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.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The CBC has been given its money back - now what?

The CBC has been given its money back. That is to say, the immediate infusion of $75 million announced in the Liberals’ budget last month, plus the promise of a $150 million increase each year through 2021.

Various ideas have been floated for how the CBC should use its fresh funding. The Canadian Media Guild wants it to scale back the 1000-1500 job cuts planned over five years, something CBC President Hubert (“No I’m Not Nervous Since the Last Election, Why, What Have You Heard?”) Lacroix has declined to commit to. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly thinks the CBC should be more Vice magazine-like, whatever that means.

To those suggestions let me add another: Bring back Radio Drama. Just don’t call it that.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Double-dipping CBC boss Hubert Lacroix under fire

For a man who says he is dedicated to transparency, CBC president Hubert Lacroix has a funny way of showing it. Lacroix literally pushed past myself and three CBC reporters waiting to ask him questions as he showed up for an appearance before the Senate transportation and communications committee.

In spite of taking a $1,500-per-month after-tax living allowance to cover his trips to Ottawa, Lacroix also submitted receipts for reimbursement pocketing an extra $29,678 in ineligible expenses.

That’s on top of his salary, which ranges between $358,400 and $421,600 per year plus perks.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CBC Blames Israel For Hezbollah Chief’s Killing

CBC Blames Israel For Hezbollah Chief’s Killing, Retracts Report After HRC Complaint

News that Hezbollah terror chief Mustafa Badreddine had been killed in Syria spurred considerable news coverage, both domestically here in Canada and abroad.

While most media outlets were judicious and did not appropriate blame on anyone as there were no claims of responsibility for the killing or evidence implicating anyone, the CBC presumed that Israel was guilty and claimed outright in an online news report that an Israeli airstrike had killed the Hezbollah commander ...

As we (Honest Reporting Canada) told senior editors at the CBC immediately after this report was published, at the time, Israel did not confirm (or deny) a role in his death which is in line with its standard policy of ambiguity.

As a result of our intervention, the CBC did retract its claim ...

Read the full story at Honest Reporting Canada here.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Secret CBC Documents

The CBC’s board of directors met Tuesday to discuss the sale of the broadcaster’s Montreal headquarters, but according to one MP the details around the property deal and the board’s activities of late have been kept “secret.”

“In the past, the CBC used to publish the minutes and documents from the board of directors meetings once a month,” NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel said in the House of Commons Monday. “Since the Liberals came to power, not a single document has been made public.”

And it’s true. Since August 20 2015, the CBC has not published any agendas, minutes or documents prepared for its board of directors, which it normally does as part of its policy of proactive disclosure. Between January and August 2015, documents for seven meetings were published.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

CBC Mission Creep

BBC retreats after charges of “mission creep”. Will CBC take heed?

Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC, is mandated by Parliament to provide radio and TV content across the country but it isn’t enough. They complain about not having the money to do the things required of them, then spend millions on things they’re not asked to do.

Like, for example, become the national podcaster and the national newspaper for all of Canada. They’ve spent years and millions building up a website not just to promote their radio and tv programs or provide a space for people to watch or listen but to produce web only content.

They’ve gone outside their mandate to stream pop music, competing with private radio and pop streaming services while using their taxpayer subsidy. And still they complained about not enough money.

They’ve began hiring an army of reporters to write news stories for the website, again spending a fortune on something no one asked them to do, again complaining they don't have enough money.

Meanwhile in Britain, it’s a different story with the BBC after a politician called them out for competing in areas it shouldn’t. BBC is responding by cutting back their website.

Fortunately, that may be changing. The Globe and the Star have noted CBC's mission creep and the story about the BBC is being noted by some in the legacy media.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CBC gets it wrong

The mistaken myth that just won't die. I hope News Hub Nation readers will help correct it.

Today on NHN we feature a CBC story in which Chris Hall writes about the Trudeau government establishing a review panel that will review yet more aspects of the Trans Mountain pipeline. That itself is an issue, but it’s not the issue I want to get at. Unfortunately, Chris (who is a great guy) gets his facts wrong. He says the following “The previous Conservative government failed in its efforts to get a new pipeline built over its near decade in power. Now, the collapse in oil prices has shaken the economies of both Alberta and Saskatchewan, with both provinces insisting construction of new pipelines to ports and markets overseas is crucial to any economic recovery.”

