CBC Scandals grow everyday while management continues to spend your money to cover them up. 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.

Its 2015: 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.
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. 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 fifth estate (the largest libel case ever awarded against the media in Canadian history) no one at CBC fired and taxpayers paid the award and legal costs.
Perfect for a documentary!

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Polls meanwhile show that Canadians favour selling the 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 Conservatives to privatize the CBC.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Criminal Suit Against CBC To Proceed

A criminal prosecution launched by Winnipeg clothing designer Peter Nygard against CBC producers and Fifth Estate host Bob McKeown is being allowed to proceed.

In a 28-page decision released Monday, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Doug Alba confirmed a lower court decision made in 2013 about the case, which has Nygard mounting a private criminal prosecution for defamatory libel against McKeown and CBC producers Tim Sawa and Morris Karp.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CBC needs to rethink its purpose

Earlier this month, John Whittingdale rose in Britain’s House of Commons to announce a sweeping review of the BBC, promising a wholesale overhaul of the cherished public broadcaster’s mandate, funding, governance and programming.

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

Either Canada’s public broadcaster will continue to limp along – resisting calls to refine its outdated and overly broad mandate to reflect a multichannel, multiplatform universe – or it will admit that much of the programming on which it spends its scarce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

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

Read the full story.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Exposed - Senate report on CBC

On July 20, 2015, he Senate of Canada released a report that is garnering a lot of attention.  Here is just a bit of what is included.  Go tio the full report at the bottom.

Time for Change: 
The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty-first Century

The CBC/Radio-Canada is losing its audience to the hundreds of alternative channels and video-streaming services provided by private-sector companies that have converged broadcasting and telecommunications operations to take advantage of the multi-platform, Internet-based world of communications.

Some recommendations of the report:

  • CBC/Radio-Canada, in consultation with the Government of Canada, explore alternative funding models and additional ways to generate revenue to minimize the Corporation’s dependence on government appropriations.
  • CBC/Radio-Canada be more transparent in its operations, specifically with regard to the disclosure of financial information, procurement and contracts, and salaries; and it must make such disclosure easily accessible to the public.
  • As a public broadcaster, the CBC/Radio-Canada must be mindful of its use of public funds, and review all non-executive salaries and compensation to ensure they are in line with those for comparable positions with private broadcasters.
  • Both CBC/Radio-Canada Ombudsmen report to the Corporation’s Board of Directors to ensure accountability at all levels of the Corporation, including the Senior Executive Team.
Read the full report.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Senate report says CBC needs to be transparent and accountable

A Senate committee’s report into the CBC’s future released this week was aptly titled “Time for Change.” It is.

The CBC is losing audience to Netflix, YouTube and other online video streaming services. Its television ratings are falling and its content increasingly lacks relevance for Canadians.

Meanwhile, controversy over a corporate culture that rejects transparency and accountability has eroded public confidence in the CBC, as has scandal surrounding high-profile personalities.

The committee also made clear the CBC, like the British public broadcaster, the BBC, needs to be transparent and accountable for how it spends public money.

They've previously gone to court, courtesy of the taxpayer, to fight certain access to information requests.

Read the full story.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

730 CBC employees make over $100k a year

While the CBC did disclose that approximately 730 employees are paid more than $100,000 a year, the taxpayer funded corporation won't tell Parliament who they are and exactly how much they earn. 

The only employee whose salary range and expenses the broadcaster was willing to divulge was CBC/Radio-Canada President Hubert Lacroix. The CBC said Lacroix's salary, set by the Governor in Council, was between $358,400 and $421,600 in 2011.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Exposed - CBC Sunshine Club

This is quite the sunshine list of CBC employees being paid with Canadian Taxpayer money.

