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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

CBC cutting newscasts

The CBC is shortening all of its regional supper-hour newscasts beginning in the fall of 2015, the public broadcaster announced today.

The news comes after CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix said in June that the broadcaster would be shifting its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services. He also said the 2020 strategy would shorten supper-hour news broadcasts, but did not provide full specifics.

Most of the existing supper-hour newscasts run 90 minutes. But on Thursday, the CBC said in a statement that some newscasts would be reduced to one hour, and others to 30 minutes.

Read the whole story.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CBC President Hubert Lacroix unable to answer questions

The president of the CBC will have one more turn testifying in front of a Senate committee early next year, and in a rare move, he’s been provided the questions for his final grilling.

Lacroix is expected to appear before the committee early in the new year. His appearance will come about one year after his first visit, which left senators annoyed at his inability to answer some questions about the CBC’s operations.

A similar list of questions was supposed to be sent to CBC board chairman Remi Racine ahead of his Dec. 10 appearance. Racine, however, didn’t have answers to questions about the future outlook for the CBC’s pension plan and the number of employees who are receiving a pension while continuing under contract in their old jobs.

“You would think the chairman of the board would have been privy to that information,” said Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Toxic environment at CBC

Busted: The toxic CBC environment that abetted Jian Ghomeshi

In the past month, public airings of internal CBC dysfunction have become a national spectacle—from current and former Q staffers revealing details of Ghomeshi’s reign that included allegations of abusive behaviour and sexual harassment, to leaked memos that banned (and then unbanned) former CBC-TV host Linden MacIntyre from the airwaves.

On paper, the CBC appears a model of employer enlightenment and best practices. Posters offer help-line numbers to call if people feel stressed.

Such entrenched protocols allowed Lacroix to boast to a parliamentary committee last year of the CBC’s robust system of training and policy, aimed at creating a safe work environment, and responding appropriately if incidents occur.

What Ghomeshi’s case illustrates isn’t that the systems were inadequate, but that they were, at best, irrelevant and, at worst, pernicious, because they allowed awful things to happen.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It appears CBC is violating Canadian law

It appears CBC is violating Canadian law. CBC must obey the Broadcasting Act, a law established by Parliament but the Corporation has failed to fulfill a key requirement of the Act. In particular, CBC has made major, inequitable reductions in the staff and budgets of CBC Radio but failed to reveal the plan for these self-imposed cuts. Over $100 million in funds have been surreptitiously transferred from CBC Radio to CBC TV, both English and French, and the effect on radio programming is palpable.

CBC is no stranger to sidestepping rules and regulations

The distinction between facts and opinion has gradually been blurred by CBC news, even by Peter Mansbridge, as he not only moderates opinion panels but participates in them. As CBC budgets have gotten tighter, program executives have discovered that facts are expensive to gather, while opinions are free.

Read the full story.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Why does CBC still exist

The CBC and its predecessors were created in part to provide a commercial-free option to private radio.

On Radio 2, the CBC will be allowed 4 minutes of commercial time per hour, allowing the government broadcaster to get into the commercial radio business.

The CRTC move, said Ross Porter, head of Toronto’s Jazz-FM, “is very disturbing.” By giving CBC radio commercial rights, the CRTC has essentially created a fourth radio network.

Mr. Porter has a good idea as a counterpoint to the CRTC decision. The CBC has a “ distinct unfair advantage” with its $1-billion in federal subsidy. “I think there’s a bigger issue here. I think the mandate of the CBC needs to be reviewed."

Reviewing the CBC’s mandate should begin with the question: Why does this organization still exist, using government money to compete in a commercial market on commercial terms.

Read the full story.

Friday, December 12, 2014

CBC is not the public’s broadcaster

CBC reporters and producers affirming their assumed superiority by churning out a constant stream of intellectual bigotry.

With the CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to a specialty channel-like 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract, according to Canadian Media Research, it’s worth asking again what has gone wrong with the Mother Corp and what should be done about it?

Someone recently observed that the CBC is not about Canadian programming but programming Canadians to its enlightened view of how the world should work. Look at the litany of in-house CBC stars and ask if any are representative of ordinary Canadians and their values?

The result is a chorus of CBC reporters and producers affirming their assumed superiority by churning out a constant stream of intellectual bigotry that alienates its listeners.

The CBC does not present an accurate face of Canada to Canadians.

