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, August 25, 2016

CBC workplace behaviour of Peter Mansbridge compared to Q host Jian Ghomeshi

Linden MacIntyre has not been barred from appearing on CBC News Network this week despite an internal memo to the contrary.

Jennifer Harwood, managing editor of CBC News Network, sent a memo to some staff late Wednesday stating that interviews with MacIntyre on the network this week have been cancelled.

The memo said the move came about because of MacIntyre’s recent comments to the Globe and Mail comparing the workplace behaviour of Peter Mansbridge to that of ousted Q host Jian Ghomeshi.

In the Globe interview, MacIntyre said Ghomeshi was “allowed to bully and abuse people,” adding that “that’s the way it works, whether it’s Mansbridge, (Peter) Gzowski, whatever. They were not like shrinking violets, either.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CBC threatens to sue for using footage

On this page you will read how serious media bias is. After being invited to appear before a Parliament committee studying physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, on December 3, 1992 Cheryl Eckstein received a call from Kelly Chrichton, producer of the well known Canadian television production Fifth Estate.

Ms Chrichton immediately accused Mrs Eckstein of not returning her calls, alleging they totaled 5 in all. Ms Eckstein tried to assure Ms Chrichton that in fact she had only returned from a speaking engagement to her home city that day and had not even had the chance to check her messages. Further along in the conversation, Ms Chrichton warned Eckstein that CBC was going to sue Eckstein for using footage from a CBC program entitled "Selling Murder." The footage was of "Ich Klange An,- I Accuse" Ms Chrichton added in a very stern voice that anything Mrs Eckstein had to say she could say it to CBC's lawyers who would be getting in touch with her shortly.

Upon hanging up, Mrs. Eckstein immediately contacted Member of Parliament, Don Bourdria, who originally contacted Mrs Eckstein to appear before the committee. Eckstein related the conversation and threat to Boudria. Within hours, Mr Boudria called back and told her to watch the Parliamentary channel early next morning. That morning it was decided by Parliament to strike a new committee to investigate this threat.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CBC strategy includes cutting real estate and shedding jobs

CBC/Radio-Canada has released an ambitious strategy for transforming the public broadcaster into a leaner, more agile, digital-first operation, in the face of media convergence and successive waves of budget cuts.

The strategy, called “A space for us all” broadly proposes prioritising content for mobile consumption across all genres and platforms; preserving the broadcaster’s geographical reach, by making savings in programme length in some cases, such as newscasts; selling off real estate and production facilities; and, inevitably but incrementally – reducing the number of staff.

The broadcaster set out two key targets to reach by 2020: doubling digital reach to 18 million Canadians (more than half the population) using its digital services each month; and that 75 per cent of Canadians would express that CBC or Radio-Canada is very important to them personally.

The broadcaster also plans to cut its real estate ownership by 50 per cent. It has also estimates it will shed 1,000 to 1,500 jobs over five years. About 1,000 employees are eligible for retirement, and the CBC loses about 300 through attrition every year, it said.

Read the full story here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

CBC Execs Say Canadians Would Pay For CBC

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

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

Read the full story here.

PS - Are YOU ready to pay more?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Why didn’t the CBC run any of the federal debates?

That private networks such as CTV and Global should, on their own, pass on a political debate probably shouldn’t shock us. Pre-empting scheduled programs, purchased at high prices from Hollywood, can put a network at a competitive disadvantage, costing viewers and, ultimately, advertising dollars. That’s part of the logic behind the traditional “consortium” model of organizing debates: If all the big networks run them, each serves the public interest without risking its own neck.

The CBC’s position is more complicated. Yes, it competes with the privates. But it also receives an annual federal subsidy meant to insulate it from competitive pressure, so it can serve a public-interest mandate. That mandate, to paraphrase the Broadcasting Act, requires the CBC to “inform and enlighten” with nationwide programming “by the most appropriate and efficient means and as resources become available for the purpose.” Surely, a federal election leaders’ debate—professionally produced and available free during prime time—fits that description.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CBC Ombudsman Declines To Review Conflict-of-Interest Policy Violations

Original date of this blog - January 20th, 2015

On Jan 5, I wrote to Esther Enkin, the CBC’s Ombudsman, to ask that she offer an opinion on 6 violations of CBC News’ policy on paid speaking engagements which took place during the months of November and December 2015, events where Peter Mansbridge, Amanda Lang, Diane Buckner, Diana Swain and Evan Soloman all received personal speaking fees from organizations outside the CBC.

