Its 2017: 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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ezra debates CBC faithful ...

About 200 CBC fans gathered in Ottawa on Monday to listen to a panel discussion about the future of public broadcasting.

Ezra Levant, host of The Source on Sun News Network, was the lone voice calling for taxpayer dollars to stop flowing to the state broadcaster.

"You have a conceit that the CBC is somehow above partisanship and above the fray, and you're the holy ones keeping the country together and god forbid that you are not there," Levant said to the CBC Radio's Carol Off, co-host of As it Happens, who was also on the panel.

Levant said while many CBC reporters are talented, they are also all bureaucrats.  "You're about snobbery, that you know better how to do radio than the commercially successful radio you hear because you think it's too sound bitey and your judgment deserves $1.1 billion in subsidies, as opposed to those grubby folks out there who have to pay for it themselves."

The CBC panellist had a solution to the common complaint that the broadcaster competes for private ad dollars -- give the corporation more tax dollars.

Read the full story here!

CBC should open up ...

In justifying its corporate secrecy, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation says some secrets are necessary to maintain its independence and competitiveness.

But in the most fundamental sense, the CBC is not independent, and it is not competing on a level playing field. It if were, it wouldn't get $1.1 billion every year in public funding.

Since it is taxpayer-funded, it ought to be transparent. And its journalistic function - far from being a reason for extra secrecy - should spur the organization to do better than other Crown corporations in this regard. Journalists consistently call for publicly funded organizations to be more open. The CBC should lead the way.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CBC Host Acts as Apologist For Iran to Stick it to Israel ...

In what can only be described as theatre of the absurd, CBC host Carol Off came to the quick defence of the Iranian regime by suggesting that Iran's nuclear weapons program was for "defensive" purposes and not as acts of "provocation".

On November 21, CBC Radio host Carol Off of the As It Happens program interviewed Chris Alexander; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence on the IAEA report and Canada’s recently announced sanctions on Iran.

Read the story and listen to the program by clicking here.

NDP, Grits cry foul over attempts to reveal CBC spending ...

New Democrats and Liberals are crying foul over government attempts to reveal what the CBC doesn't want the public to see - how it spends the $1.16 billion in taxpayer funds it receives annually from Heritage Canada.

Neither party said in their dueling releases why they object to Canadian taxpayers learning how their hard-earned money is being spent.

Read the full story here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Backbench MP suckers CBC ...

A Conservative backbencher is doing an end run around access laws to force the state broadcaster to sell out some its most sacred cows.

Edmonton MP Brent Rathgeber sent ripples through CBC headquarters Friday when he asked Parliament in writing for information on how much Peter Mansbridge, George Stroumboulopoulos and Rick Mercer earn.

The Commons committee on ethics has been investigating the CBC's spat with Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault and allegations it has been misusing Section 68.1 of the access act to reject requests.

CBC has lost two court cases over access to information in its fight with Legault, and is considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Read the full story here.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The sweet smell of vindication ...

The state broadcaster was ordered to play nice with the parliamentary officer it spurned in a court ruling that orders the CBC to produce access documents the network doesn't want anyone to see because they could shed light on wasteful spending.

The Federal Court of Appeal said Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has the legal authority to determine whether access to information requests the CBC wants kept under wraps should be released.

Wednesday's unanimous three-judge ruling upheld a Federal Court judgment against the broadcaster.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Court orders CBC to cough up records ...

 The state broadcaster was ordered to play nice with the parliamentary officer it spurned in a court ruling that orders the CBC to produce access documents the network doesn't want anyone to see because they could shed light on wasteful spending.


The Federal Court of Appeal said Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault has the legal authority to determine whether access to information requests the CBC wants kept under wraps should be released.

Wednesday's unanimous three-judge ruling upheld a Federal Court judgment against the broadcaster.

Read the full story here.

Speaker stays clear of CBC document dispute ...

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer will follow precedent and for now stay out of a Commons committee dispute over the constitutionality of a government study into the CBC's handling of several access to information requests that are currently the subject of a court battle.

