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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Will Someone Please Shut Down CBC Radio Already ...

The only reason I haven’t already addressed CBC Radio is that I just assumed it had been shut down years ago.

CBC Radio is an old, crippled dog. It’s time to put it down, mulch it, and fertilize Canada’s media soil with its remains.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spendthrift CBC's austerity junket ...

While the taxpayer-funded CBC is bragging about sending only 14 of its brass to this yoo-hoo event, privately owned Bell Media/CTV/Astral is sending eight, Shaw Media/Global/Alliance is sending seven (which is exactly half of what's on the CBC's manifest), and Rogers/Citytv is sending only four.

But, then again, these private media companies don't have the taxpayer picking up the tab, do they?

They get their money the old-fashioned way.

They work for it.

There is little doubt Sun Media will put in an information request in attempt to get the total cost of the taxpayers' bill -- let's see now, there's the cost of flights and hotels, the $1,800-per-delegate registration fee, the cost of all the workshops, and the bill of the hosting an opening reception for 2,000 -- but we will undoubtedly be told once again to buzz off.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

To Save The CBC, We Must Destroy It ...

The CBC does not reflect the values and interests of all Canadians, but only of those on the inside, most of them comfortably installed in an attitude of self-satisfied liberal paternalism.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation must be destroyed in order to be saved. There is no other way to restore its status as the shared voice of Canadian culture and public affairs. It has to be reinvented from top to bottom.

Today the CBC is neither fish nor fowl. One day it professes to serve the broad national interest. The next day it claims to be in competition with private broadcasters by shamelessly screening Hollywood dreck like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune (both of which have just been dropped due to budget cuts). One night, The National takes the high road, leading with significant national and world news. Next night, it chases ambulances.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Corp creep at the CBC ...

The national broadcaster is reaching outside its mandate with a free digital music service that has private firms crying foul 

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is not sticking to its knitting. Until this year, nobody minded all that much. But it is a fact that the corporation’s mandate under the Broadcasting Act is to “provide radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains.” You see any mention of the Internet in there? When the CBC started colonizing the web, nobody’s ox in particular got gored; any grumbling was destined not to last long in an environment of infinite bandwidth and zero pricing.

But now the grey area befogging the CBC’s mandate has officially become a problem—specifically, with the February launch of CBCmusic.ca, the Corp’s free digital streaming music service. Private broadcasters are crying foul, saying that CBC mission creep has finally gone too far. And they have taken their complaint to the CRTC, the national broadcast regulator.

The CRTC’s new-media broadcasting regulations contains a rule forbidding providers from abusing any “undue preference” to gain leverage. In an April 11 letter to the CRTC, Stingray Digital, acting on behalf of a coalition of private music licensers, argues that this is exactly what the CBC is doing: it contends that the CBC’s free service relies on public funding not available to private broadcasters, and on preferential royalty rates for streaming records that it supposedly receives from SOCAN and other copyright enforcers because of its public, nonprofit nature.

Read the story here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

CBC costs Canadians ...

Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant look at the poor return for taxpayers' dollars known as the CBC.

To see this very informative video, click here.

CBC's Sirius Satellite Radio a huge financial risk ....

CBC spent millions of public dollars on a radio project with questionable results, documents reveal. Documents obtained by QMI Agency under access to information and an examination of annual reports show CBC took significant risks by investing $12 million in 2005 in Sirius Satellite Radio.

According to a financial report, the accumulated deficit of Sirius Canada - in which CBC owned a 25.5% stake in until its fusion with XM Satellite Radio in May 2011 - sat at $100.7 million at the time of the merger. 

The loss incurred for investors was $71.3 million, including $36 million poured into the company in 2005 by its three founding partners.

CBC's financial state reflected those investment losses until the merger.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

CBC wants Sun News censored ...

The CBC is throwing a tantrum - using your tax dollars.

They had a lawyer send a letter to us here at the Sun, complaining because we criticize their wasteful spending, their lack of accountability, and their bizarre broadcasting decisions, like their big foray into Internet porn.

The CBC lawyer was really mad because on the Sun News Network, we showed a video of one of their senior executives, Kirstine Stewart, alongside a video of a France-produced porn show on CBC's new online channel.

Here's a quote from their letter: "Placing Ms. Stewart on the same screen as graphic sex scenes is indefensible morally and legally."

Just to be clear, the graphic sex scene their lawyer referred to was from a program on a CBC website. But to show that program, associated with a CBC executive, is apparently illegal and immoral in their eyes.

Uh, nope. It's called accountability.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CBC upset by its own programming ...

CBC president Hubert Lacroix is trying to suck and blow at the same time.

Lacroix is blasting Sun News Network, and threatening legal action, for daring to show a satirical video clip earlier this month.

The video in question juxtaposed CBC executive vice-president Kirstine Stewart talking about the wonders of CBC next to a pornographic program the state broadcaster used tax dollars to buy.