This afternoon, I received a letter from the Ombudsman indicating that she will not review this matter, arguing that it lies outside her mandate.

Read the full story by Frank Koller here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CBC anti-Trump political statement

A loyal reader suggested this story to publish ...

Only Trump could trample Winnipeg kids' vision of Minnesota after Thunder Bay art show

Two young boys from Winnipeg were enchanted by children's artwork of Duluth, Minnesota at an art show in its sister city of Thunder Bay, Ont., but say their delight could be dampened if Donald Trump becomes president.

The show, which runs until Aug. 31 at the Baggage Building Art Centre, features work by Duluth middle school students ranging in age from 11 to 14.

Brothers Yunus and Kaleem Siddiqui, who were visiting Thunder Bay from Winnipeg on Thursday, said the paintings and collages made them think Duluth is "very beautiful."

Asked if the paintings made the brothers want to visit Duluth, they said yes, but with one caveat.

"The one reason I wouldn't want to go to Duluth is if Donald Trump wins the election," said Kaleem, who is nine.

Selected comments (on the CBC website) about this story:

  • Reporting a children's art show, twisted into an anti-Trump political statement.
  • I hope that Trump sues the CBC for defamation. Honestly, this reporting could not get any worse. The lack of integrity and ethics being shown by the CBC is astounding.
  • What a ridiculous article. How he hell would children know anything about American politics? Obviously, someone has put these two up to it.
  • New low regarding this article. Using kids to attack Mr. Trump. Disgusting to say the least.
Read the full story and see more comments on the CBC website here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Secret CBC Documents

‘Secret’ CBC documents from board of directors meetings haven’t been made public since last August. 

“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 here.

Monday, August 15, 2016

CBC president Hubert Lacroix apologizes to CBC staff

CBC president Hubert Lacroix is apologizing to CBC staff and supporters for claiming $30,000 in expenses to which he wasn't entitled.

"I want to apologize to my fellow employees at CBC/Radio-Canada.… We are now entering a period of great challenge, and I want to assure our CBCers and Radio-Canadiens that they can continue to have faith in their leaders. I also want to apologize to all those Canadians who support CBC/Radio-Canada for this careless error."

Read the full story here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

CBC refuses CRA request

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

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

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said the corporation rebuffed a similar request from the CRA in 2013 for another massive cache of tax-haven data — and will do so again.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CBC to publish correction notice to set record straight

A July 21 article entitled “Who is Fethullah Gulen, the man Erdogan blames for coup attempt in Turkey?” had erroneously stated the following: “The cracks in their relationship began to emerge in 2010, when Gulen commented publicly on the Mavi Marmara incident, in which nine Turks were killed when Israeli soldiers stormed a Turkish ship loaded with supplies for Gaza.” 

Contrary to what had reported, the anti-Israel flotilla ship known as the Mavi Marmara carried only passengers (and many armed individuals) who in 2010 attempted to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Importantly, there was no humanitarian aid on board the ship.

There was no truth to the CBC’s reporting that the Marmara was a ship which was “loaded with supplies for Gaza.” Naturally, it behooved CBC News to publish a correction notice to set the record straight and HRC is appreciative that CBC has done just that.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CBC Produces Biased Reporting of Palestinian Olympic Swimmer

Complaint Filed: CBC Produces Biased Reporting of Palestinian Olympic Swimmer. 

HonestReporting Canada filed a complaint with CBC News editors over recent biased reports produced by CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Derek Stoffel about a Palestinian Olympic swimmer, Mary al-Atrash, as the CBC wrongly implied that she was impeded by Israel from training at an Olympic-sized swimming pool in Jerusalem.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

CBC live coverage of Olympics disappoints many

Many dedicated Pan Am fans are panning CBC's live coverage of the Games.

"I expected a channel with lots of stuff going on. It's ridiculous," Miles Gibson grumbled by phone from Edmonton on Monday. "It's the worst coverage I have ever seen."

Gibson and other sports fans took to Twitter and CBC's own website to express disappointment with live online streams and largely pre-packaged TV broadcasts from venues across southern Ontario.

Read the full story here.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Bill Boyd files lawsuit against CBC

Bill Boyd has filed a lawsuit against the CBC and one of its reporters.

