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, August 30, 2013

The CBC supposedly exists to tell Canadians their story

The CBC supposedly exists to tell Canadians their story in ways for-profit networks would not. But the state broadcaster is anything but an old-style, non-commercial public radio and television company. Its tentacles now extend everywhere in the media universe except perhaps print, and it uses its huge public subsidy to compete unfairly in countless areas where the government has no excuse for intruding.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

At CBC some expenses are never questioned

It never ceases to amaze me how big corporations can be so oblivious to what is happening on the streets just outside their fancy headquarters.

So why are we surprised to learn that the CBC is sending twice as many people to a TV and media festival in Banff than any other Canadian network? That’s the way the CBC works. Some will go as a form of bonus or reward. Others will go to raise the CBC flag. A few will even go to Banff to do some valuable work. Heck, at the CBC they probably think they are saving money because they are likely sending fewer people than they sent in the past. While the profligacy boggles our minds, the CBC brass will be truly surprised by the mild uproar. It’s how they have always done their business. What’s new?

For years I traveled to conferences, markets and conventions all over the world. A few when I was with CTV, a few more at CBC, and regularly when I helped run a private company that produced television programs. Several things became obvious to me on my travels: first of course, was that CBC always had the largest contingent of any of the Canadian broadcasters or producers, most of whom were there for reasons that I, as a participant, could not fathom. For years I traveled to conferences, markets and conventions all over the world. A few when I was with CTV, a few more at CBC, and regularly when I helped run a private company that produced television programs. Several things became obvious to me on my travels: first of course, was that CBC always had the largest contingent of any of the Canadian broadcasters or producers, most of whom were there for reasons that I, as a participant, could not fathom.

In all my years at Global and CTV I do not remember even one study bought and paid for by the broadcaster. That’s what they paid their execs to do: make decisions based on experience and intelligence. Yet to Stursberg it is normal. He sees it as part of his job. He never once puts two-and-two together to come up with the possibility of saving money for programming by shutting down the useless studies he is commissioning. To be fair, the CBC has been doing studies since long before Stursberg showed up. When I was at CBC local news we received the results of a study that said the viewers wanted more international news. There was another study that said The National should be moved to seven p.m. Yet another study told us that our viewers were slightly older than those of CTV, Global and CityTV. All of this was “cover-your-ass” information. It meant CBC bosses could say decisions were not based on their ideas, a study said they should do what they did.

At CBC some expenses are never questioned.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CBC: Failure at the top

Thank you very much Hubert Lacroix!

From the performance I have seen over the past week from CBC brass I find it near impossible not to believe that Lacroix, Kirsten Stewart and French V.P. Louis Lalonde appear to be far more interested in keeping their jobs by making the government like them, than they seem to care about the future of the CBC. It’s too bad really, just when the CBC needs strong leadership most, it becomes obvious that the folks running the corporation are petty bureaucrats whose only interest is self-preservation. Past CBC presidents have resigned their posts over far less.

As far as the actual cuts are concerned, there is little specific information available at this time. Lacroix and his hench-people promised more information soon. What is clear is that $43 million is going to be cut from English programming. Kirsten Stewart refuses to say, at this time, whether that will come from entertainment, sports, or news. We do know that the doc unit is gone, at least as far as making documentaries is concerned. CBC will basically become a buyer of docs in the future. We were also told that 10% of managers will be cut. We were not told whether this referred to salary or numbers. CBC is still massively over managed. Few managers have been cut over the years. I, and almost anyone who has ever worked for more than one network in Canada, am amazed that CBC honchos can’t cut far more from management to protect programming and the people who actually make the shows. Lacroix estimates that 81% of the cuts will come from the networks (French and English) and 19% from the regions.

All-in-all a sad time for the national broadcaster: unloved by government and un-led by it’s bosses.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Without hockey, the CBC would lose as much as $175-million annual advertising revenue

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has one month to lock down the broadcast rights to Hockey Night in Canada for another decade. But with the asking price expected to double to $200-million a season, the country’s public broadcaster could be hard pressed to keep its 60-year lock on Saturday night hockey.

The stakes are high for the public broadcaster, which relies on the Saturday broadcast to promote the rest of its schedule. Without hockey, the CBC would lose as much as $175-million from its $450-million of annual advertising revenue. 