This is completely wrong, and it is a smear (I believe an unintentional smear) of the record of the previous government. The Conservative government actually approved major pipelines like Alberta Clipper and Keystone, which were built and now operate. Several smaller ones were also built. Oil moved by pipeline out of Canada’s western sedimentary basin doubled between 2005 and 2016, which can be established by researching the National Energy Board website. Hey CBC, please issue a correction and an apology.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

CBC screwed up big and still doesn’t realize it

What a cathartic and rejuvenating process the entire Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault scandal has turned out to be, hasn’t it? Admittedly not so much for the victims, who now would seem to number in the dozens, many of them employees at the CBC.

But putting aside all that unpleasant human devastation, look how positively things have turned out for the CBC and its egotistical, domineering former star. In a statement to staff on Wednesday, the broadcaster’s CEO, Hubert Lacroix and vice-president of “people and culture,” Josée Girard, highlighted how the CBC has grown stronger in the scandal’s wake.

In his court-arranged apology Wednesday, Jian Ghomeshi highlighted his own areas of growth. He’s smarter. He’s improving himself. Like the CBC.

Lawyers have been careful to point out that Ghomeshi’s apology was no formal admission of culpability. The CBC, too, has been careful not to admit any guilt.

Have a look at the CBC’s own internal investigation, the “Rubin report.” It shows Ghomeshi for years engaged in behaviour that was “belittling” and “humiliating;” he would “ignore colleagues” who displeased him; he tasked staff with errands of “a personal nature;” he made “demeaning, inappropriate and unwanted” comments about their appearance; he played “pranks and cruel jokes;” gave a “number of colleagues back and shoulder massages” that were (understandably) “creepy;” he “flirted” with women and “solicited” them for romance; and he “shared details about his own sex life” that coworkers found “too personal, too graphic and generally unsavoury.” Then there are physically aggressive behaviours described by Borel: simulating sex against her; threatening to “hate-fuck” her.

This is the report, mind you, whose rigorousness was widely doubted ...

Outside the CBC the report has even been called a coverup.

Read the full Financial Post story.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Voice your opinion about CBC

DEADLINE: Thursday, May 20. 

The Canadian Culture survey is your chance to speak your mind and be heard by the Liberal government. 

Here are two videos to help you get started, and a link to the survey itself:

Video: Is CBC News Biased? Should Canadian Taxpayers Fund the CBC with $1 Billion Every Year?

The Liberal's Biased Culture Survey: Canadian Content in a Digital World

Survey questionnaire (on the Canadian government website): https://www.canada.ca/en/services/culture/consultations.html


Don't delay. The survey takes only a few minutes. The deadline is coming soon.

** Note - this post was sent to us by follower of cbcExposed

Friday, May 13, 2016

Former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi expected to sign peace bond

A complainant in former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi’s previous trial says she is “saddened” to hear he is expected to sign a peace bond to withdraw a charge of sexual assault for his upcoming trial in June.

Linda Redgrave, the first complainant in the sexual assault and overcome resistance by choking trial Ghomeshi was acquitted in earlier this year, said the expectation that he will sign the recognizance agreement Wednesday doesn’t make sense to her.

“I was saddened by it. I was saddened because I feel like the woman isn’t having her day in court and Jian Ghomeshi is not having to answer to the allegations against him,” Redgrave told Global News Tuesday.

“It feels like he’s just getting off and I’m not sure why, I’m not sure what went on, I’m not privy to that, but it just doesn’t feel right.”

Redgrave waived her right to a ban on her identity last month in the previous trial, and said Tuesday she didn’t understand why a peace bond was relevant in a workplace sexual harassment allegation involving a former CBC employee.

“They don’t work together anymore, he is no longer with CBC so to me it says you can harass somebody in the workplace and as long as you promise not to go near them it’s OK,” she said.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

CBC receives scathing statement

Kathryn Borel issued a scathing statement on how the CBC handled her complaint of sexual assault against her former boss Jian Ghomeshi saying the message she received from the national broadcaster was that “his whims were more important than my humanity.”