In the "can you believe this" department:  as of April 14, 2014 over 10% of the "CBC ON-AIR GROUPS"  made over $100,000 a year.
  • 4 employees made of $300k/year with the average pay among the 4 being almost $486k/year
  • 6 employees made between $250k and $299k with the average being just over $270k/year
  • 9 employees made between $200k and $249k with the average being just over $226k/year
  • 21 employees made between $150k and $199k with the average being just over $179k/year
  • 89 employees made between $100k and $149k with the average being just over $121k/year
Over $20 million dollars a year going to the CBC Sunshine Club and another $80 million going to the rest of the CBC employees in this group.

Your tax dollars hard at work.

See the CBC document here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CBC president Hubert Lacroix insulted taxpayers

CBC says Peter Mansbridge makes just $80,000

CBC president Hubert Lacroix insulted and disrespected taxpayers by not fully disclosing the salaries of high-level CBC employees, said senators on a committee studying the public broadcaster's future.

For instance, Lacroix's submission revealed that the host of CBC's The National, Peter Mansbridge, one of the most famous journalists in Canada, makes roughly $80,000 -- the same as a lower-level reporter.

The CBC has often refused to disclose its financial information, despite its annual $1-billion taxpayer subsidy.

Read the full story.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Will CBC respond to Senate request?

A Senate committee is calling on Canada’s public broadcaster to publicly disclose how much employees make and ensure non-executives aren’t getting paid more than their peers in private broadcasting.

The Senate’s communications committee is also calling on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to find new ways to fund its operations to limit the amount of funding it receives from the federal government.

The report also references scandals involving former radio host Jian Ghomeshi and business correspondent Amanda Lang in calling for stricter policies to prevent problems, rather than having to react after they become public.

Read the full story.

Friday, July 17, 2015

NDP promise of hope to CBC

The NDP is promising to restore $115 million to the CBC.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the election commitment in Montreal on Thursday.

That means increasing current funding to CBC/Radio-Canada by $115 million over three fiscal years in hopes it will allow the public broadcaster to evolve in a changing media landscape, Mulcair said.

The Prime Minister's Office said the CBC faces "challenges in this rapidly changing media environment to which no mainstream broadcaster is immune."

"The CBC's viewership has declined, despite getting more than $1 billion in direct subsidies every year from taxpayers. CBC is responsible for its own operations, and it is up to the CBC to provide programming that Canadians actually want to watch and listen to," a PMO spokesperson wrote in email to CBC News.

Read the full story

Thursday, July 16, 2015

U.K. Government Questions Funding of Public Broadcaster

The U.K.’s right-wing Conservative Party government kicked off a review process Thursday that will question the purpose, scale and funding of publicly-owned broadcaster the BBC, whose revenue last year totaled £4.81 billion ($7.48 billion).

In his introduction to the consultation document, Whittingdale said the government must seek answers to some “hard question.” These included: “What should the BBC be trying to achieve in an age where consumer choice is now far more extensive than it has been before?

The review process will lead to the passing into legislation of a new 10-year charter for the BBC, which will come into force at the beginning of 2017. This charter will protect the BBC’s freedom, and imposes on it a requirement to be politically impartial, but also restricts the scope of its operations and defines the way it is funded. It also sets out how the BBC is governed.

Whittingdale said in Parliament that revenue from the compulsory television license, which last year contributed £3.74 billion ($5.82 billion) to the BBC’s treasure chest, will remain at the present level in the short-term, but the review would look at whether the broadcaster could be funded by a voluntary subscription instead in the long-term.

Read the full story.

PS - good idea for the CBC?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jokes don't last long as CBC President Hubert Lacroix address journalism class

On Jan. 21, Hubert Lacroix, the CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, addressed a journalism class in order to discuss the future of Canada’s public broadcaster.

“Before I start this, full transparency: I’m a double McGill grad,” he said, and the students in the class laughed. After making a few more jokes about his background, Lacroix began talking about CBC, and the jokes were soon a thing of the past. Instead, during the nearly 90-minutes he spent talking to students, three themes seemed to keep coming back: financing, Canadian content, and scandals.

