CBC continues its arrogant, wasteful operation beginning with the CEO, Hubert Lacroix and working down the chain of command. Waste is as rampant and unrelenting as is their biased news service.

Our Twitter followers and frequent visitors to cbcExposed help us to continue to expose CBC’s abuse and waste of tax money as well as their ongoing left wing news bias. Thank you for your support.

In addition to what private broadcasters such as CTV and Global get from advertising and cable/satellite fees the CBC also receives $100,000,000 of your tax money every 30 days. No need to run an efficient service, you have lots of money and they know how to spend it, what a marriage!

Time for a divorce! Latest Polls clearly indicate that Canadians want a change. They see no need for a Government owned taxpayer funded broadcast service in 2014 and taxpayers clearly choose to privatize the CBC now. The Liberals did this for Petro Canada and Air Canada and despite Union cries both flourish today without taxpayer money.

This privatization can easily be achieved by selling CBC English and CBC French to separate buyers to maximize the ownership management and content to Canadians. New private ownership of the CBC will enhance the future of media in Canada. The billions earned from the sale of the CBC and the taxpayer savings of $100,000,000 every month could be used for health care and education.

cbcExposed continues to hear from confidential sources inside the CBC and we will continue to expose their reports of waste, abuse and bias. Meanwhile you can make a difference by contacting your MP to let her/him know you believe they should act today to privatize the CBC.

More cuts at CBC announced by CBC President Hubert Lacroix

CBC President Hubert Lacroix has shared more details about the corporate-wide job cuts he first announced in June. In a meeting with union leaders, Lacroix said the CBC will lose another 400 jobs by the end of March 2015 bringing the total number of jobs cut at CBC this fiscal year to 1057. There will be another 400 job cuts to come by March 2016. Lacroix further added that another 400 and possibly more jobs will be cut by 2020.

"The union will continue to lobby all political parties to reverse the cuts, and increase the federal government's financial support for CBC/Radio-Canada," says CMG President Carmel Smyth.

Read the full story.

CBC Exposed for more bias

On the October 12 broadcast of CBC News Network at 8:05AM EST (watch here) and 3:50pm EST (watch here), CBC Anchor’s Reshmi Nair and Andrew Nichols both claimed that “most” of the Palestinian casualties killed in Gaza during the recent Israel-Hamas war were “civilians”.

These statements were not made in attribution and CBC therefore presented this claim as an undisputed fact. Importantly, Israel claims that about half of the dead were terrorists, the majority from Hamas while over 150 Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed. That’s a 1:1 ratio of combatant vs. civilian deaths which is almost unprecedented in modern warfare. The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has now examined 1,017 names of Palestinian war fatalities in Gaza. Of the 874 dead who could be identified, terrorist operatives constitute 49.8% and non-involved civilians constitute 50.2%.

Time and again, CBC journalists have made this claim, sometimes, like in a recent Derek Stoffel report on the National on Gaza’s rebuilding or in this CBC.ca report, these figures are attributed to the United Nations, but almost never does CBC acknowledge Israel’s accounting that half of the dead Palestinians were combatants.

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Is CBC President Hubert Lacroix under gag order

It does not make sense for Canada’s public broadcaster with a $1 billion in taxpayers money to harass a 66-year-old journalist with a disability on Canada’s smallest Province. Right?

The question is: why are they spending $100,000 on Alan V. Parish Q.C. lawyer? Does this increase their audience, revenues or cut costs?

Alan V. Parish Q.C. sent me a slap on the wrist email saying “…please do not communicate directly to officers of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with respect to this matter. Please channel all communications which you wish to make to the CBC with respect to this matter through me.”

At least it confirms Parish is working for the CBC in Pate Gate. And maybe the have President Lacroix under a gag order.

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Does CBC tolerate disability bigotry?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the $1 billion publicly funded Canadian broadcaster, feels no shame in disability bigotry. The CBC is spending $100,000 on lawyers trying to keep me from reporting the news from the provincial legislature in a 5 year battle.

