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.

Friday, June 28, 2013

CBC Exposed - CBC’s unaccountability

CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix refuses to be accountable to Canadian taxpayers.

Click here to see the video!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

CBC Exposed - CBC should retract this piece of shoddy journalism

The opposition used what the Tories called a “false” news report Friday to accuse the Prime Minister’s Office of controlling a $1-million secret party slush fund and using it to pay off Sen. Mike Duffy’s ill-gotten housing expenses.

The Conservative Party, Tory MPs and the PMO categorically denied the existence of the stash the state-owned broadcaster said was administered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright.

“This is false. They (CBC) should retract this piece of shoddy journalism,” party spokesman Fred DeLorey said in a statement.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Threatened with a lawsuit by a CBC producer

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.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CBC is clearly on the wrong side of public opinion

A majority of Canadians - 64% - believe the CBC should not spend tax dollars to fight its legal battle with Canada's independent ombudsman, who investigates transparency complaints, according to a poll by the research firm Abacus Data.

"Sixty-four percent of Canadians say it is wrong, only 10% say it is right. I think on this issue, the CBC is clearly on the wrong side of public opinion," Dr. David Coletto, who leads Abacus Data's team of consultants and strategists, said.

Abacus conducted a series of online polls Aug. 12-15 and asked 1,003 people if it is right or wrong for the broadcaster to spend tax dollars on a court battle with the federal information commissioner.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

New CBC logo an insult to Canadians

Can you imagine a national broadcaster, paid for by the public, that didn’t want to use the country’s name at all?

I can, and you pay for it.

In case you haven’t heard, Radio-Canada, the French arm of the CBC, has announced it will rebrand itself “Ici.” If you aren’t fluent in French, let me translate that for you — they are calling themselves “Here.”

The truly big problem, though, for Canadian taxpayers is the French CBC will no longer use the word Canada in its name.

For 75 years, French Canadians have known Radio-Canada. My negative views towards the state broadcaster and their $1.1 billion per year subsidy are well known, but I would never deny they had a strong, well-known brand.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Every home outside of Quebec will be forced to carry the (CBC) French RDI

Canada's broadcast regulator has ordered that every home in Canada with cable or satellite TV continue paying for CBC's specialty news channels. The ruling came early Tuesday as part of the renewal of CBC's entire broadcast licence for five years.

Under the ruling, every cable or satellite subscriber will pay between 10 and 15 cents per month for CBC's news channels, either News Network or RDI depending on geographic location. This amount is in addition to the annual $1-billion taxpayer subsidy CBC receives.

Under this ruling every home in Quebec will receive the English News Network while every home outside of Quebec will be forced to carry the French RDI.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

CBC will be the only game in town after they shut down your local newspaper

CBC is no longer just a radio and TV broadcaster. They are turning themselves into a major media machine ready to take on one and all in the new digital age. And they are using your tax dollars to do it.

The newest target — your local newspaper.

Like every other newspaper group, Postmedia needs to figure out a way to deal with the fact that fewer people are buying newspapers, but people still want their local news and sports and weather.

So they have opted to move to digital subscriptions for their websites known as a paywall.

This is the same thing Sun Media is doing, The Globe and Mail is doing, the Toronto Star is doing.

To let the public know about this, Postmedia decided to try to run TV ads on local CBC stations in Edmonton, Windsor and Regina — cities where they have local papers and CBC has local TV.

Postmedia reporters and columnists appear on CBC news as commentators.

So why would they not allow these ads?

Because in the eyes of CBC, Postmedia’s websites compete with CBC and they can’t have that.

“We don’t run advertising to promote assets that we compete with directly and we have local sites in those markets that compete directly with (the local Postmedia sites).”

That’s part of their justification for picking your pocket and mine to get their billion-dollar-per-year subsidy. But now that billion-dollar subsidy is being used to take on an industry that CBC was never meant to be part of — newspapers.

CBC.ca is more than a website, it is a newspaper, magazine and wire service all in one and it is completely free.

Consumers may like getting their news for free, but if things don’t change, then CBC will be the only game in town after they shut down your local newspaper.

See the full story.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CBC Hurting for cash? Giveaways increase 550 per cent ...

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. spent a half-million dollars over the last four years on promotional giveaways for its employees and fans.

The costs have jumped considerably. In 2009, the broadcaster spent $20,802 on the items. Last year, it had increased 550 per cent to $135,278 (although that was $50,000 less than the broadcaster spent the year prior).

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CBC: reporting the facts – correctly – is not a key tenet of it's journalism

Last night, I was very disappointed in Peter Mansbridge. Well, really CBC’s The National program itself, which showed once again that reporting the facts–correctly–is not a key tenet of its taxpayer-funded journalism. 