NDP House leader Joe Comartin asked the Speaker to intervene last week after a parliamentary law clerk said the government was wading into murky constitutional waters and "could be seen as interfering with and possibly undermining the judicial process."

Last Tuesday, the same day Comartin presented his pitch to the Speaker, the CBC released a series of documents "under protest" to the Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sheila Copps calls CBC attacks anti-Canadian ... hmmmmm

A woman who was at the centre of the biggest cut to CBC's budget in Canadian history has said that any attack on the CBC is an attack on all Canadian culture.

Former Liberal MP and one time heritage minister Sheila Copps was part of Jean Chretien's cabinet when the government of the day chopped $400 million from the state broadcaster's budget.

Copps also said that CBC is essential to Canadian culture, implying that without a state broadcaster, and government money, Canada will have no culture.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ottawa MD makes legal history with huge libel award against CBC ...

Dr. Frans Leenen thought his professional reputation had been left in tatters when the CBC broadcast a public affairs program on the use of calcium-channel blockers in 1996. Four years later, the CBC knows exactly how he felt.

In the end, the hour-long broadcast may cost the CBC up to $5 million because of the Leenen ruling and an earlier judgement in favour of Toronto cardiologist Martin Myers, who was awarded $200 000 for defamation last November.  The CBC must also pay his costs.

Read the full story here.

New Montreal Taj Mahal for CBC ...

CBC bureaucrats, production people, and journalists are feeling a little cramped in their 23-storey broadcast palace in Montreal.



So, Crown Corporation executives are pushing for a $1.6 billion public-private redevelopment of the property, which would also provide its French operation with bigger headquarters through "a new construction on the existing site or a major retrofit of the current space."

Taxpayers subsidize the CBC to the tune of $1.1 billion annually.

Read the full story here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Parliament's top lawyer: Careful with CBC info ...

The House of Commons ethics committee has demanded that the state broadcaster table documents detailing its spending of taxpayers' money - but the top parliamentary legal officer says the issue is dicey.

"(The committee's) demand for documents for assessing CBC's actions under section 68.1 of the act is comparable to a demand for a taxpayer's income tax returns," writes Robert Walsh, law clerk and parliamentary counsel in a letter to the NDP.

QMI Agency's parent company, Quebecor, wants to know how much cash is pumped into the CBC's vehicle fleet, while the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation is curious to know who funds the corporation's booster squad, called Friends of the CBC.

Tory MP Dean Del Mastro also wanted some answers from the state broadcaster, which gets more than $1 billion from taxpayers every year, so he pushed for a motion to be passed demanding the information. NDP members balked and the opposition boycotted the October vote.

Read the full story here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

CBC made its own rules

They may be a government institution, but minutes from a CBC board meeting show the state broadcaster feels it is entitled to play by its own rules.


As CBC was coming under the Access to Information Act, the government-appointed board considered whether the broadcaster should follow the government’s standard policy or adopt its own, according to minutes from a November 2007 board meeting.

“The Committee considered whether CBC/Radio-Canada, a government institution for the purpose of the Access to Information Act, should be subject to the Access to Information policy promulgated by Treasury Board or should instead be governed by its own policy,” the minutes read.

A section of the minutes have been deleted from the released documents, claiming that the information removed is considered “advice or recommendations developed by or for a government institution.”

The CBC is engaged in an ongoing fight to keep its spending under wraps. Currently, it is fighting the federal information commissioner in court over the release of several documents.

A Commons committee has requested several documents be released to MPs behind closed doors. So far, the CBC has not agreed to comply with the request.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CBC's Comedy of Errors

Turns out it’s not just This Hour Has 22 Minutes that’s the comedy show — but the whole CBC network.

Even though the journalistic community is laughing at them, there is nothing funny about the systematic and erroneous attacks on Mayor Rob Ford and an apparent lack of respect for the truth.

When you report sources saying the mayor “turned on the dispatcher, yelling: “You … bitches! Don’t you f---ing know? I’m Rob f---ing Ford, the mayor of this city!” and it’s not true, you had better get on your knees and beg for forgiveness.