Hubert Lacroix the President of the CBC is a disability bigot. Lacroix knows what’s going on and supports the CBC’s stand against disabled reporters. Just another legal battle. Send in the lawyers.

Lacroix is not alone. His board of directors support him.

Disability bigotry should not be tolerated but it is.

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THE MEDIA PARTY'S SECRET DEAL

Senior executives within the media party hold talks behind closed doors -- about manipulating the the news. Guess who they're conspiring to protect?

See the video here.

CBC lost it all

The victors strode into the CBC’s Toronto headquarters at 250 Front St. West on June 1 in an especially humiliating denouement for what was left of the public network’s sports department and its version of Hockey Night In Canada.

Not only had Rogers Communications Inc. wrenched the Canadian national broadcast rights to NHL games from the CBC’s grasp with a stunning $5.2-billion payout over the next 12 years, but the Visigoths were actually at the gate. Part of the ensuing deal, in which those in charge of the CBC meekly handed over the company’s airwaves for free, was that the Rogers people connected to Hockey Night, along with some people hired from rival TSN, would use the CBC’s studios and take over the show’s office space on the north side of the eighth floor – the plushest in the building thanks to the show’s status as the network’s biggest money spinner.

After their failure to keep the NHL broadcast rights, the fallout was severe: The loss of a total of 657 full-time jobs in April at the CBC, along with a $130-million cut in its budget thanks in part to the loss of an estimated $225-million in annual advertising revenue (half of the company’s total).

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Exposed: Hollow victory for CBC

In November, CBC president Hubert Lacroix described himself as “comforted” by the fact that HNiC would continue to air on the public broadcaster for at least four years.

Saturday night displayed what a hollow victory this was for the CBC. That is, the CBC’s heavily subsidized main network was being used as a promotional vehicle for programming that would be aired on a rival private network owned by a telecom conglomerate. Meanwhile, a huge studio space in the CBC’s Toronto headquarters, as well as some of its hockey production staff, were annexed by Rogers as part of the arrangement, all of it in an effort to avoid the public broadcaster losing its ties to hockey entirely.

Read the full story.

More CBC allegations

Controversial youth basketball coach Ro Russell rejected CBC allegations that he exploited Canadian teenagers by misleading their parents into paying him directly to attend an American basketball academy.

Russell spoke to QMI Agency after refusing to grant an interview to The Fifth Estate, which on Friday broadcast an hour-long documentary centred on the Toronto native's track record as a hoops coach and power broker on both sides of the border.

The native of Toronto's tough Jane and Finch neighbourhood said the CBC built its story around two disgruntled players and Rautins, who "despises me." Russell singled out Rathan-Mayes, who he said left the program amid attitude and disciplinary problems.

"He couldn't get what he wanted from me," Russell said of the guard, who left his program last year. "(CBC) found Xavier and ... Braeden Anderson ... rather than talk about all the success stories, you're just going to isolate and talk to a couple of kids who said this and that."

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CBC's own lawyers say this isn't true

In November 1988, the Liberal Party of Canada went to court to force CBC and CTV to carry their attack ads against Brian Mulroney and his Progressive Conservatives. The ads used footage of Opposition leader John Turner taking on Mulroney over the issue of free trade during the televised leaders debates.

The networks claimed they owned the video footage in question and said the Liberal Party's use of it infringed on their copyright. The networks lost and were forced to run the ads; they were also turned down on appeal by the Supreme Court.

"It's a victory for Canadians, for broadcasters and for the political parties. And I mean broadcasters, because they should be relieved to be out of the position of having to censor advertisements of political parties," Allan Lutfy, chief counsel for the Liberals, is quoted as saying in the Nov. 16, 1988 Montreal Gazette.

Today the networks are trying to stop the use of their footage in attack ads once again and the Liberals are their handmaids. They claim this is about journalistic independence but really it's about censorship and stifling free speech.