It’s a significant problem for me that tailings ponds are growing, but I am pretty satisfied in the knowledge that producers are working on this problem and recognize it as a key priority area. What’s a bigger problem for me is that the CBC, a respected Canadian news organization, would so casually put forward such grossly misleading information on a critically important issue that has become largely about perception. Shame.

Read the full story.

Monday, June 17, 2013

NDP draws fire over CBC conflict of interest

One of the NDP's strongest advocates for the CBC is being paid tens of thousands of dollars a year by the state broadcaster while voting on the CBC's funding and debating its future.

Liberal and Conservative MPs now say NDP MP Andrew Cash should resign his position on the House of Commons heritage committee for violating conflict of interest rules.

On Sept. 26, 2011, Cash provided a commitment in writing to the House of Commons ethics commissioner and to the clerk of the House of Commons that he "shall not participate in debate or voting at the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage on matters to do with the CBC in which I have a private interest."

And yet, within a month of making that commitment - and on several occasions since - Cash has not only debated CBC matters, he participated in votes on CBC's funding.

Read the full story.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Heritage Minister James Moore challenges CBC boss Hubert Lacroix

Heritage Minister James Moore personally called the CBC's top boss Thursday to challenge him over the French-language service's decision to drop "Canada" from its name.

Radio-Canada announced this week it would rename itself 'Ici' — or 'Here' in French.

The design and selection of the new Canada-free name by the state broadcaster cost taxpayers $400,000.

And Bloc Quebecois leader Daniel Paille questioned the Crown corporation's decision to drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on the rebranding when it was fretting over recent budget belt-tightening.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

CBC pays $56,000 of taxpayer money to find out what their own employees think about CBC!

It cost taxpayers more than $56,000 for the CBC to survey its own employees and so-called opinion leaders last winter to measure their feelings about the state broadcaster.

Documents obtained through an access to information request show the CBC signed a sole-sourced contract with Phoenix Strategic Partners to conduct the online surveys between November and December 2011.

The CBC asked Phoenix to assemble a panel of 2,000 “stakeholders” from across Canada, but to include more francophone panellists than the pollster used in a similar survey a year earlier.

Survey results among CBC employees were not publicly available.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

CBC's boss must think we're fools

Apparently, the outrage caused over the CBC’s plan to ditch the word Canada in the rebranding of its French-language service as “Ici” (Here) was entirely our fault. You and me. The unwashed public.

According to Mother Corp.’s president, Hubert Lacroix, the public broadcaster never intended to expunge reference to Canada from its name.

No, no, he insisted in an “apology” Monday that was neither abject nor sincere, the problem was all in the ear of the hearer or the eye of the viewer. Anyone who worried that Radio-Canada was out and “Ici” was in was simply “confused.” Mostly, Lacroix seemed sorry so many Canadians were idiots.

Despite an elaborate rollout campaign, including high-priced ads showing hip, young CBC employees erasing the French-language services’ old names for its radio, television, canned music and digital news services and replacing them with “Ici,” Lacroix was adamant that CBC — which receives $1.1 billion a year from Canadian taxpayers — was always going to keep “Canada” on its letterhead and business cards.

It’s amazing what fools Lacroix must imagine we all are to fall for his disingenuous explanation.

Read the full story.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp's botched rebranding effort

What's neither “here” nor “there” and costs almost $500,000?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp's botched rebranding effort for its French language service.

The CBC will not change the name of Radio Canada to “Ici” -- which translates into "here" in English -- after all, despite spending $400,000 on the notion.

With taxpayers ponying up more than $1 billion a year to fund the corporation, most critics said that the word “Canada” needed to stay in the name.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CBC’s French service name change to ‘Ici’ raises eyebrows in Ottawa

The CBC is rebranding its French-language service in a move that will see two iconic words – “Radio-Canada” – largely fade away from the country’s media landscape.

Instead of using the long-standing label as its main calling card, the CBC’s many French-language platforms will all be renamed “Ici” – meaning “here” – throughout all channels and websites.

The CBC is arguing that the changes will affect its visual presence on television and the Internet mostly, to modernize the brand in a changing media landscape. Still, the disappearance of “Canada” from the Crown corporation’s main identifier did not go unnoticed in Ottawa, where Heritage Minister James Moore called on the CBC’s board and management to explain the change.

Read the full story.

Bill would force CBC to reveal more info about spending

The CBC remains opaque even as a bill aiming to make it more transparent weaves its way through Parliament.

The publicly funded broadcaster has a poor track record of disclosing information and a nasty habit of hiding behind one clause of the Access to Information Act that allows it to withhold info it feels would compromise its journalistic integrity, creativity or programming activities.

Tory MP Brent Rathgeber believes the broadcaster abuses that clause and his private member's bill C-461 aims to change that.

Read the full story.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A new and unseemly arrogance at CBC

Maybe the CBC isn’t so desperate for money, after all.