Read the full story.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CBC misinformation and inaccurate reports

For years CBC has claimed, critics would say whined, that it has suffered from under-funding.

CBC claims to be open, transparent and accountable for the $1 billion dollars in taxpayers' money it receives. The $1 billion is spent on English and French radio and TV and miscellaneous other services.

CBC releases financial and other data to the media which often leads to inaccurate reports.

CBC has also released incorrect information to the media about the number of staff it has and the number cut in the past few years.

Misinformation and cuts to radio have alienated many CBC supporters and caused a major rift between CBC staff and management and CBC radio and TV staff.

CBC cherry-picks data telling the Senate inquiry that its prime time English TV audience is equal to that of a decade ago, when data on the CBC web site demonstrate otherwise.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CBC is a sick animal

It’s been a difficult few months for Canada’s public broadcaster.

CBC is a sick animal and has been so for a long time. It’s not just the Jian Ghomeshi affair that has exposed as much. The nasty internal backlash against Fifth Estate broadcaster Linden MacIntyre, who had dared to remark upon the corp.’s celebrity culture, also showed it. 

CBC News Network Managing Editor Jennifer Harwood (and also a couple of rival journalists) reacted vindictively. Her impetuous censoring of MacIntyre was swiftly overruled by CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire, who said Harwood had acted “in the moment” (presumably we pay top flight news executives to exercise good judgment “in the moment”).

 The troubles at the CBC are compounded by a couple of other institutional tendencies — the deference, in a competitive marketplace, to celebrity, and, very Canadian in its essence, an inclination towards monopoly.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

CBC President Hubert Lacroix criticized for 5 year plan

Hubert Lacroix must fight for CBC — or resign.

There's some good in the CBC's five-year plan, but also a lot of bad, including the defeatism that has marked network president Hubert Lacroix's tenure.

There has been near universal criticism of the new five-year strategy announced recently by CBC. The Star called the strategy foolish. The Globe and Mail poked fun at its bureaucratic jargon and underlying philosophy. The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, among others, called for the resignation of CBC President Hubert Lacroix.

So where does CBC, especially its president, go from here? Hubert Lacroix could follow the advice of his staff and others and resign. His record is dismal. In constant dollars funding from government has declined steadily since he was appointed in 2008.

Read the full story.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Exposed - CBC Discrepancy

Despite claiming to have undertaken a serious internal investigation of the Jian Ghomeshi affair, CBC executives did not ask a single Q employee a single question, according to an investigation by the CBC investigative program the fifth estate.

Asked to explain the discrepancy, Chris Boyce, head of CBC Radio, said he could not, and that it was a question for Janice Rubin, the outside counsel hired to probe the institutional response.

The finding is the most shocking revelation in an investigation that pokes holes in the official account of how CBC responded over the past year to growing evidence of Mr. Ghomeshi’s behaviour, both within the CBC and in his private life.

The fifth estate investigation does not reveal new alleged victims, and many of the accounts have been previously reported. None are named.

The investigation advances the theory that CBC might have been slow to take action against its most marketable star.

Read the full story.

Friday, December 05, 2014

CBC Exposed to hack

Last week, visitors to the cbc.ca web site received a rather rude welcome.

When they clicked a story, the screen went all shadowy and a window opened, advising, “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA).” There was an “OK” button that, if clicked, brought you to the SEA’s propaganda site.

The CBC person I communicated with informally was quick to claim that “nothing happened” at the CBC site and that they were “not hacked at all,” which is technically correct but completely wrong from a customer relations perspective. The problem may lie with outsourced services but when it happens on your web site, you own it. And amid all CBC’s coverage, I saw no apology to the thousands of people who were frightened by that “You have been hacked” pop-up.

Read the full story.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Toxic Atmosphere at CBC

Why I Left The CBC And Its Toxic Atmosphere

It's never been much of a secret that popularity and celebrity are potentially dangerous because, along with the illusions of success, they foster artificial hierarchies of power and influence. When egotism and narcissism become factors in success we will invariably find abuse. But abuse is often difficult to deal with. Abuse is part of a continuum. At the extreme manifestations of abuse -- say, assault or homicide -- there's no debate: sooner or later, there will be accountability.

The CBC is not unique in the celebration of celebrity -- of fostering celebrity with all the entitlement and power that it bestows -- in order to enhance the prestige of the institution and the reflected fame and reputations of the people with the real power, the managers. But when an institution is in trouble -- with diminished job security in a workforce that is often young and vulnerable -- celebrity, infected as it often is by egotism and narcissism, creates a workplace atmosphere that is toxic for the many people who feel they must put up with it.