Instead, the arrogant Mother Corp is digging itself in even deeper.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CBC's 22 Minutes: comedy team or hit squad?

The CBC briefly considered using its This Hour has 22 Minutes comedy team as a "hit squad" to respond to Sun News talk show host Ezra Levant's summertime skirmish with security, access to information requests reveal.

Levant showed up in the lobby of the CBC's 13-storey Toronto headquarters in August demanding a meeting with president and CEO Hubert Lacroix or head of media relations, Jeff Keay.

He didn't get his meeting, but QMI Agency has seen email exchanged among the state broadcaster's bureaucrats as they struggled to formulate a response.

One CBC executive suggested a 22 Minutes crew launch a "counter attack" against Sun News Network.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CBC boss bills taxpayers for private lunches and fancy hotels ...

The head of Canada's state broadcaster has a taste for fine hotel rooms and pricey lunches, according to a set of expense claims released to QMI Agency under the access to information system.

Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of the CBC, prefers the comfort of the tony Chataeu Laurier hotel when travelling to Ottawa on business. The Chateau, located next to the Parliament buildings, is a place to see and be seen for Ottawa's power brokers. It also charges rates at least $100 per night higher than many hotels in the same area that cater to business travellers.

Lacroix billed taxpayers for $24,505.29 worth of travel and hospitality expenses in the first six months of this year. That's compared to $17,292.13 in the first six months of 2010.

Among Lacroix's claims, a $242 lunch with CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, the chief regulator for the CBC and the rest of the broadcast industry.

Read the full story here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

How much longer will CBC be tolerated?

Last week, the French CBC’s most prestigious investigative program, Enquete, dedicated its full show in an attempt to discredit one of its competitors in La Belle Province, Quebecor, owner of this paper.

They didn’t do any inquiries on Gesca, subsidiary of Power Corp., the other big provincial media player, even though it owns seven of the 10 daily papers in Quebec.

Why not? Maybe because the CBC has a secret deal with Gesca, which was revealed through an access-to-information request. Together, the CBC and Gesca represent the greatest share of all the information consumed in Quebec, and present the most serious threat in terms of concentration of the press.

The CBC, however, preferred targeting only Quebecor. Its investigators’ shocking discovery? They “reveal” that in a list of provincial celebrities ranked by popularity, chosen by a panel and first published in Journal de Quebec, the chain’s Journal de Montreal swapped out the name of a radio host for Celine Dion. Wow! That’s it?

Read the full story here. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Quebecor hits CBC with lawsuit notice ...

The battle between Quebecor and CBC heated up Friday with legal notice being served upon the state broadcaster's head honcho Hubert Lacroix.

The letter of notice from Bernard Pageau, director of legal affairs for Quebecor Media, claims information posted on CBC's website under the heading "Get The Facts," is anything but factual.

"The information is false, incomplete and defamatory," the letter reads.

Earlier this week, CBC responded to a series of stories about problems the state broadcaster has with the access to information system by lashing out at Quebecor and Sun Media.

In a statement posted to their website, CBC claimed Quebecor had "received more than half a billion dollars in direct and indirect subsidies and benefits from Canadian taxpayers over the past three years."

Pageau writes this false information was "distributed with the obvious intention by CBC-Radio Canada of harming the reputation of Quebecor."

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MPs stunned by new charges against CBC ...

A Commons committee investigating allegations of subterfuge at the state broadcaster learned Tuesday the CBC is denying access requests on a whim.

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault – the subject of a court case initiated by the broadcaster – caught MPs off guard when she testified she just learned the CBC is denying requests based on the wording of the request.

“And if that’s the case and they do this without retrieving the records and without processing all the records and without applying appropriate severances under the legislation then I am seriously concerned,” she said in an interview.

“I think it’s mistaken and misguided if they are doing that,” she testified.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Force CBC to open its books, committee hears ...

Federal access laws should be strengthened to prevent the CBC from hiding behind vague wording that allows it to flout the rules, a Commons committee was told Tuesday.