In a letter to Quebecor's board of directors Lacroix calls the video clip "an act so low and so unworthy that it must be drawn to your attention" while simultaneously defending the use of taxpayer's dollars to buy porn from France and post it on the Internet.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

CBC demands more money while refusing to release key information ...

CBC wants more money from Canadians to pay for local services but isn't willing to say exactly what that money will buy.

Last week CBC appeared before the CRTC, Canada's broadcast regulator, arguing in favour of keeping a pool of money called the Local Programming Improvement Fund available to television station owners. The fund was set up a few years ago to offset the loss in ad revenue caused by the worldwide economic collapse in 2008.

Facing hard times, broadcasters turned to their MPs and pushed for a new source of money, which led to the creation of the fund. CBC's slice of the pie, paid for by a levy on Canadian cable and satellite companies, is $40 million.

But while the state broadcaster says it needs more money from hard working Canadians to keep local operations going, it is also working hard to keep details of local operations secret.

Read the story.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How CBC failed Albertans ...

Failed to give country the whole picture -- didn't broadcast provincial leaders' debate

Their slogan says "Canada Lives Here," but the CBC's news channel has a narrow view of that mandate. 

Despite receiving nearly $1.2 billion a year from taxpayers to bring Canadians together and keep viewers abreast of historical shifts - like what's going on in Alberta - Canadians missed some intriguing developments the other night.

The state broadcaster chose not to nationally televise Thursday's leaders' debate where unelected Conservative Premier Alison Redford squared off against upstart Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith, as well as the leaders of the NDP and Liberals.

Read the story.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CBC prez wants another go at the trough ...

CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix has launched a campaign for a second term at the top of the state broadcaster, QMI Agency has learned.

The job comes with a salary of between $358,000 and $421,000 per year plus perks and bonuses.

CBC executives can receive bonuses of up to 50% of their base salary. In 2009, at the height of the recession, 10 executives at the state broadcaster split a bonus kitty worth $888,699.

The individual bonuses ranged from $4,300 at the bottom end to $165,090 at the top.

CBC refused to say who took home the $165,090 bonus at a time when CBC was cutting 800 jobs, selling assets and asking for more money from the government to make up for a budget shortfall.

Read the story.

CBC salaries disclosed... sort of ...

The CBC pays 730 staffers more than $100,000 in salary per year, but won't say who they are.

The CBC is also keeping mum about how much news anchor Peter Mansbridge and host George Stroumboulopoulos get paid.

"Their salary information is also protected in accordance with the federal Privacy Act," wrote Heritage Minister James Moore in response to written questions in the House of Commons.

The query came from a member of his own party.

"I am disappointed individuals who are on the public payroll ‹ and certainly these members of the CBC are - those salaries and expenses ought to be disclosed," said Brent Rathgeber, Conservative MP from Alberta.

Read the story.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Taxpayers dinged in Radio-Canada lawsuit ...

A simple apology would have saved taxpayers more than $1 million in legal fees and damages after Radio-Canada lost a defamation suit against a Quebec filmmaker in 2008. 

But instead of a public mea culpa, Radio-Canada racked up $1,074,515 in legal fees and $200,000 in moral damages fighting and losing the lawsuit, according to figures obtained by Montreal's La Presse newspaper.

Read the full story here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Spendthrift CBC's austerity junket ...

According to the late, great American beat poet Charles Bukowski, an infrequent visitor here, it's not the large things that send a man to the madhouse.

It's the smaller stuff.

It's "the shoelace that snaps with no time left." Or, in this case, it's the money-draining CBC, whining about cutbacks, yet nevertheless sending 14 of its executives to the upcoming Banff World Media Festival on the taxpayers' dime. That's madhouse territory.

That's the proverbial straw.

That's our shoelace snapping. What's even more maddening is CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson's argument that its Banff-bound contingent somehow represents the state broadcaster embracing austerity during these tough economic times since it would normally send upwards of 21 executives to this up-market schmoozer and boozer.

Spare us such nonsense.

Read the full story here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

CBC doubles down on pornography ...

In what kind of alternate reality universe is it OK for a government agency to use tax dollars to pay for pornography?

Apparently in the CBC’s world. 

In case you haven’t heard, CBC’s French division has been posting a pornographic television show on one of their websites free for all to see. Let me be clear about something: The one thing the Internet does not need more of is porn.

But some well-paid executive over at the state broadcaster not only disagreed and thought there needed to be more porn online, they used tax dollars, taken from your wallet, to pay for this.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

CBC 'cuts' a crying shame ...

One of the greatest dramas produced by the CBC is presently being played out in the liberal media, with much weeping and gnashing of teeth over job cuts to the state broadcaster.

Judging by the grief being expressed so openly on social media, the job losses brought about by last month's federal budget must number in the thousands.

Er .... nope. 

Try 256 this year; and 650 in total over three years.