“When I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that, yes, he could do this and, yes, it was my job to let him,” Borel told reporters outside a Toronto courthouse.

In a statement from spokesperson Chuck Thompson, the CBC apologized to Borel saying that what happened to her “should never have happened.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

CBC culture of entitlement

CBC President Hubert Lacroix announced Friday that he quietly paid back $29,678.11 in inappropriate expenses last fall. The admittance came on the weekend, of course, when bad news is vetted to the press by media-savvy types.

Lacroix's annual salary is between $350,000 and $421,000, and includes a $1,500 monthly living allowance, club memberships and a car allowance. He had been wrongly claiming accommodation costs since being appointed in 2008.

Wait a minute: Isn't it the CBC that continually leads the charge against the grave, egregious sins of senators who make bogus expense claims? The CBC has been persistent in pointing out the wrongdoings of senators Mike Duffy, Mac Harb Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin, which they should have done.

These senators, who drew from the public purse, have either resigned or been expelled. Why should it be any different for Lacroix? It's still public money.

When it comes to one of their own - in fact, their president - where are the cries from within the CBC for him to stand down?

Congratulations to whoever leaked the information, but another question must be asked: Within the CBC, who knew what, when, concerning Lacroix, and failed to speak up?

Having their top executive fingered for doing exactly the same thing is not good on any level. It's just another example of the CBC's culture of entitlement that is far removed from reality, and particularly galling for a public broadcaster whose responsibilities include keeping government accountable.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CBC's Newest Executive Has Liberal Ties

The CBC is continuing to remake its executive ranks with the appointment of women’s advocate Alex Johnston as its new vice-president of strategy and public affairs, marking the third private-sector appointment to the broadcaster’s eight-member senior executive team in the past year.

Ms. Johnston, who has headed women’s advocacy group Catalyst Canada for the past three years, will be responsible for helping implement the CBC’s latest strategic plan, which emphasizes delivering content to mobile devices such as phones and tablets, cutting physical building space in half and sharply reducing in-house productions in favour of outsourced programming.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Johnston was executive director of policy to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, working alongside then-colleague Gerald Butts, who was Mr. McGuinty’s principal secretary. Mr. Butts later became a top adviser to Mr. Trudeau, and is now his principal secretary.

Ms. Johnston plays down her Ottawa connections, but says she has enough contact with the government to be certain of its commitment to the CBC.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Accountability plan for CBC

The CBC’s president says the public broadcaster will not use its $675-million windfall from Tuesday’s federal budget to restore what it lost through years of cutbacks, and will instead spend on current priorities such as digital platforms, local news bureaus and original programs.

But the CBC alone may not get to decide all priorities. The government has promised to hammer out a five-year “accountability plan” with the broadcaster. Mr. Lacroix said he has “no details on that,” but he expects to sit down with Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, to discuss it before long.

Read the full story here.

Friday, May 06, 2016

Complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Rosemary Barton

(this letter is from the website referenced below - it is NOT from cbcExposed) ...

My complaint to the CBC Ombudsman regarding Rosemary Barton taking a selfie with Trudeau

The complaint I will be filing Monday to the CBC Ombudsman:

In modern social media culture, “selfies” with celebrities have become synonymous with excited affection. They are not mere photographs, but something more intimate, familiar, and fun — a sort of proof that the selfie-taker was not only in close proximity to the celebrity, but that the celebrity was content to get up close and cozy in a way that seems to imply genuine affinity.

For this reason, I believe it was entirely inappropriate for the CBC’s Rosemary Barton to pose for, and then tweet a selfie she took with Prime Minister Trudeau during his recent visit to Washington. I believe the symbolism of this photo creates an appearance of affection between the two that is unprofessional, and calls into question Barton’s ability to provide impartial coverage of the prime minister. I believe it is possible, though often difficult, for a reporter to pose for a photo with a prime minister that is formal and professional in a way that does not imply anything beyond respect for the office. However, I believe Barton failed this test with her misjudgement, and instead created a liability for the CBC in the eyes of its audience.