Earlier this year the Conservatives released an ad attacking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's position on terrorism and they used a clip of Trudeau reacting to the Boston Marathon bombing and telling CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge: "There is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded."

That quote, given exclusively to Mansbridge and CBC, has been used in countless newspaper stories, columns and played on TV. I've played it several times on Byline on Sun News Network. None of that is considered to be a bad thing, and CBC hasn't taken any action to stop it, but Mansbridge was upset that the clip was used in an ad and e-mailed CBC news head honcho Jennifer McGuire. McGuire decided she wanted the help of other networks to stop news clips showing up in attack ads.

McGuire enlisted the help of CTV, Rogers and Global in forming a common front to say that none of them would air ads that used material from news coverage without the express written permission of the broadcaster in question.

Unlike in 1988 they avoided claiming copyright and tried to say this was about ethics and integrity.

"As news organizations, the use of our content in political advertisements without our express consent may compromise our journalistic independence and call into question our journalistic ethics, standards and objectivity," the cartel wrote in a letter to all political parties this past spring. In response, news stories have claimed the government is considering changes to the copyright act or the broadcast act to make the ads legal. Several media outlets have lost their collectivist minds over this and have run stories claiming it is theft of intellectual property and a violation of copyright.

But even CBC's own lawyers say this isn't true. In her e-mail to gain support for this initiative, McGuire admitted as much.

Read the full story.

CBC jihad against Alberta’s energy sector grossly misleading

CBC Calgary’s taxpayer funded jihad against Alberta’s energy sector has gone from being merely biased to being grossly misleading.

You can hardly flip on one of their morning newscasts without hearing another grim, hit piece telling Albertans how bad, dirty, dangerous and unpopular their energy sector is.

On Wednesday; in a transparent piece of journalistic malpractice, we are told the results of a survey have found the energy sector may be damaging Calgary’s reputation outside Alberta.

So according to this poll, between 2 and 3% of the total number polled view energy as a negative in some way.

Just to be clear folks, that’s around 23 people in five cities out of 1,200 who said energy negatively influenced their impression of the Calgary.

The CBC hung their entire story about how the energy sector is a liability for Calgary’s reputation on the backs of about two dozen people who responded to an online poll.

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Senate committee considering subpoena for CBC

Last Tuesday various documents the CBC gave to a Senate committee were made public. These included the supposed salary ranges of on-air personalities.

Many senators believe they’re being mislead. That would be an understatement.

The committee is now considering using a subpoena to bring the info out into the open. We fully support this. The public has a right to know how its money is being spent.

There’s something deeply insulting about a media organization doing everything in its power to hide information. Shouldn’t they be the ones most supportive of access to information?

They know if the full truth about the CBC came to light, the party would be over.

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CBC 2014/2015 Budget - cancellations and repeats

  • Measures that CBC will implement to reduce costs:

      • End of the Local Service Expansion (London local news expansion and all other additional markets in the plan will be cancelled)
      • • Regionalize some news programs:
        • - Ten minute late night newscast in the North eliminated
          - Alberta weekend news from Calgary and Edmonton now “regionalized” from one location
          - Thunder Bay afternoon CBC Radio show cancelled, consolidated to Sudbury and made into a regional show for Northern Ontario
          - Windsor's local afternoon show will become a regional show for Southern Ontario and will include London, Kitchener and Waterloo, excluding Ottawa and Toronto (which have local shows)
      • Cancellations and changes to some regional performance shows on radio
      • • Saturday CBC Radio Two program In Tune from Calgary to be replaced by Choral Concert., from Calgary (formerly from Halifax)
      • • Further reductions (50%) of regional live music production
      • Substantially reducing the sports department and refocusing on new sports strategy
      • • Two daytime cooking shows cancelled: In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita and Best Recipes Ever. Reduce investment in daytime programming through use of different production models, acquisitions and repeats
      • • Reduce one original Canadian series on CBC Television and replace with an acquisition (Best of the World)
      • • Integrate English and French revenue groups to generate additional synergies and provide a more streamlined service to advertisers
      • Read the full report.