While we could be off by a head or two, the CBC and its French sister, Radio-Canada, had that many reporters and technicians in media lockup for the aforementioned federal budget on March 29 while CTV, by comparison, had around a dozen.

In fact, CTV's Ottawa bureau chief Bob Fife made a point of showing us the vast difference in the body count between two national networks covering the same story -- one taxpayer-paid, the other a private enterprise.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

MP says CBC cuts too small ...

The CBC will be getting $115 million fewer tax dollars over the next three years, but that's not enough savings for some Tories.

"I lobbied hard for bigger cuts there," Conservative MP Larry Miller told Canada Live host Krista Erickson on Sun News Network.

"I was expecting a minimum of 10% cut a year and it's 10% over three years."

 As outlined in Thursday's federal budget, funding to the CBC will be trimmed by $27.8 million next year, $41.8 million in 2013-14 and by $45.4 million in 2014-15.

The amount totals roughly 3% per year for the next three years, or 10% in total.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Taxpayers dinged $1M in Radio-Canada lawsuit ...

A simple apology would have saved taxpayers more than $1 million in legal fees and damages after Radio-Canada lost a defamation suit against a Quebec filmmaker in 2008. 

But instead of a public mea culpa, Radio-Canada racked up $1,074,515 in legal fees and $200,000 in moral damages fighting and losing the lawsuit, according to figures obtained by Montreal's La Presse newspaper.

"We could have continued to let ourselves be attacked by Radio-Canada, or we could respond - we chose to respond, or at least ask for an apology, which they refused to do," filmmaker Claude Fournier said Monday in a phone interview about his decision to sue Mario Clement, former general manager of television programming at the French arm of the CBC.

 "If you imagine a public apology would have been enough, you realize the public purse could have saved over a million."

Read the full story here.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Former CBC executive battles with status-quo elites in tell-all book that’s a must-read

CBC is a left wing, anti-business, Toronto-centric broadcaster that doesn’t care about producing shows Canadians actually want to watch.

That’s not my verdict — although I may agree with it. That’s the assessment of Richard Stursberg, the former head of English services for both CBC television and radio. Stursberg has just released a tell-all book about his six years at the top of the CBC food chain and it doesn’t always paint a pretty picture.

Read the full story here.

Friday, May 04, 2012

CBC to cull rabbit-ear TV subscriptions ...

The recent federal slash to the CBC will begin affecting analogue (rabbit-ear) television subscribers throughout the Columbia Valley sooner rather than later.

 “This has been in the works for quite a while,” said CBC technician and Radium local Ron Verboom.

 “CBC has done studies and found that over 98 per cent of Canadians are able to receive CBC television via cable, satellite, and now Internet.

 Mr. Verboom has been a technician for CBC for almost 35 years and said he understands where the budget cuts are coming from. “Right now we have over 600 analogue transmission facilities across Canada. To keep all of those in operation for 1.7 per cent of Canadians seems like an awfully huge expense.”

 The move to cut CBC’s analogue transmission was decided long before the federal slash to the broadcaster’s budget, according to the technician.

Read the full story here.

PS - I guess our point is that if CBC knows it is "an awfully huge expense" ... why wait so long to get rid of that expense!!!!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

CBC raises stink over 88 pink slips

In 1970, the CBC slogan was "when you watch, watch the best."

 With a multi-channel universe viewers are doing that, but not as much at the state broadcaster that had its $1.2 billion taxpayer lifeline trimmed in last month's federal budget.

 But to hear the stink over 88 pink slips announced this week to its 9,432-person workforce at 27 regional offices and more than a dozen foreign bureaus (July 2010 CBC figures), one would think the CBC had live footage of the Titanic sinking, or it too had grazed an iceberg and was spinning to the bottom.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

CBC won't alter online music service in face of complaints from rivals ...

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will not change its online music service to satisfy private broadcasters who complain the taxpayer-financed site is unfair competition.

The CBC launched the free music site, CBCmusic.ca, in February, allowing users to listen to an endless stream of music over the Internet. Last week, a group of companies, including Stingray Digital and Quebecor Inc., filed a complaint with Heritage Minister James Moore and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, arguing that the public broadcaster overstepped its mandate when it launched the site.

The competitors offer similar services, but charge monthly access fees to subscribers. They are demanding that the CBC either close the site, begin charging for access, or change the site’s scope to play only Canadian artists, in keeping with its mission to promote Canadian content.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Funding Cuts Expose CBC Pension Ponzi ...

The Federal Government recently announced budget cuts to the CBC of $27.8 million this year increasing to $115 million by 2014-15. The CBC budget for 2011 was $1.1 billion.

 Teeth are being gnashed over the loss of staff and programming, but these cuts pale in comparison to the costs of propping up their pension ponzi scheme. How will it fund its current pension solvency deficit of $801 million (2010) up from $382 million the previous year?

Read the full story here.