On Tuesday, the public broadcaster received permission to run ads on its Radio 2 and French-language Espace Musique services, an enormously controversial move projected to bring in $6-million to $10-million a year. The CBC told the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as part of a licence renewal hearing, that it needed to find alternative sources of funds in the face of another $150-million cut to its federal subsidy.

Loyal listeners and competing broadcasters lined up to attack the move, but CBC president Hubert Lacroix insisted it was necessary to fulfill the vision outlined in its five-year plan known as Strategy 2015.

After years of being pushed to act more like a private broadcaster, maybe CBC is just doing what its critics suggested: sharpening its elbows and guarding its turf. Except that the National Post story noted the ads are still running on stations owned by BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., even though both of those companies operate online news operations that compete with Postmedia.

In fact, CBC has run ads for other broadcasters, including spots this year for Global TV’s broadcast of the Grammys.

The move is part of a new and unseemly arrogance at CBC.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

New libel lawsuit launched against the CBC

Senator Pana Merchant and her husband, lawyer Tony Merchant, have launched a libel lawsuit against the CBC.

A statement of claim filed in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench involves a CBC story that said Tony Merchant had put $1.7 million into offshore tax havens. A television story entitled “Merchant of Secrecy” was followed by similar radio and Internet reports.

The Merchants say the stories left the impression that they broke the law.

“These defendants’ allegations in their April 3 video story and other stories were untrue and misleading, internally inconsistent, and incorrect on facts and law, all of which were intended to convey … that the (Merchants) had committed or were involved in unlawful conduct,” said the statement of claim.

The claim also names two CBC reporters and a journalist with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington, D.C. — the organization which leaked detailed financial information about thousands of people from around the world.

The head of media relations for the CBC, Chuck Thompson, said Wednesday that the broadcaster is taking the situation under review.

Read the full story.

CBC warns budget bill could lead to lawsuits

CBC warns of lawsuit over efforts to control salary negotiations.

The CBC is warning the federal government that its efforts to control salary negotiations at the Crown agency could be at odds with the Broadcasting Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, leading to litigation.

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. chief executive Hubert Lacroix sent a letter to the Commons finance committee Wednesday, pleading for an amendment to the budget implementation bill to ensure the broadcaster’s independence.

But when Liberal MP Scott Brison read parts of the letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, the minister stiffly dismissed any possibility of changes to the bill.

“The CBC may think it is a special, independent, Crown agency. This is wrong,” Mr. Flaherty said.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Bill to force the CBC to be more open with Access to Information requests could face amendments

A Conservative private member's bill to publicize the salaries of civil service honchos and CBC bigwigs, as well as force the CBC to be more open with Access to Information requests could soon face several Harper government amendments. Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber fears his bill will be badly hobbled, likely Tuesday.

"I am not hopeful," Rathgebert told QMI Agency.

He says the government wants his bill's "sunshine list" to cover only federal civil servants and CBC employees with annual salaries and bonuses worth around $444,000 - more than the prime minister makes and 10 times the average salary in Canada.

Rathgeber wants the list to apply to anyone making at least $188,000 a year.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

CBC decries proposed access to information changes ...

The CBC is warning that a private member’s bill requiring the broadcaster to disclose more information about its investigative journalism, sources and business strategies will hamper its ability to break stories and could lead to court.

Bill C-461 would change the scope of information the CBC would have to disclose under the Access to Information Act, allowing the broadcaster to deny requests only if they compromise the “independence” of the CBC. As it is, the crown corporation–and biggest news operation in the country–can refuse ATIP requests that would threaten the company’s journalistic practices. The act also allows the CBC to deny information dealing with its programming and creative activities.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

CBC DEFENDS AIRING UNSUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATION

CBC DEFENDS AIRING UNSUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATION CLAIMING ISRAEL USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

We recently alerted you to how CBC Radio’s “Information Morning Fredericton” program elected to air an unsubstantiated allegation by anti-Israel activist Tracy Glynn claiming Israel intentionally used chemical weapons on Palestinian children in Gaza in the 2008-09 war with Hamas.

As we pointed out in our alert: “… mentioning ‘chemical weapons’ that Gazan children ‘survived’ certainly conjures up images of Sarin, Mustard Gas, VX and other nerve agents. These are the very same charges that the Syrian government stands accused of in its civil war with rebel forces and vice versa. The alleged use of these weapons is regarded as crossing U.S. President Barack Obama’s self-imposed red line which may prompt a U.S. or coalition military intervention in Syria.”

Glynn’s statement was tantamount to accusing Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity on innocent Palestinian children. These were incredibly serious unfounded charges that came from a pre-recorded comment. CBC journalists heard this comment before it went to air and chose to broadcast it over CBC airwaves. As such, we pointed out that CBC must take responsibility for this inflammatory and unfounded allegation it gave a platform to and apologize to its listeners.

Read the full story.