Understandably, concerns came through on the many scandals the CBC has lately been associated with.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CBC puts bottom line before Canadian identity

The NHL's new 12-year, multi-billion dollar television rights deal with Rogers made it obvious that the public broadcaster no longer has the means to compete with private interests in the high-stakes game of professional sports.

In addition to no longer competing for pro sports broadcasting rights, CBC president Hubert Lacroix said the network "will also cover fewer events and fewer sports. In addition, our involvement in amateur sports will be reduced. We will only broadcast events that allow us to break even."

The CBC's mandate specifically states that it should "contribute to shared national consciousness and identity." With more sports set to disappear, a Canadian identity that is already so hard to define will be receiving fewer contributions from our public broadcaster.

Read the full story.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Did CBC documentary distort a piece of human history

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and author Paul Watson says he quit The Toronto Star after he was repeatedly told to back off from reporting a story he thought merited “significant public interest.”

Since last year, Watson had been pursuing a story about complaints from federal civil servants and experts involved in the search for the Franklin expedition in the Arctic.

However, Watson said many of those working on the project felt the facts around the discovery of the long-lost HMS Erebus had been distorted.

In May, Watson received a copy of a letter former BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie sent to Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and to the Prime Minister’s Office.

In the letter, Balsillie raises concerns about the “misleading characterization” of the search project presented in the CBC’s documentary “Franklin’s Lost Ships” which aired April 9.

Balsillie’s letter takes aim at The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in particular for creating “new and exaggerated narratives” in the CBC documentary for its own “exclusive benefit” and that of its partners.

Balsillie goes on to list other errors in the CBC documentary.

“Those 129 men died trying to expand the horizons of human knowledge,” Watson said.

“That’s a story of human history and if facts are being misrepresented, that’s distorting a piece of human history. That to me is not a small thing.”

Read the full story.

Friday, July 10, 2015

CBC needs to more than just apologize

The Janice Rubin report into the Jian Ghomeshi affair released last week confirmed the CBC failed to deal with "behaviour that was disrespectful, including behaviour that is considered to create an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment."

In response, president and chief executive Hubert Lacroix apologized to Canadians for this massive lapse in professional conduct.

The report calls for a number of measures that'll go a long way toward cleaning up this mess: an independent survey in which staff can anonymously take part; a confidential hotline so employees can call in with concerns; and an ombudsman for workplace issues.

Unless these measures are put in place, CBC's apology will ring false.

Canadians shell out $1 billion a year for this operation. They deserve better.

We wouldn't accept this culture from a regular government office. The CBC should be treated no differently.

Read the full story.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Does CBC president Hubert Lacroix believe in transparency

For a man who says he is dedicated to transparency, CBC president Hubert Lacroix has a funny way of showing it.

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.

Sen. Don Plett, recently the subject of CBC stories on his own expenses, was particularly outraged.

Plett pressed Lacroix on why he discovered the mistake in June, paid back in September but the public did not find out until Sun Media reported on the issue in February.

Despite his claims of promoting transparency, Lacroix’s tenure at CBC has been one of trying to keep the public from knowing how tax dollars are spent.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Hubert Lacroix continues to bring disdain and disgust

The embattled CEO of Canadian Broadcasting Corp. continues to bring disdain and disgust while appearing at a Senate Committee. Hubert Lacroix has been found to file over 40,000 dollars fraudulent expenses, lost the NHL Hockey contract, marshalled the cover up of Jian Ghomeshi and the number of issues of such catastrophic effects. The double standards all seem fine with Mssr. Lacroix.

While the unravelling of CBC continues at every level there are to many disasters to attend to. The corporation promised a thorough review of Sexual complaints however, an investigation into a known pervert in CBC Charlottetown continues to be buried in the mire. Like answers in PEI on sexual predator, Lacroix does not make any sense.

At some point you might expect someone to step up and take action, maybe firing Lacroix and a number of other cavalier coverup executives, they seem abundant as people start to see how CBC ‘works’.

Original article here.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Move to kill CBC comes from within

It seems that there’s a move a foot to kill the CBC. And it’s coming from within.