Both the CRTC - the federal broadcast regulator - and the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation (CTF) said if the rules were clear, the state broadcaster wouldn't be spending public funds to fight federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault in court.

The ethics committee is investigating the CBC's failed record on releasing information on how it spends the $1.16 billion a year it receives from Heritage Canada.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Time for the CBC to come clean ...

We are firmly convinced that asking for the costs of a multimillion-dollar IT project, for the planning budget for CBC's 75th anniversary celebrations or for the size of its fleet of cars is not only legitimate, but firmly in the public interest and in keeping with the spirit of the Access to Information Act.

What we got in return from the CBC is a series of highly redacted documents, containing not a single fact or figure that could help taxpayers understand how the state broadcaster is spending its annual $1.1-billion subsidy. It is ironic, considering that CBC reporters would never accept this kind of response from any other government entity. They would justifiably fight back.

Read the full story here.

Monday, November 07, 2011

CBC mum on harassment payouts ...

You may pay the bill for harassment complaints filed against the CBC by their employees, but the state broadcaster has decided taxpayers don`t need to know how much money is being used to settle these complaints.


A request filed through the Access to Information system seeking the amount of money CBC paid out for harassment claims in the first six months of this year returned several pages of invoices - some completely blank - but no details on what was paid out.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

CBC Forced to Make Apology

Occupy Wall Street - Chris Hedges shuts down CBC Kevin O'Leary 



Friday, November 04, 2011

CBC lashes out over scrutiny of spending ...

A Commons committee has been holding hearings into CBC's refusal to release information to the public and the federal information commissioner. As a recipient of an annual subsidy of more than $1.1 billion, CBC is subject to the Access to Information Act and is required to be open and transparent.

This week, CBC appealed a decision of the Federal Court of Canada ordering that it release a set of documents to the information commissioner. CBC president Hurbert Lacroix has said he will take his fight to the Supreme Court to keep the state broadcaster's sensitive data from public eyes.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

CBC should release information ...

Not only has the Canadian taxpayer a fundamental right to demand access to information from the CBC, but we also expect full accountability from an agency we, the taxpayers, support to the tune of $1.1 billion annually.

When an organization fights against the release of information, it is usually because it has something unflattering to hide.

Unfortunately, by the CBC not coming clean, that is the only conclusion the Canadian public can arrive at.

Isn't it about time to do the taxpayers a big favour and simply let the CBC quietly fade away and die an honourable death?

Read the full story in the Sudbury Star here.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Cut funding to secretive CBC: Peter Worthington

Over the years, a lot of us have questioned CBC arrogance and methods. To little avail.

Apart from the CBC’s penchant for secrecy on how it spends the $1.1 billion of taxpayers’ money it gets from the government, what I find unacceptable and disgraceful is the CBC bidding on programs that the private sector would run but can’t match CBC funding, which is given to them, rather than earned by them.

I’m thinking of NHL games, Olympic coverage, the Grey Cup. Instead of Masterpiece Theatre, the CBC bids on Jeopardy!, which is more suited to private-sector TV. CBC bidding raises the price — surely not the intent of those who started the CBC 75 years ago.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Biases of the CBC - November 13, 2011, 2 PM

The Biases of the CBC
November 13, 2011, 2 PM
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington
Ottawa

Part of the 2nd Annual Free Thinking Film festival 2011


Please join us for our first self-produced documentary which examines whether the CBC is biased against Israel and biased against conservatives.

After the film, we will have a panel discussion with:
  • Mike Fegelman of HonestReporting Canada.
  • Stephen Taylor of the NCC.
  • Brian Lilley of Sun News.
  • Eric Duhaime from the Le Journal de Montreal.
  • David Krayden from the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies.
This event is part of the 2nd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival which runs between November 11-13th, 2011.

For more information, please visit www.freethinkingfilmfest.ca

Admission to this event is just $15! Or you can buy a festival pass for $75 and see all the events in the Festival.

This event is co-sponsored by Le Réseau Liberté-Québec.