And unfortunately, when the abuse continuum results in the kind of behaviour that normal people normally abhor, the normal people in charge of institutions, and who feel responsible for the appearance of institutional success and integrity, will far too often feel inclined to minimize and tolerate, condone -- and in the worst-case scenario -- cover up behaviour that is abusive.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

CBC's cult of denial

CBC's cult of denial: heads should roll for ignoring Ghomeshi improprieties.

“According to numerous stories, some published some not, Ghomeshi was a workplace tyrant, yelling at people for headphone levels and other minor crap. Why? because he could. He was inappropriate with women at work. Again, because he could be.

The TV biz is way too tolerant of shitty behaviour by 'stars'. They're allowed to get away with things because applying common standards of decency to them might somehow rob them of their muse, putting everyone out of work.

For the CBC to have 8,599 employees and claim they’ve only had three incidents of sexual harassment in three years, either everyone’s walking around in bubbles or the management has been hitting the crack pipe.

This Ghomeshi saga is becoming a wide-ranging ethics test for CBC. If management was willing to ignore for years this workplace behaviour that’s as sleazy as a misogyny gets, what other “smaller” infractions were routinely ignored? How often? By whom?

Read the full story.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

CBC president Hubert Lacroix must be first to go

The television fantasy has become reality for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The CBC now is among The Walking Dead.

The Jian Ghomeshi scandal is a death rattle for Canada’s beloved cultural institution. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the undertaker. The CBC has been dying for a long time. Uninspiring leadership, failure to innovate and blueblood attitudes and situational ethics have sucked the life from it over the years.

There is growing evidence that CBC executives knew about Ghomeshi’s sordid personal and working life for months and did not act. They feared losing a star who was building much-needed audiences.

First to go must be CBC president Hubert Lacroix, who has overseen one disaster after another, including his having to repay $30,000 in wrongly claimed living and meal expenses. He and his board of directors said they were not aware of a rule governing expenses. Duh?

Yes, the CBC is wasteful and stuck in times and attitudes long gone. Taxpayers should not be spending $1 billion a year on something the government is not interested in repairing.

Read the full story.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Is CBC coming apart at the seams

One night last week, when certain CBC TV somebodies were attacking other CBC somebodies online, I made some remarks on Twitter. Baffled by the adolescent arguing, I was more sarcastic than serious-minded.

In reply, the playwright and actor Michael Healey wrote, “I recognize this from theatre. A starved, stressed culture turning on itself.”

It’s a very useful remark. And it obliges us to ask: Is this what’s happening at the CBC – is it coming apart at the seams? At times, it sure looks like an organization, an institution, that’s unravelling and descending into internal, pointless bickering, posturing and feuding.

Read the full story.

Friday, November 28, 2014

CBC threatens to bury disabled journalist

The CBC President authorizes lawyers to bury human rights complaint in legal fees

By Stephen Pate 

This month I made a settlement offer to the CBC in my 5-year-old human rights complaint. It is a pain in the keyster to be going to court. It distracts me from music, books and fun which are my main concerns, other than surviving my heart attack.

The CBC rejected my offer and threatened, like Nikita Khrushchev at the UN, to bury me in thousands of $$$ of their legal costs.

The CBC doesn’t intend to pay one cent for taking away my livelihood for 5 years.

“We will bury you”, you can almost imagine people in Montreal hear Hubert Lacroix the CBC CEO / President screaming from his posh office.

“We will bury you!” growled the slick lawyer atop his waterfront Halifax office tower.

It does not pay to be nice to the CBC. They mistake kindness for weakness.

The CBC normally takes a belligerent stance in human rights issues.

Of course, the CBC has your money to act like dictators. The taxpayers of Canada pay $1 billion a year to keep these bozos and their lawyers rich.

Read the full story and the CBC letter here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CBC’s toxic atmosphere

Blacklists. They’re a dirty little secret of Canada’s cozy — and often vindictive — media industry.

They seldom admit it, but the people running major public and private news organizations in this country keep informal, up-to-date lists of disagreeable writers and journalists who are effectively barred from appearing on a variety of print, TV or radio outlets.