Hubert Lacroix, the reigning President of our Nation’s broadcaster looks like Gordon Gekko a business guy/bureaucrat brought in to dismantle the CBC one block at a time.

The big question is why are the staffers so quietly walking the plank as layer after layer of lay offs occur?

Has the CBC served its purpose and not needed in our country any longer?

Clearly the CBC needs to be re-defined and then Canadians need to decide if they want to fund it and use it.

Is it time for the CBC staff to buy the “Beeb” and run it as a co-op? Would CBC staff and their unions for example, take a 50% pay cut to take control over their own destinies instead of being bull dozed by one particular leader or party?

Could they compete in the current market place?

Read the full story here.

Monday, July 06, 2015

CBC HQ symbol of all that is wrong

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.

The CBC does many things well but needs to return to the principles of its public service role with alacrity.

Let the CBC get rid of its Toronto headquarters, a dysfunctional building with an enormous footprint in prime commercial real estate that is also, with its hollow core, the symbol of all that is wrong with its present culture, not least its treatment of virtually all criticism as mortal attack to which it must be impervious.

Read the full story.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Exposed - CBC to put TV and radio on back burner

A defiant CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix on Thursday refused to resign in the face of heated calls to do so at an earlier employee town hall meeting.

What he and Heather Conway, EVP of English Services, who was also on the call, are trying to do includes shifting the CBC from conventional TV to digital and mobile content and spaces, reduce in-house production and cut supper-hour newscasts to a baseline 30 minutes and in some cases 60 minutes or 90 minutes, and cut up to 1,500 staff by 2020 on top of those identified in April.

“We have to start to shift our investment dollars into building mobile product. That means not taking a traditional TV product and making it smaller for a smaller screen. That means producing content for a mobile device,” Conway explained.

That process, to start within 12 months, will mean inverting the CBC workforce from its current state of TV and radio first.

“We will start to say, let’s start producing for mobile first, then digital, then radio, then television,” Conway outlined.

Realizing that vision will entail additional job cuts to those already unveiled in April.

Read the full story.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

CBC slashing workforce

The CBC is slashing some 20 per cent of its workforce over the next five years, while cutting back evening newscasts and in-house production and raising the possibility of selling its flagship headquarters in Toronto.

By 2020, CBC plans to cut 1,000 to 1,500 positions (the broadcaster says it currently has 7,500 employees). It says that goal will in part be fulfilled by retirements and attrition and that roughly 500 of these jobs will be eliminated over the next 12 to 15 months.

The new job losses are in addition to the 657 the broadcaster announced in April. The CBC is grappling with a $130-million budget shortfall due to federal cuts, declining advertising revenues and the loss of hockey rights to Rogers Media.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exposed - CBC by the numbers - sort of

Peter Mansbridge, the CBC’s chief anchor and one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian television news, apparently earns little more than a media librarian at the public broadcaster — a fact that is raising questions and collective eyebrows across the country.

CBC by the numbers:

$1.1B: Federal funding in 2012-13 fiscal year
$913M: Federal funding in 2014-15 fiscal year
$63,797.54 to $80,485.22: Salary scale for senior host Peter Mansbridge and retiring senior host Linden MacIntyre
$60,844.32 to $77,390.42: Salary scale for radio host Jian Ghomeshi and host Amanda Lang
$8.5M: Total bonuses paid to managers and executives in 2012-13 fiscal year
50%: Portion of their base salary executive vice-presidents can receive in bonuses annually
10%: Portion of base salary CBC managers are eligible to receive annually
Source: CBC

So why does it appear that the CBC is obfuscating and may be trying to low-ball the salaries of some of its employees? 

Read the full story.

Monday, June 29, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix double-dipped for six years

Last summer, in the middle of a national uproar over the Senate expense scandal, CBC President Hubert Lacroix quietly paid back $29,678.11 in inappropriate expenses.

It seems that Lacroix was also double dipping when it came to having taxpayers foot the bill for his lifestyle.