But finding potentially another $100-million a year is a challenge at time when its annual budget is in decline – the federal government said last year the CBC would need to cut $115-million within three years as part of broader spending cuts. It has already made drastic changes such as cutting hundreds of employees from its staff, closing services and introducing advertising on its CBC Radio 2 network.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Parasitic sensationalists should not be allowed to reap personal benefit from their irresponsible actions

Ontario Supreme Court
Richard G. Dearden and Alan P. Gardner, for plaintiff.
M. Philip Tunley and David E. Leonard, for defendants.
CUNNINGHAM J.:—

INTRODUCTION

[1] On February 27, 1996, the CBC aired a one-hour documentary on the fifth estate called “The Heart of the Matter.” This story dealt with a controversial heart medication known as nifedipine, a product which had been on the Canadian market since 1981. By the early 1990s, a longer acting, slow-release formulation of nifedipine had been developed and introduced to the Canadian market. By the time of broadcast the older version of nifedipine was rarely being used. In March 1995, Dr. Bruce Psaty, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington produced an abstract of a case control study which seemed to suggest that nifedipine, in its short-acting formulation, rather than helping heart patients, might be endangering their lives.

[219] In light of the defendants’ reprehensible conduct towards this plaintiff, I have concluded that a message must be sent to the defendants. Parasitic sensationalists should not be allowed to prey upon society’s obsession with scandal and to reap personal benefit from their irresponsible actions. The malicious, offensive, cruel and insensitive conduct on the part of the defendants from the very beginning was such that I have little hesitation, on the facts of this case, in concluding that punitive damages are warranted.

(vii) Summary of Damages

[220] The plaintiff is entitled to general damages of $400,000, aggravated damages of $350,000 and punitive damages of $200,000. Accordingly, he will have judgment for $950,000, together with prejudgment interest in accordance with the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43.

Read the full ruling here.

Friday, August 23, 2013

CBC president talking litigation to federal government ...

CBC's president is vowing to fight a bill that would make the state broadcaster more accountable to taxpayers on how its $1 billion per year subsidy is spent.

In a memo to all CBC staff, Hubert Lacroix said he has pressed government officials for an amendment to exempt CBC from the new rules.

"This could potentially embroil the government, CBC/Radio-Canada and its unions in litigation - not necessarily added value to Canadians," Lacroix wrote in the memo.

The finance minister noted that CBC receives plenty of taxpayers' money each year and they must be accountable for what they pay their employees and executives.

Read the full story.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Media Companies Form Coalition in Hopes of Shutting Down CBC

As if the CBC didn't already have enough to deal with in light of the recent budget cuts, the organization has now come under fire from a coalition of media companies who have taken exception to its recently launched CBC Music streaming service and aim to shut it down.

The Globe and Mail reports that this group includes major financial players such as Jim Pattison Group, Golden West Radio, Cogeco Cable Inc., Quebecor Inc. and Stingray Digital. Other companies like Rogers Communications Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc. are also expected to join to coalition soon.

These organizations don't support CBC Music's free streaming service, which includes 40 web-based radio stations, plus live concerts, playlists and on-demand music from a host of artists. According to the members of the coalition, the CBC is taking listeners away from their own private radio stations and for-pay websites. They reportedly claim that the public broadcaster should not, under its mandate, compete with private companies for online music dominance. 

The coalition will likely file a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ideas For Cutting CBC Budget

My solution is for the CBC to cancel 85% of its "original" programming. After reviewing the top 30 Canadian TV ratings for each week of 2011, the only CBC shows to make the list consistently are Hockey Night in Canada and Dragon's Den. The Rick Mercer Report showed up a few times, and Heartland cracked the bottom of the list twice. American syndicated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy get better ratings on the CBC than almost everything else they air!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Just who is the winner in partnership between Yellow Pages and CBC

In a press release dated August 20, 2013 in Market Watch it was announced that Yellow Pages Group and Canada's national public broadcaster (CBC) have extended an existing collaboration to provide CBC.ca users with local business listings and information.

But we have to wonder at the wisdom of this partnership. Internet technology is advancing at a phenomenal pace and one company that that is pushing the limits is the biggest search engine for local business and that giant is Google.