CBC lacks common sense

Like more and more Canadians, I am sick and tired of seeing my tax dollars used to promote political opinions that are against my personal beliefs.

Over the last three years, the federal government has cut more than 20,000 public servant jobs and made cuts of 10% or more to many departments and Crown corporations.

Years after the announcement of such cuts, guess who are the only ones still blubbering and refusing to make an effort to balance the books? Those who have a microphone in their hands paid by your taxes!

Let’s also not forget that CBC’s managers gave themselves over $18 million in bonuses over the last two years and CBC’s president, Hubert Lacroix, had to recently repay $30,000 in expense claims that violated the corporation’s own spending rules.

What CBC/Radio-Canada desperately lacks these days is not public money but common sense, decency, transparency and political neutrality.

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Was Peter Mansbridge in conflict of interest?

The CBC's ombudsman finds no problem with Peter Mansbridge taking money to speak before an oil lobby group but says the public broadcaster should "think about the appearance of getting paid by interest groups who are likely to feature prominently in the news."

CBC's viewers weren't happy when illuminated of the marquee anchor getting paid potentially big bucks to talk for an hour to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. They wrote to its ombudsman expressing their concern that his address constituted a conflict of interest.

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Senators unimpressed with CBC

Senators remain unimpressed with the CBC's latest attempt at transparency.

The CBC recently released financial data on its website revealing that four of its employees have salaries of at least $300,000.

Senators say they want more details.

Committee chairman, Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, told QMI Agency that, in particular, senators want more info on how CBC pays bonuses. He said employees can receive yearly bonuses of up to 40% of their salary.

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CBC and the new reality

But the CBC has always played by different rules. They're insulated from many of the realities of the industry. So we don't buy the complaints that followed the announcements.

Some people would like to entirely blame these woes on their reduced government funding determined in 2012 -- from $1.03 billion to $913 million 2014-2015.

But this ignores the fact that ratings were lower and the entire industry is struggling with the TV ad market.

That near billion-dollar budget doesn't come out of thin air. Taxpayers just faced some tough economic times; Canadians are right to question such budgets.

Perhaps if the CBC privatizes or reinvents itself to be like TVO or PBS they could work with a smaller budget.

But the bottom line is they need to come to grips with reality.

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The CBC unfairly competes ...

It is time to scrap the CBC and sell off its assets to the highest bidder.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation STILL receives more than $1billion dollars of government funding each and every year.

That's right - more than $1 billion public dollars a year goes to supporting a broadcasting corporation whose market share continues to decline. This is not value for taxpayers, and we want to put an end to it.

There is simply no reason for our government to be in the television broadcast business any longer. The CBC unfairly competes with private sector broadcasters for advertising revenue and programming content - and these private broadcasters are already subject to effective Canadian content regulations.

Read more and sign the petition here.

CBC hockey department exists in name only

As part of Rogers’ new $5.2 billion, 12-year deal with the NHL, CBC’s hockey department exists in little more than name only. While the CBC retains Saturday night hockey for the next four years, all editorial and personnel decisions are now the domain of Rogers, as well as responsibility for production. Rogers will even get the money from the ads that run during HNIC on CBC.

For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue. With ratings that hovered around the 1.7 million mark, it was a juggernaut, regularly the most viewed sporting event of the week.

The domino effects of this are unknown, but the potential loss of $200 million is sure to have an effect on the properties hockey helped paid for. 

CBC has already said that job losses from its hockey department will be part of the fallout of the deal. The bigger question is the effect it will have on the rest of the network.

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CBC: Failure Night In Canada

You thought Barack Obama and his regime’s Obamacare roll-out was his scandal-ridden government’s disaster du jour? Well perhaps. But it only cost around $500 million of taxpayer cash borrowed from the Chinese for that predictably failed rollout. The Canadian state-owned CBC sucks up $1.2 BILLION every year. And after decades, it is apparently continuing to do so mostly for the purpose of failing.