“Neither the President’s office nor the people who process expense claims were aware of the appendix to the bylaws,” CBC’s statement says.

This is hardly believable. The rules on living expenses were updated and approved in March of 2006 and Lacroix accepted the post in October 2007. Are we really to believe that CBC forgot its rules just a year and a half later?

For more than a year, CBC reporters have been hounding senators over their expenses -- senators who said they thought they were following the rules. That excuse wasn’t deemed good enough for Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin or Patrick Brazeau and it shouldn’t be good enough for Lacroix.

This man double-dipped for six years. The public deserves more than simply being told “nothing to see here.”

Read the full story.

Friday, June 26, 2015

CBC to pay $30,000 for defamation

Bill Whatcott, Saskatchewan’s irrepressible crusader against homosexuality, has won his second court battle within the month as Judge R.W. Elson ordered the CBC to pay him $30,000 for defamation.

“It’s one thing to call me an a-hole,” said Whatcott. “Media outlets say that all the time though I don’t agree with them. But that’s not libellous. And if I say homosexuals are sinners, that’s free speech. But if I say all homosexuals want to sexually assault children, that’s libel. And when the CBC says I want to kill all homosexuals, that’s libel too.”

Read the full story.

PS - this website does not necessarily agree with any content but merely points out in this case another libel action of the CBC.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Heritage Minister concerned about accountability within CBC

In giving the federal cabinet the power (via the Treasury Board) to demand a place at the table in wage and salary negotiations for all CBC employees, including journalists, Friends insists that the bill threatens to turn the public broadcaster into a state mouthpiece, subservient to political authority.

 The Harper government defends the new rules as necessary to ensure the CBC is more “accountable” in spending its $1-billion taxpayer-funded annual subsidy. Shelly Glover, the newly appointed heritage minister, whose responsibilities include the CBC, seems to be on board with that. In a post-appointment interview with the Globe and Mail she had this to say: “

Although I am a big supporter of a strong, national, public broadcaster, I am concerned about accountability within the CBC and I continue to monitor that situation with great interest.”

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

CBC News Halifax Violates Policy

The complainant, Robert Harrison, thought CBC was remiss in its coverage of the one dental student who came forward in the Dalhousie scandal. He said the student was not shown proper respect because CBC published erroneous information about him. The error was corrected within a half hour of publication.

CBC News in Halifax did violate policy because it published wrong information. Accuracy is the cornerstone of all journalistic endeavours.

There was another violation of policy. The Journalistic Standards and Practices policy on corrections says:

  • Any changes to the original material will be noted to preserve the transparency of the process.

This was more than an update. There should have been a corrections box.

Read the full CBC complaint here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

If CBC was a corporation Hubert Lacroix would be voted out

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday announced it was “out of the business” of competing with private broadcasters for professional sports, and cutting 657 positions in the face of a $130-million revenue shortfall projected for the 2014-15 broadcast year. It is a truly pivotal moment for the national broadcaster. So The Globe reached out to creative and cultural thinkers across the country and asked them, how would you re-imagine the CBC?

  • I’d put a nominal tax on all new televisions sold in the country and eliminate advertising on CBC television. I’d cull television to one channel – a 24 hour resource dedicated to news, sports, documentaries, children’s programming, comedy, mini-series and specialty programming.
  • CBC should not duplicate the work of the private sector. There is no point spending public money on things that are already being well done without it.
  • Under Herbert Lacroix, CBC has lost over 2,000 jobs since 2009, lost public support and, most importantly, ceased to be an icon of idealism. Lacroix has failed to win allies on Parliament Hill and as the hockey debacle clearly shows, he does not have the skill set to negotiate the exploitation of CBC’s considerable commercial value. If CBC were a listed corporation the shareholders would vote him out. He should do the honourable thing and resign.
  • A new commercial-free CBC needs to be radically reinvented to thrive in this new era. In the absence of any direction from Parliament, the CBC needs to initiate this process itself. A reinvented CBC requires a dramatic narrowing of what its mandate is. It needs to ditch those activities that are secondary to its core mission. And it needs a totally new funding formula.