It is in regard to the recent stories about a $21 million land deal by the Global Transportation Hub of which Boyd was chair.

The provincial auditor is now investigating the land sale and any other transactions related to it.

The lawsuit argues the stories are misleading and allege the SaskParty MLA acted unlawfully.

Read the full story here.

Friday, August 05, 2016

CBC culture of impunity

No matter what else happens, a select few CBC journalists will always be more equal than other CBC journalists.

That’s the conclusion you’re likely to reach after digesting some eye-opening correspondence from late last week between former long-time CBC correspondent Frank Koller, CBC News Editor-in Chief Jennifer McGuire and her boss, Heather Conway, the public broadcaster’s head of English services.

I urge you to read the emails — which Koller shared with me and are now posted on his website — about the CBC’s cockeyed application of its new and supposedly ‘improved’ paid speaking policy … since the other conclusion you’re bound to draw is that McGuire and Conway have learned zilch from the Jian Ghomeshi scandal that continues to reverberate inside the CBC like a dentist’s drill.

Instead, senior CBC mandarins have been busy rewriting history — to absolve themselves of any measure of meaningful accountability and, perhaps more importantly, to save their jobs in the wake of the tsunami that hit CBC last month courtesy of Jesse Brown and the Toronto Star.

They’re loath to admit it, but Ghomeshi was untouchable and, as such, was never confronted, let alone disciplined, despite loud whispers and at least one formal union complaint that he had routinely sexually harassed a female CBC employee.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

CBC brass seems to be confused

The CBC has a lot on its plate these days: funding cuts, ratings slumps and an incorrigible diversity deficit. The CBC struggles to reach younger audiences, and to remain competitive. These scandals in of themselves won't sink the CBC. But they erode confidence in the national institution.

The CBC brass need to pay attention to the general public's growing apathy towards an institution too often in the news for the wrong reasons. Uncomfortable corporate silences. Lingering questions. Unanswered inquiries. CBC fans can't explain this riddle to themselves, much less to lukewarm listeners.

Beyond the noise coming from a constant self-congratulatory echo chamber on CBC streams, the CBC bandwagon might be hollowing out. As the embattled broadcaster lobbies for increased government dollars to "Save the CBC" underneath a cloud of checkered transparency and puzzling rationales, taxpayers' appetite for increased spending dries up. The CBC brass seems to be confused as to who its most valuable assets are: its not the "on-air personalities." It's the fans!

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

CBC Radio managers have been close to deceitful

CBC is like a crazy, old aunt, unwilling to accept the reality of her circumstances. In CBC's case it is the reality that its radio audience is comprised mostly of older Canadians. CBC senior managers have recently boasted about the record high audiences of CBC Radio. They gush over CBC Radio's audience share in speeches and public appearances, such as last month's appearance before a Senate Committee, but never acknowledge that loyal, senior citizen listeners are responsible for creating a mathematical illusion. Mark Twain would say there are lies, damn lies.

While CBC Radio is undoubtedly the jewel in CBC's crown and virtually a necessity for a large number of Canadians, managers have been close to deceitful about its audience performance.


Read the full story here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Clash of Funding and Interests at CBC

Known to many as the ‘Mother Corp,’ the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was created in 1936 to model the BBC, the most prestigious broadcaster in the world. CBC was conceived to counter the influx of American programming that had been penetrating the airwaves across the border, to promote Canadian culture and national unity, and to reduce the growing tensions between Anglophone and Francophone citizens.

Today, the CBC operates with a level of complexity that is unprecedented. Across six time zones, it broadcasts 88 radio stations, 27 television stations, three all-digital services, and 16 specialty services in English, French and eight different Aboriginal languages. Being a public-service broadcaster, it seeks to enlighten, inform, and entertain Canadians from coast to coast, giving our culture a voice and providing us with a unique sense of Canada’s place in the world.

Unfortunately, the CBC’s ability to fulfill its mandate has been beclouded by government and corporate interests, the main obstacle being one of funding. CBC’s current annual budget is just over $1.5 billion. One billion of this is garnered from public appropriation and funding from the federal government, while the rest is brought in by commercial revenues.

Read the full story here.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Letter Reveals CBC Management Snooping on Staff

This was a letter received from a follower of this blog:

I have a CBC story that will shock you. Several weeks ago Nancy Waugh, managing director for the CBC Maritimes, sent an all staff memo to hundreds of employees in the region announcing that Ken MacIntosh was being made the Nova Scotia news director. This came as surprise to many of us because Ken is well known as somewhat of a bully at work and has never been a reporter or journalist. Most people at CBC Halifax assume his main attribute as far as management is concerned is his ability to intimidate staff.