Read the full story here.

PS ... what are your thoughts on this?

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Digging for dirt on the CBC

Michel Drapeau considers himself an equal-opportunity provocateur. Since 1994, the lawyer and retired colonel has filed over 5,000 access to information requests to just about every single ministry, agency and authority within the federal government, from the Royal Mint to National Defence, for hundreds of clients—including nearly every federal political party in the country.

Today, Drapeau’s knack for writing access to information requests is testing the exclusion that allows the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to withhold sensitive and potentially compromising information concerning many of its core endeavours, including how its spends much of its $1-billion yearly allotment from the federal government. As well, his probe into the CBC—a “forensic examination,” as the 77-year-old calls it—is apparently fuelling a feud between the public broadcaster and Quebecor, one of the country’s largest media companies and the CBC’s chief French-language competitor.

Since the fall of 2007, Drapeau’s office has filed nearly 800 ATI requests with the CBC, asking for details on everything from its corporate governance structure and the cost of its coverage of the royal visit in 2005 to the amount that Sylvain Lafrance, head of the CBC’s French service, spent on cleaning his private boat. The CBC’s resulting disclosure—notwithstanding the full-page newspaper ads the broadcaster has taken out proclaiming its transparency—has largely been “bulls–t,” according to Drapeau. Hundreds of requests went unanswered, even unacknowledged, for two years­, something Drapeau blames on the arrogance of CBC corporate management.

Read the full story in Macleans here.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

CBC content comes under review

Published on May 1, 2016 from : A reader who considers anonymity a prerequisite for free speech ...

Are you angry about Canada's cultural protectionism? Are you frustrated at being prevented from watching the TV shows and movies that Americans can watch? Do you resent the government-protected monopolies enjoyed by Shaw, Rogers, and Bell, at your expense? Do you hate being forced to pay for CBC content that you are not interested in? If so, then there's good news -- and bad news.

The good news is that the Trudeau Liberals are considering overhauling Canada's cultural protectionism laws. To start, they've launched a survey to allow us to express our opinions about Canadian culture.

The bad news is that the survey is biased in favor of the Liberal Party's own agenda. But please complete the survey anyway. Someone might pay attention. And you won't get another chance to be heard for many years to come. The survey closes on May 20, so time is limited. But before you start, let's walk through the survey, and I'll show you how biased the questions are in this video:



Tuesday, May 03, 2016

CBC management blurring the lines to an unacceptable degree

CBC Ombudsman:

Using hyperlinks: Journalists beware, it may be online convention but it can be seen as endorsement.

The complainant, Mark Wright, thought CBC in New Brunswick was providing free advertising to one of its regular columnists. The author of World of Work broadcast on radio, and had a column online. The online column linked directly to his company. There’s nothing wrong with using experts, but the concern about appearing to endorse one person or company is well founded.

This is blurring the lines to an unacceptable degree. CBC management might want to think about providing some rotation and other voices on this topic to avoid the perception of endorsement.

Read the full account here.

Monday, May 02, 2016

CBC must forge a five-year accountability plan with government

Lawyers, lobbyists, artists and various stakeholders are all gearing up for the Trudeau government’s ambitious plan to redraft the laws and policies that govern the country’s $48-billion cultural industries.

Most people found out about the sheer breadth of Ottawa’s strategy when Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said in The Globe and Mail on April 23 that the system is “broken” and “everything is on the table” in the bid to fix it.

Even before Ms. Joly announced the government’s sweeping review, a big shift was under way at the CBC. The latest federal budget pumps $150-million in extra annual funding into the public broadcaster, in support of its shift to a digital-first mentality.

In return for the cash infusion, the CBC must forge a five-year “accountability plan” with government, but it’s not yet clear – even to those in the CBC’s senior ranks – how that process will dovetail with the wider policy overhaul. Ms. Joly has also been tasked with reviewing the process for CBC board appointments.

At the same time, CBC president Hubert Lacroix hasn’t committed to reversing any of the 1,500 or so job cuts the CBC planned, and its expansion to new communities will be through leaner digital-only bureaus.

Read the full story.

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