates a wide-ranging privatisation and globalisation strategy” whose main aim is to undermine state-owned enterprises (SOEs) – publicly owned corporations whose mandate is to deliver the public good with no or minimal commercial considerations. That will change under the TPP.

    Read the full story.

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    CBC was in a direct conflict of interest

    Budget 2016 is all about payback for the CBC and its cheerleading coverage of Justin Trudeau's march to power.

    With its hand firmly inside the public purse, this budget will give the public broadcaster $675 million over the coming term, starting with a $75-million cheque this year.

    This approach ignores the notion the CBC and its often elitist programming should stand on its own two feet. If what the so-called mother corporation generates attracts enough of an audience, it ought to be able to make its way without reaching into your pocket or mine.

    But there's another reason this entire scenario leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many. During the entire election campaign, it was evident to anyone who cared to pay attention that the CBC was in a direct conflict of interest.

    Read the full story here.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    Increased CBC funding requires accountability plan

    A $675-million pledge by the Liberal government – which includes $75-million in new funds for the rest of this fiscal year followed by an extra $150-million annually through 2021 – is the anticipated centrepiece of an array of new cultural spending totalling nearly $1.9-billion over the next five years. 

    But the increased funding may come with strings attached. While Tuesday’s budget promises the government is “reinvesting and re-engaging” with the public broadcaster to ensure its “long-term sustainability,” it also requires that the CBC work with government “to develop a five-year accountability plan,” the details of which are not yet clear.

    Read the full story here.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Trudeau saves CBC from extinction

    For the second time since the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government last fall, you could hear all employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) breathing a big sigh of relief.

    The struggling public broadcaster received a reprieve from the new federal government after plans were announced today to provide the network with a $675-million investment over five years. CBC will receive a $75 million boost this year, followed by a $150 million annual increase until 2021.

    More than 2,800 positions have been eliminated at the CBC since 2008 due to the Conservative government and changes in the media landscape. The network has lost its once-proud sports department, which is no longer capable of broadcasting professional sports.

    The latest plan indicated the CBC would pull away from television and radio and focus more of its resources on digital and mobile platforms.

    Read the full story here.

    PS - Have any thoughts of increased tax dollars going this way?

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    2015 a scandal-plagued year for CBC

    It's been a heck of a year for the CBC -- a scathing report denounced managers for their handling of the Jian Ghomeshi affair while former anchors Amanda Lang and Evan Solomon faced controversies of their own.

    All the while, the CBC continued to grapple with steep budget cuts that slashed news broadcasts, gutted sports and documentary divisions and put for sale signs in front of aging facilities.

    Read the full story here.

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    CBC Go Public reports are rich in speculation but poor on facts

    On April 7 and 14, 2014, the CBC Go Public program reported on the use of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“the Program”) in three franchise-owned restaurants in Western Canada.

    McDonald’s Canada was first notified of the initial allegations on April 1, 2014 and immediately investigated them.

    McDonald’s Canada has a longstanding track record of job creation in Canada, for helping launch the careers of young people across our nation and for our significant contributions to communities big and small from coast-to-coast.

    The CBC Go Public reports are rich in speculation but poor on facts. We believe that Go Public’s reporting deliberately misrepresents the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in our restaurants. The information provided in the Go Public reports is presented out of context, relies almost exclusively on former employees as the source and is remarkable in its bias.

    We object to CBC’s Go Public use of hidden cameras to film employees in our restaurants without our approval, followed by the not too subtle innuendo and false claims that these individuals may be taking jobs from Canadians.

    In response to Go Public and out of respect to all our employees – both Canadian and foreign workers alike -- we will set the record straight about McDonald’s and our commitment to job creation in Canada.

    Read the full McDonald’s Media Statement here.

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    CBCs claim inconsistent with the state of the law

    The CBC has asked YouTube and Facebook to remove the Conservative Party’s latest attack ad against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, arguing the ad “not only uses CBC's news footage but also re-edits” it.

    “Our guiding principle is simple and clear,” CBC news editor Jennifer McGuire wrote in a blog post Friday. “No one — no individual candidate or political party, and no government, corporation or NGO — may re-use our creative and copyrighted property without our permission. This includes our brands, our talent and our content.”

    But University of Ottawa digital law professor Michael Geist said the CBC’s “guiding principles” on copyright are “simply wrong.”

    Canadian copyright law includes provisions that allow political parties and other groups to use news footage, so long as the usage doesn’t copy a “substantial” part of the original work.

    The CBC’s “claim that no one can use any clips of its broadcasts without permission is inconsistent with the state of the law,” he wrote.

    Read the full story here.