These nudge-wink blacklists are kept confidential — usually. I suppose we should thank Jennifer Harwood, managing editor of CBC News Network, for an internal memo in which she recorded her cockeyed reasons for banning veteran Fifth Estate host Linden MacIntyre from being interviewed on the network where he’s worked at for 38 years. Her reasons are as instructive as the ban itself.

Harwood was miffed that MacIntyre publicly made some uncharitable remarks about CBC’s “toxic atmosphere” and, more particularly, about the network’s chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, in connection with the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Former CBC radio host arrested

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested Wednesday morning, Toronto police confirmed.

Ghomeshi, 47, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance – choking.

He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Nine women and one man have told the Star and other media that they were choked, hit or sexually harassed by Ghomeshi.

Read the full story.

CBC turning into a sad reality show

Linden MacIntyre, the freshly retired CBC veteran, started the trash talking when he delivered a guest lecture at the University of Toronto last week and explained why he left the public broadcaster after 38 years of service.

A shorter version: things have changed at the CBC and not for the better. Due to years of funding cuts, hostile politicians and a managerial culture that came to overvalue “celebrity,” the CBC is a shadow of its former self.

I can’t decide if the CBC is starting to resemble Lord of the Flies, Survivor or that “Festivus” episode of Seinfeld, with its memorable “Airing of Grievances.” Whatever the cultural analogy, things are getting “unseemly,” to use the word of one insider.

This is turning into a sad reality show.

All this needless fighting is also playing directly into the hearts and minds of those who believe it’s time to bid adieu to the public broadcaster. Think about it: if you were a politician who secretly wanted to kill the CBC, why not just make some popcorn and wait it out?

Read the full story.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CBC facing crisis of truly existential proportions

Jian Ghomeshi’s story is not just about one man’s libidinous foibles. It’s about the deliberate diminishing of CBC Radio as a public broadcaster.

The outpouring of shock, outrage and plain puzzlement over the Jian Ghomeshi story has been intense and shows little sign of abating.

As I tell my American friends, it’s not just about one man’s libidinous foibles. It’s about the deliberate diminishing of CBC Radio as a public broadcaster.

In effect, Jian Ghomeshi is a self-inflicted wound on Canada, aided and abetted by the CBC itself.

This is not just about one man’s disgraceful and allegedly dangerous behaviour. It is about the CBC – the institution that enabled Ghomeshi by putting ratings above everything else. This is a crisis of truly existential proportions for the CBC.

Read the full story.

Monday, November 24, 2014

CBC Ombudsman: CBC News did not live up to its standard

In a recent HonestReporting Canada alert, we notified you of a complaint we sent to the CBC in regards to several CBC News reports on October 12 which claimed that “most” of the Palestinian casualties killed in Gaza during the recent Israel-Hamas war were “civilians”.

Not satisfied by a reply offered by CBC editors, HRC asked the CBC’s Ombudsman to arbitrate our grievances and we are pleased to report that our concerns were validated by the CBC’s Ombud who upheld our complaint on November 17.

Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman,: CBC News did not live up to its standard of accuracy in this news introduction.

Read the full story.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Abusive behaviour at CBC a tradition

Recently retired CBC journalist Linden MacIntyre has set-off a huge internal bomb with this comment made during an interview with the Globe and Mail:

 MacIntyre cited Mr. Ghomeshi’s “tantrums,” and said “he is allowed to bully and abuse people. You know, that’s the way it works, that’s what you put up with, whether it’s Mansbridge, [Peter] Gzowski, whatever. They were not like shrinking violets, either. So along comes Ghomeshi: ‘Oh, yea, he’s in the tradition of that.’ But somewhere along the way, it crosses a line. It does cross a line.”

MacIntyre is stating abusive behaviour towards staff is a tradition at the CBC and that Mansbridge does it as well.

Read the full story.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This says it all ...

CBC President Hubert Lacroix offered resignation letter

Hubert Lacroix in the lions' den at CBC annual meeting.

Calls for his head abound — he was even offered a resignation letter needing only his signature Wednesday — but embattled Canadian Broadcasting Corp. president and chief executive Hubert Lacroix says he fully intends to complete his mandate, which runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

Nearly 400 employees learned last week their jobs were being eliminated and as many as 1,500 positions could disappear over the next five years as the corporation adapts to a changing media landscape and declining advertising revenues, and there was clearly a lot of resentment in the room toward Lacroix, who is overseeing what he called a “workplace adjustment.”