The only show that the state-owned, socialism-reliant CBC has in the top-20 is a hockey game, the broadcast rights for which were bought by the state-owned behemoth, using taxpayer funds, in competition against private citizen-owned broadcasters (taxpayers). That’s right, through the state-owned, taxpayer-funded CBC, the government competes against its own citizens.

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CBC president Hubert Lacroix wants to quadruple dip into your pocket

Be warned -- CBC wants to dip into your wallet to make you pay more.

CBC president Hubert Lacroix, the guy who double-dipped on his expenses to the tune of near $30,000 (which he later repaid), now wants to double, triple or even quadruple dip into your pocket

The local CBC stations that you already pay for with the $1 billion-plus subsidy CBC gets each year should now cost you more on your cable bill.

CBC audiences are shrinking, the state broadcaster is less relevant to Canadians every day. Their answer to that is to take more of your money. If Lacroix can't run a broadcaster that gets a $1 billion handout each year, then maybe he's is in the wrong line of work.

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CBC TV in a fragile position

Today, CBC TV is the service in a fragile position. It’s just one among hundreds of channels, almost indistinguishable from private competitors.

According to CBC, its share of total viewing time is now about 5 per cent. The average Canadian spends just 35 hours a year watching, if you exclude National Hockey League games and foreign programs.

For decades, CBC TV has strived for a mass audience to attract advertising. But its revenue-driven strategy never delivered the mass audience, and ad revenues are less than they were 15 years ago. CBC’s English TV ad revenues for 2012-13 will be less than $225-million.

In 2014-15, without the NHL, ad revenue will fall to barely $100-million. By comparison, CTV gets more than $750-million a year. Global TV gets more than $400-million.

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CBC TV has an audience crisis

CBC’s Audience Crisis: CBC TV Audience is Down 40%, Lowest in History

CBC TV has an audience crisis, according to the most recent data released by CBC. CBC is required by the government to report on its financial and audience performance on a quarterly basis.

The prime time share of CBC TV is reported as 5.3% at the mid-point of the TV season. This is a loss of over 40% compared to the 9.3% share in 2010-11. CBC Television’s share performance fell from the prior year’s results and is trending below target.”

If the share of CBC TV was just over 5% in prime time, it is below 5% on a 24 hour basis; CBC daytime schedules have traditionally performed poorly compared to CBC’s prime time. Making matters worse is that the audience to about half the U.S. TV stations available in Canada are no longer being measured by the ratings company and neither are services such as Netflix or Apple TV, meaning that CBC’s share of all TV viewing is actually lower than the numbers suggest.

There has been some public debate about whether or not CBC is in crisis. The CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels. Those who deny the crisis fail to realize that Canadians prefer Duck Dynasty to most CBC shows, including the national news. The most important and costly CBC service has an audience crisis and CBC needs to respond to it. Is it time to rethink the role of CBC TV?

Read the full report.

CBC gives away music while cutting jobs

Despite a parliamentary mandate to provide radio and television services to Canadians in exchange for an annual $1.1 billion subsidy, CBC says it will shift more of its resources to web and mobile productions while cutting core services.

By 2020, the CBC could also shed as many as 1,500 jobs through retirement and attrition. The plan also calls for selling off as much as two million square feet of real estate.

While CBC is cutting jobs there is no sign they are cutting other expenses outside of their mandate.

In 2012, CBC launched a free online music-streaming service that competes not only with private radio, but other commercial services offering similar products for a fee.

While the service is free to listeners that doesn't mean it is free to taxpayers. CBC pays royalties for each song it plays.

Read the full story here.

CBC wants to end free tv

CBC seeks end to over-the-air television

Canada’s public broadcaster said it needs to stop transmitting over the air and be sold to cable and satellite providers like a specialty channel to survive a market being rocked by Internet-delivered TV like Netflix Inc.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp., which began broadcasting on TV in 1952, said that if it shut down its transmitters, copyright law would allow it to charge a fee to carriers to use its channels instead of relying only on advertising, CBC’s president, Hubert Lacroix, said.