IT World recently published an article relating to the giant of search engines. Try searching in google for "coffee spots near me" or "coffee spots in Ottawa".  A small Google maps window will show up showing you where those shops are ... and how to get to them.  It's pretty simple for the average person to find what they want immediately when it comes to local business listings and information.

Another website ("SeeBest-web-design") had an excellent article called "Effective Business advertising: Four obsolete Marketing Methods in the Digital Age". I won't go into the whole article but one paragraph caught my eye: "While many yellow page directory services have created online versions to go along with the printed book, these are equally as ineffective. No one uses business directories to locate information on products or services, preferring instead to directly search for information on a search engine such as Google or Bing, or via social search in Facebook. Due to the high cost of advertising in yellow page and directory services, and the dwindling number of people looking to them for answers, the Yellow Pages are obsolete when it comes to advertising your business."

So there you have it. In my opinion I guess the winner would be Yellow Pages as they get cash and the losers would be the taxpayers of Canada who pay almost $100,000,000 a month to the coffers of the CBC.

Just another example of waste.

Monday, August 19, 2013

CBC Music losing millions

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will lose millions of dollars a year on its free music service for the foreseeable future, as the high cost of content surpasses the advertising revenue the service earns.

CBC Music was launched in February just as the broadcaster was bracing for deep budget cuts that would lead to the loss of 650 jobs and prompt the CBC to request permission to sell advertising on its Radio 2 service.

Read the full story.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Two Doctors, the CBC and a Judgement

On Feb. 27, 1996, Dr. Martin Myers, a respected cardiologist at Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital, sat down to watch TV. He thought he was going to see a program in which he had taken part about the pharmaceutical industry. As an expert in heart drugs, he had given an interview to explain a complicated medical debate over a drug used to treat high blood pressure.

What he saw was a sensational exposé about killer drugs, kickback schemes and secret files. The tease for the program was a voice clip that said, "People are dying, people who don't need to die are dying."

To his shock, the program went on to insinuate that he had helped Canada's Health Protection Branch cover up a major scandal involving tens of thousands of deaths. It implied that he was knowingly helping a drug manufacturer push a dangerous medication.

Dr. Myers asked for an apology plus $25,000.

The CBC decided to fight.

A very expensive decision. Last November, a judge awarded Dr. Myers a hefty $200,000, plus interest and costs.
Read the full story.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

CBC report on 38,000 robocall complaints - a clear and obvious lie?

CBC reported that there were 38,000 robocall complaints to Elections Canada, a clear and obvious lie. 

Why did they do that?

Are they actually that incompetent that they beleived that in one month a year after the election there were 38,000 legitimate complaints, or are they actually that blatantly biased? Or both?

The LeadNow website that produced the so called complaints could be accessed by anyone in the world as many times as they wanted, and a multiple complaints produced by simply clicking one button multiple times.

It is not reasonable to believe that the CBC actually thought those were legitimate complaints, which is born out when the backtracked later.

All the CBC does is tell lie after lie to Canadians.”

Read the actual story.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CBC TV has finally lost its standing as an important Canadian institution

The CBC move to become ultra-light in an effort to woo younger viewers and boost its ratings has been a dismal failure. The age of the average CBC audience has not declined appreciably. The audience numbers have not risen, especially in comparison to the gains made by CTV and Global since the rating system was changed. Shows like Little Mosque on the Prairie and Insecurity have served to turn loyal CBC viewers away from the network. The National’s weak efforts since it was revamped have served to cut anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the CBC News audience. The dismal treatment of current affairs mainstays like The 5th Estate and Marketplace have eroded both their numbers and their positive affect on how we view the work and importance of CBC TV.

CBC TV, it seems, has finally lost its standing as an important Canadian institution. Twenty-five years of budget cuts and six years of management dumbing down the content have worked their magic to make CBC TV just another station, and an unpopular one at that. The fact that the CBC costs Canadians a billion dollars per year only serves to make citizens care more about the money and less about what the network has to offer.

Stephen Harper will not have to sell off the CBC, he won’t even have to do anything drastic. All he has to do is stand aside and let the CBC drift further and further into irrelevancy.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CBC competes directly with private broadcasters in some areas

Recently I’ve been thinking about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and how it spends the billion dollars a year it gets from the Canadian taxpayer.

It annoys me a bit that the CBC competes directly with private broadcasters in some areas. Particularly areas where the private sector does a better job.