After getting the mass email, one of the staff at CBC Halifax forwarded the email to several people outside the CBC. The next day the employee who forwarded the email was hauled into Waugh’s office and severely reprimanded for forwarding the message. It turns out CBC’s Halifax IT department was ordered by Waugh to open and investigate the emails and I-phone messages of every employee to find out who had forwarded the public announcement of major new appointment to CBC Nova Scotia’s management team.

The whole place is running scared. CBC management has made it clear that regular and frequent examination of emails is acceptable. A source in the IT department said there are strict rules about when and how emails can be opened, and that in this case none of those rules were followed. The IT department protested but CBC Halifax senior manager Caroline Lounsbury ordered them to do it anyway.

The whole affair shows how corrupt and out of control management is, not just in Toronto, but other regions. The “leak” involved an all staff memo celebrating the promotion of one of its own. The memo was even sent to the local newspaper as press release.

The employee was told that the act could be viewed as questioning a management decision. The employee was told that opening and scanning emails would now be a common practice.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

CBC and The Omission of Inconvenient Facts

Leftist John Grierson, the first Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada — later dismissed for his communist sympathies — once said something to the effect that successful manipulation of public opinion largely consists not in slanting the news, but choosing it. The real power of a news outlet lies in its ability to determine what is and what is not newsworthy. Thus, the public is not so much victimized by the "lying press" as by what patriotic Germans have recently dubbed the "L├╝ckenpresse" — the "gaps" press. Leaving out crucially relevant information is as effective as misrepresenting it. The silent lie is as potent — and morally reprehensible — as the uttered lie.

Of course, this technique is not confined to the print media, but to television and radio as well. None employ it better than CBC Pravda, Canada's state broadcaster, which may be described as the conversion of conscripted taxpayer money into thinly veiled ideologically partisan bullshit. Its apparent mandate is to manufacture consent by using journalism as a mechanism of social engineering. For the "Friends of the CBC", the CBC is the appointed gatekeeper of information that can be trusted not to let inconvenient truths to slip by and red-pill the public. The objective is not to just keep disturbing ideas out, but to keep the masses in. Inside the CBC matrix. Canadians must not be let out of their sheep pen, or radical campus feminists would put it, their 'safe zone'.

As I have long said, the CBC is an infallible guide as to what is not happening in the world. Perhaps then CBC "Pravda" is not an appropriate appellation, for "Pravda" is the Russian word for "truth". A more apt description of the CBC and its mission would be "The Omission of Truth".

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CBC violated rules by accepting $5,000

Quiet acceptance of travel money to interview rocker in California appears to have broken CBC's own rules

CBC violated its rules by accepting $5,000 from Warner Music so that Jian Ghomeshi could travel to Malibu, Cali., and interview American rock star Tom Petty for a Q show "Canadian exclusive." 

"Our policy is to never accept money for booking talent," said CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson. "That said, we recently became aware of a situation on Q where, after the talent was booked, money was accepted to help defray travel expenses."

After The Toronto Star asked the CBC about the payment for the July 17 show, CBC said it would repay the $5,000 to Petty's record label.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Was former CBC Executive fired for political reasons?

A former top executive at CBC is suing the national broadcaster for wrongful dismissal, saying he was “scapegoated” in the wake of the scandal surrounding Jian Ghomeshi.

Todd Spencer, a 45-year-old former executive director of human resources, says the company where he worked for 11 years fired him for “political reasons” after he was involved in an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against former Q radio host Ghomeshi, according to a statement of claim.

Read the full story here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

CBC dealing with employee tension, rage and confusion

CANADALAND has obtained internal CBC documents illustrating how the organization is dealing with employee tension, rage and confusion.

Here is CBC News’ “Digital Mantra”, also titled “CBC Digital Strategy in 3 Slides” (link) Here is management’s attempt to answer questions submitted by employees following last month’s employee town hall (link). The CBC work atmosphere has by all accounts hit a new low since the town hall, where employees hoped to learn whether or not they would be keeping their jobs. Instead, they were forced to endure President Hubert Lacroix’s “Vision 2020” unveiling, a smokescreen of digital futurism bafflegab that obscured the painful truth, that 1500 unspecified positions will be eliminated over the next 5 years. While each employee waits to find out if they’re getting the axe, they are expected to internalize and execute the CBC’s “digital mantra”, which will result in news content designed for phones and tablets, somehow (it has to do with “pillars” and “planks”).