Read the full story.

PS - what would YOU like to see?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Why The CBC Should Be Transparent

The thing is, you don’t have to be an enemy of the CBC to want them to comply with the law and open up their books. Many of us who listen to the CBC and support the mission of public broadcasting would also like some transparency on how they spend the public’s money.

As a former employee and occasional contributor to CBC Radio, I know how much these cancelled programs cost to produce (one radio show might have a staff of just three producers). What I don’t know is how much the network spent on episodes of Little Mosque on The Prairie, while it was simultaneously closing foreign news bureaus. And why do the salaries of on-air hosts matter? Because the CBC has chosen to pay them while sacrificing crucial journalistic resources. That might make sense when a famous host pulls in huge audiences. But when these “celeb” hosted TV shows play to smaller audiences than cancelled radio programs, there are questions that need to be answered.

Revealing the numbers behind these decisions won’t change the past, but a new era of CBC transparency will certainly affect the future.

Read the full story.

Friday, June 19, 2015

CBC Gives No Voice To Conservative Canadians

The Canadian Broadcasting Company is partly supported by the tax dollars of Conservative Canadians, but they have absolutely no voice on the network and that just isn’t fair. The CBC has been literally taken over by an element fixated on rejecting anything “right”.

Their programming is so slanted to the left it’s downright perverted and it’s gotten to the point where something has to be done to literally wrestle it away from the current regime that allows Canada’s network to speak for only part of the country.

I also have a problem with the excessive spending habits at the Corp, I’ve never worked in private broadcasting, however I have friends who do. It has been mentioned where it takes seven people to produce a radio show at the CBC, a quality product could easily be achieved with half that many or less.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Exposed - CBC Thrives On Contradictions

The CBC thrives on the contradictions embedded in its corporate mandate, which is to make its services available “throughout Canada by the most appropriate and efficient means and as resources become available for the purpose.” Over the years, the government broadcaster has been able to parlay its public and private funding regimes into a hybrid dual-engine machine fuelled by billions in direct subsidy from federal taxpayers and billions more in advertising dollars out of the private broadcasting industry.

So skilled is the CBC at this great game that its absurd grand pronouncements about broadcast policy go unchallenged. CBC President Hubert Lacroix, appearing before the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings last week, declared that “in our view” the new Canadian policy for broadcasting “must support” what he called “market-based solutions to issues rather than regulatory intervention.”

With $1.2-billion in direct government subsidies (2013) and $330-million in declining advertising revenue, the CBC is as far from being a “market-based” enterprise as an enterprise can get. As the corporation’s annual report makes clear, the CBC’s self-described “business model” is “not profit oriented and all sources of funds are used to fulfill its public broadcasting mandate.”

But the great non-profit shell game is coming to an end. Even CBC executives concede there’s trouble ahead.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Exposed - CBC scandal is serious breach of ethics

Add to the list another blemish on the CBC. This one, while mild compared to Ghomeshi-gate, has been loud enough to get someone fired and has the nation looking to the Crown corporation with another critical eye.

Evan Soloman, host of television's Power and Politics and radio's The House, was fired this week following allegations he collected about $300,000 in commissions for helping sell high-priced art to people he dealt with as a journalist.

The union which represents the vast majority of CBC journalists decided to raise a few concerns: "As a union, we are concerned that there may have been a rush to judgment here and a disproportionate response to what at worst may have been an unintentional breach of corporate policy that had no impact whatsoever on how Evan conducted himself as a host and journalist," said the Canadian Media Guild.

The argument over appropriate response will play out over the coming days, sure. But let's be clear about one major point here: This is not just a breach of corporate policy. This is a serious slap in the face of ethics, which are unfortunately vastly misunderstood by the public, and evidently misunderstood by the union representing the journalists who breathe those ethics each and every day.

Read the full story.