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais asked the CBC how it thought Canadians would respond to the prospect of paying a subscriber fee for content many of them see as “almost a constitutional right.”

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Are YOU ready to pay MORE for CBC?

The heads of CBC/Radio-Canada have told the country’s broadcast regulator that Canadians are ready to pay to get the broadcaster’s content even if many consider it an acquired right.

They told hearings of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today they are in favour of revamping the business model of traditional television.

They say the current system has become less profitable because of the multiplication of platforms and new players in the market.

Read the full story.

Note ... Canadians already pay more than $1 billion dollars a year to the CBC via their taxes

CRTC points finger at CBC

CRTC points finger at CBC’s funding model for broadcaster’s woes

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is asking the national regulator for changes that could enrich it by hundreds of millions of dollars a year, saying they are necessary to protect local television.

CBC representatives appeared before a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing examining the future of television Friday. They brought a long wish list, asking that all cable companies direct an additional 1% of their broadcast revenues to a fund supporting local television created by all networks and arguing that local stations should be allowed to charge cable companies a fee for carrying them.

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CBC wants you to pay

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

The notion that CBC’s channels could be restricted only to those with a cable, satellite or Internet subscription raises fundamental questions about a publicly funded broadcaster’s role and the rights of over-the-air viewers, many of whom live in remote areas and have low or fixed incomes.

The CBC earned about $331-million in advertising revenue in 2013, down more than 11 per cent from 2012, and a large part of that revenue will vanish this year after it lost NHL hockey broadcast rights to Rogers Communications Inc.

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Another CBC Unsubstantiated Claim

The report’s headline claimed that a “Hamilton man’s home in Gaza remains destroyed after war with Israel,” while the report itself stated outright that “The Abu Dagga family’s home was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike last month, during the 50-day war that saw the most intense fighting between Gaza militants and Israel’s military.”

What were the circumstances of the attack? (Were terrorists/weapons housed there or nearby)? Who is to say that an errant Hamas rocket or laid explosives didn’t destroy the home? Or, did an Israeli strike on or nearby the home set off a secondary explosion due to weapons housed in the residence and/or the area?

As we told CBC, If we are to assume Israel did strike the house, Israel certainly didn’t do it arbitrarily and may have even warned the occupants to leave their homes as is their standard practice with emails, text messages, leaflets etc.

Due to CBC’s making unsubstantiated allegations and representing them as fact, and as a result of the lack of context and an Israeli perspective not featured in this report, we felt that this report violated CBC standards for its lack of balance and fairness.

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CBC targets local newspapers

CBC is no longer just a radio and TV broadcaster. They are turning themselves into a major media machine ready to take on one and all in the new digital age. And they are using your tax dollars to do it.

The newest target — your local newspaper.

CBC.ca is more than a website, it is a newspaper, magazine and wire service all in one and it is completely free.

Consumers may like getting their news for free, but if things don’t change, then CBC will be the only game in town after they shut down your local newspaper.

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Harassment claims at CBC

CBC loves to ask questions but the state broadcaster’s president Hubert Lacroix has shown once again that he hates taking them.

Lacroix was asked about a release of documents — some 1,454 pages — related to harassment and inappropriate behaviour in just two CBC offices in Ottawa and Toronto.

“Are you sure that you want me to answer this question?” Lacroix sighed at our reporter.

Well, the answer of course is yes, that’s why he was asked. Lacroix then went on to try to explain away the story by answering a completely different question.

What is the nature of the complaints at CBC? Are we talking about inappropriate jokes or sexual harassment?

How much are taxpayers on the hook for when CBC reaches a settlement? That would tell us how serious these issues are.

From April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010, CBC paid out some 30 invoices to investigators and lawyers regarding harassment claims. Why? And what is being paid out now?

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