Like local news. In Montreal, the market leader among anglophones is CTV’s CFCF. It kills in the ratings. It has more hours of original local news than its competitors combined. It has more journalists, and more of its news is local.

So why is CBC trying to compete? More importantly, why is the CBC trying to compete by doing the same thing?

What if the funds that went into the CBC were instead transferred to the Canada Media Fund, which helps fund television series no matter what network they air on? What if we focused our money more on creating better Canadian television series, ones Canadians actually wanted to watch? What if we got rid of the overhead and gave all that money directly to the people who actually produce Canadian television programming?

And what if, instead of a network that carries the CBC network to distant communities, infrastructure was used to bring both private and public Canadian programming to them? What if CBC’s production facilities were made available to ordinary Canadians to make their own television, which could then be uploaded to YouTube or the CBC’s website for people to see?

Read the full story.

Monday, August 12, 2013

CBC viewership is down 40% over the last two years

There’s no surprise CBC TV viewers went missing in action during last fall’s NHL lockout.

But now there’s debate over the pubcaster’s actual audience decline after Barry Kiefl’s media trends blog this week indicated that, based on the CBC’s own data, viewership is down 40% over the last two years.

Kiefl said CBC TV’s primetime share was 5.3% at the mid-point of the 2012-13 TV season, down sharply from a 9.3% share in 2010-11.

Even with the loss of live TV hockey on Saturday nights through fall 2012, the CBC said its primetime audience was only down 21%.

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Friday, August 09, 2013

Canadians prefer Duck Dynasty to most CBC shows

CBC TV has an audience crisis, according to the most recent data released by CBC. CBC is required by the government to report on its financial and audience performance on a quarterly basis.

The CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels. Those who deny the crisis fail to realize that Canadians prefer Duck Dynasty to most CBC shows, including the national news.

Read the full story.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

"The CBC may think it is a special, independent, Crown agency. This is wrong"

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 today, 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," Flaherty said.

"All Crown agencies have a responsibility through ministers, back to Parliament, to the people of Canada. They can't do whatever they want, particularly with taxpayers money. They can't just go off and pay their executives and pay everybody else whatever they want to pay them."

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

CBC botched rebranding effort despite spending $400,000 on the notion

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.

“We apologize for the confusion that was created in people’s minds when we introduced the term ICI as a common denominator for all of our platforms. Our intention was never to distance ourselves from Radio-Canada and everything it represents,” said CBC Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix in a statement on CBC's website.

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

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

CBC expected to 'break even' in broadcast of 2014, 2016 Olympics

Despite the fierce competition for the rights to broadcast the Olympic Games, it turns out the spectacular event is not a guaranteed money-maker.

"I expect the CBC will break even," said sports-marketing expert Howard Bloom.

While neither the CBC nor the International Olympic Committee have disclosed the price tag for those broadcast rights, some estimates have put it between $95 and $110 million ...

Coverage will also mean huge production costs for the CBC.

"The problem isn't that there's less demand for sports or entertainment," said Lee. "It's that with things like social media - YouTube - people get it for free."

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Documentary on the biases of the CBC

Over the years, I have become increasingly alienated from the CBC’s radio and television networks. On almost any issue, I can tell you where the CBC stands.

Rather than just being angry, I decided to make a documentary on the biases of the CBC — and in this case bias against Israel and bias against conservatives.

To be honest, I could have made this film about a whole bunch of other problems at the CBC — its Toronto-centricity, its anti-Americanism, its support for environmental lunacy, and so on and so forth. Bias against Israel and bias against conservatives are personal — so I ran with those two concepts.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013

CBC defamatory libel suit without precedent in the annals of Canadian legal history

A court showdown between Manitoba fashion mogul Peter Nygard and the CBC is one step closer to reality after a judge issued court summons this week for the national broadcaster and three of its journalists.

The CBC, Fifth Estate host Bob McKeown, and producers Timothy Sawa and Morris Karp have been summoned to appear in Winnipeg court Wednesday on charges of defamatory libel.

“Defamatory libel is an unusual charge to begin with … but a defamatory libel prosecution against our national broadcasting corporation and two producers and a commentator is really without precedent in the annals of Canadian legal history,” Nygard’s lawyer Jay Prober said Friday.

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