A couple of brave (doomed?) workers actually piped up to demand Lacroix’s resignation for running the whole enterprise into the ground (he refused) and the whole affair was hustled to a premature close as questions were still being hurled at the stage.

Read the full story here.

Friday, July 22, 2016

CBC workplace is psychologically unhealthy

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

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

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

Read the full story here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CBC Calgary shameless in its assault on Alberta's energy sector

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

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

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

There was nothing balanced, fair or even accurate about it. The CBC dug out whatever anti-energy smear it could of out statistics on Page 20 while it ignored the overwhelming numbers that didn’t support it’s usual anti-oil narrative.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CBC’s legal counsel argued AGAINST free speech

Canada’s state broadcaster has been busy proving themselves to be one of the most devoted enemies of freedom of speech and information sharing in the country.

They were relentless in their effort to maintain control of information for their own purposes even if it meant going against the principle of free speech, copyright law and access to information that they themselves rely on.

See the full story here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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. 

Lacroix responded to the Senate's committee on transport and communications' request for financial disclosure by submitting 184 pages of base employee salary scales that senators said left out the full take-home income of many of the corporation's big-name personalities.

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.

Read the full story here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Former senior executive suing CBC

Fired over the Ghomeshi affair, a former senior executive is suing the CBC for more than $640,000, saying he was scapegoated and sacrificed in a face-saving effort by senior management.

Todd Spencer, 45, accuses the national broadcaster of blaming him for the public mess over former star host Jian Ghomeshi. Yet, top management – up to and including CBC president Hubert Lacroix – were “deeply involved with and aware of” the investigation that he and others carried out into allegations against Mr. Ghomeshi, he says.

“The CBC terminated Spencer’s employment for cause for political reasons and has used Spencer as a scapegoat for the Ghomeshi affair,” a legal filing with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice says. “Spencer states that the CBC fired him to send a message to the Canadian public that the CBC takes matters of workplace harassment seriously.”

Read the full story here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Rein in CBC to protect Canadian journalism

Private industry has to compete with its arms held behind its back

There is trouble in today’s news media industry. Large newspaper chains such as Postmedia have made staff cuts to offset reduced revenues. Newspapers and local TV newsrooms, which often provide communities with their only source of local content, are struggling. An Ontario daily paper recently shut down. Many now wonder what the future of journalism will look like.

A common proposal to reverse this decline is for government to subsidize newspapers, just as government subsidizes CBC to the tune of $1 billion a year. Proponents of the idea say that subsidies would lessen the importance of readers and advertising dollars on the bottom line, and allow local news providers to remain open. Subsidies would surely stabilize an uncertain employment market for print journalists, as it has for CBC.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Few Canadians loyal to CBC

Decades ago CBC was the only Canadian TV or radio station most Canadians could receive. It was a necessity, not a convenience. A handful of private radio stations existed in major cities in the 1920s; but in the 1930s Parliament created the CBC and rapidly it became the most important radio broadcaster in the country.

The 1950s was also a golden age for CBC TV because of its near monopoly of the television audience across the country.

CBC TV finds itself today in a very fragile position, as desperate as radio’s was 50 years ago. Today CBC TV is only one (two if you count its news channel) of hundreds of channels, with less and less to distinguish it from private channels.

CBC airs many of the same programs one finds on private channels: Hollywood movies, NHL hockey, the Olympics, news and information that increasingly mimic the style of private TV, and, until recently, daily U.S. game shows. Most importantly, virtually all the same commercials that are aired on private TV also appear on CBC.

CBC TV does have an audience reach much larger than CBC Radio. About four in five Canadians are regular viewers; but, according to CBC, CBC’s share of total viewing time is now on average about 5 percent. That is a tiny fraction of what it was in the 1960s or even the 1970s and ’80s. There are parts of the day and seasons of the year when the audience share is 3 to 4 percent.

A large number of Canadians find something worth watching occasionally on CBC. But few are loyal to the service. The average Canadian spends only about 70 hours per year watching CBC TV, including NHL hockey and foreign programs. Remove those programs and the number is only about 35 hours per year.

Read the full story here.