Read the full story.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CBC Must Apologize for Disgraceful Headline

CBC Must Apologize for Disgraceful Headline in Jerusalem Terror Attack Coverage

Many Canadians woke up today to the horrific news that two Palestinian terrorists had entered a Jerusalem synagogue armed with pistols, meat cleavers, knives and axes, murdering five Israelis (four rabbis and a police officer) and injuring over a half dozen others, including a Canadian-Israeli dual citizen.

How did our public broadcaster’s website cover one of the worst incidents of terror in Israel in recent years?

For the CBC, the fatal shooting of 2 unidentified individuals by Jerusalem police, rather than the actions of terrorists or identities of the victims was deemed more newsworthy. Despite the lead paragraph’s referring to the attackers as “suspected Palestinian men,” CBC editors chose to not include this information in its headline and perhaps worse, CBC editors’ use of the word “apparent” conveyed that this might not have even been an attack.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Threats to the CBC’s funding pressure favourable news coverage

Alain Saulnier, Ex-CBC Exec, Says Broadcaster ‘In Danger Of Disappearing Forever'.

As protesters marched on Sunday to oppose funding cuts to CBC/Radio-Canada, a former executive at the broadcaster is warning it’s “truly in danger of disappearing forever.”

Alan Saulnier says years of successive governments playing politics with the CBC’s budget has left the broadcaster vulnerable.

In an editorial in the Toronto Star, Saulnier says both Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Prime Minister Jean Chrietien in their day used threats to the CBC’s funding to pressure the network into more favourable news coverage.

Read the full story.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Herbert Lacroix CBC CEO was found guilty

CBC Narrows Corporate Pervert Inquiry To Creepo Ghomeshi Only.

Although the executive suite at CBC were very quick to promise a corporate review of sexual allegations, the scope of review has been narrowed substantially, anything or anyone in contact with the monster Ghomeshi only. This will serve to be a critical error in damage control further exposing the inept leadership in CBC.

Herbert Lacroix CBC CEO was found guilty recently of submitting double living expenses for years amounting to over forty thousand dollars. LaCroix had misused his power and expenses in the same manner, amount and duration of abuse as Senator Mike Duffy.

CBC went over the top in its delight of hacking away at Duffy at every chance. No media coverage exposed CBC CEO Hubert LaCroix or questioned why he remains. In fact no media in Canada will do disparaging stories on CBC, particularly the executives.

Read the full story.

Friday, November 14, 2014

CBC staff refuse award from Hubert Lacroix

Radio-Canada staff refused an award presented to them Wednesday by CBC President Hubert Lacroix in protest of ongoing job losses at the public broadcaster.

In a video posted to YouTube, Lacroix can be seen presenting the award to the Sherbrooke office before journalist Pierre Tousignant reads a statement in French refusing the honour.

In June, CBC announced it would slash 1,000 to 1,500 jobs over the next five years. This is in addition to the 657 jobs the CBC announced it would cut in April to meet a budget shortfall caused by falling advertising revenues and federal budget cuts.

The Canadian Media Guild said in a press release Wednesday that they expect almost 400 job losses to be implemented this month, bringing the total to more than 1,000 this year.

Read the full story.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dissecting the CBC’s spin

Jian Ghomeshi may be a disgraced ex-CBC star, but he could be forgiven for wondering what the hell happened to all his admirers inside and outside Mother Corp who once treated him with all the gooey adulation reserved for A-list celebrities.

Under siege, CBC brass hats are now using every imaginable vehicle to extinguish whatever shred of empathy Ghomeshi still may enjoy among Canadians — a surprising number of whom suspect (if social media is an accurate gauge) that the former Q host is a casualty of a politically motivated cabal intent on silencing “progressive” voices at the CBC.

Given the stakes, the CBC’s desperate gambit is not surprising. But what’s disgraceful is the way that once venerable institution is systematically going about gutting the remnants of Ghomeshi’s public persona — a persona that, for years, it celebrated and championed.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CBC comes under fire - Readers Letters

Excerpts from a selection of letters run in the Toronto Star:

  • The Ghomeshi affair continues to expose that senior management and others at CBC have neither moral compass nor moral imperative 
  • CBC has apparently known about Ghomeshi's actions for 10 years and took no disciplinary action against him 
  • I guess the CBC top brass have never heard of due diligence 
  • I am shocked and appalled by the thinking and behaviour of Ghomeshi 
 Read all of these and much more here.