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, April 30, 2014

CBC president Hubert Lacroix failed

With fears mounting of sharp staff cuts and a hefty budget shortfall at the CBC, at least one critic is questioning whether the public broadcaster could have done more to avert its financial woes.

Arms-length watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting made the charge in advance of a townhall meeting set for Thursday, where CBC president Hubert Lacroix was to brief employees on “financial pressures” that lie ahead.

Watchdog spokesman Ian Morrison grumbled Wednesday that the public broadcaster has long known reduced federal funds, a softening advertising market, the expense of the Sochi Olympics and the potential loss of hockey broadcast rights could put them in a tough spot for the 2014-2015 budget.

Morrison took greater issue with Lacroix, who he considers “a patronage appointment” who failed to come up with a clear vision for CBC’s future.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CBC president Hubert Lacroix sends ominous note

An internal memo to CBC employees warns of "dark clouds on the horizon" for the state broadcaster.

CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix sent the ominous note last Friday.

"On Monday, I informed the board that we are projecting significant financial challenges," Lacroix told staffers.

He warned that a weak advertising market, low TV ratings among 25-54-year-olds and the loss of the NHL contract "have combined to create an important revenue shortfall for the whole of CBC/Radio-Canada."

Despite receiving more than $1 billion from taxpayers, Lacroix says that's not enough.

Read the full story.

Monday, April 28, 2014

CBC president Hubert Lacroix: network to cover fewer sports

The NHL's new 12-year, multi-billion dollar television rights deal with Rogers made it obvious that the public broadcaster no longer has the means to compete with private interests in the high-stakes game of professional sports.

Although we're guaranteed to keep watching puck on the network for at least four more years as per the new Rogers deal, the loss of those broadcasting rights was guaranteed to change the face of the CBC.

In addition to no longer competing for pro sports broadcasting rights, CBC president Hubert Lacroix said the network "will also cover fewer events and fewer sports. In addition, our involvement in amateur sports will be reduced. We will only broadcast events that allow us to break even."

The CBC's mandate specifically states that it should "contribute to shared national consciousness and identity." With more sports set to disappear, a Canadian identity that is already so hard to define will be receiving fewer contributions from our public broadcaster.

Read the full story.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Your tax dollars paying for CBC anti-Israel bias

The CBC's Neil MacDonald doesn't like Israel.

He has every right to his opinion.

But the tax-funded Canadian Broadcast Corporation employs the least talented of the MacDonald brothers as a journalist, not as a pundit to pontificate about his inane biases against the middle east's only liberal democracy.

However that is what he has done time and time again.

But what MacDonald is currently doing has no business being paid for out of Canadian taxes.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

CBC to cut 8 per cent of staff

CBC announced it will cut eight per cent of its staff over the next two years as it grapples with a budget shortfall of $130 million. It also said it will reduce its sport coverage, saying it can no longer compete against private broadcasters with specialty sports channels and multiple media platforms for professional sporting rights.

At an employee town hall on Thursday, CBC president Hubert Lacroix said the public broadcaster will cut 657 jobs, of which approximately 312 will be in French Services. 

In English Services, 334 jobs will be cut—234 at the network level and another 100 regionally. News operations will account for 115 of the cuts in English Services and another 38 in sports.

Currently, CBC has 6,994 permanent employees, 859 contract employees and 329 temporary employees, so these cuts represent nearly eight per cent of all its staff. Of those 657 job cuts announced Thursday, 573 will be let go in 2014.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can CBC reinvent itself

When he announced last week that the CBC would be laying off 650 employees (about 8% of its 8,000-person workforce) and giving up on professional sports, Mother Corp president Hubert Lacroix said the state broadcaster would henceforth be “doing fewer things better.” 

Lacroix added that the $1-billion, tax-funded, propaganda arm of the lib-left establishment would begin a “process of reinventing” itself in a “media landscape [that] is transforming at an astounding speed.”

That assumes the CBC understands how to reinvent itself.

To begin with, the CBC has to get over three myths it constantly tells itself.

Read the whole story.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CBC’s Peter Mansbridgen being sponsored?

Besides giving huge donations to political parties like the BC Liberals is Postmedia via the Calgary Herald now lining the pockets of CBC journos like Peter Mansbridge?

I put a question mark there because Mansbridge claims he donates some of his speeches to charity although no proof has been given.

This isn't the first example of the Canadian media’s incestuous world – CBC and Postmedia have had a very cosy biz relationship in the past.

Read the full story.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Time to pull the plug on CBC

In democracies there is always tension between the “good ideas” that government has for spending taxpayers’ monies and taxpayers’ desire to spend it themselves.

And increasingly nationally financed broadcasters such as PBS in the United States and CBC in Canada are questioned regarding value received for value expended.

Essentially, there are multiple reasons that public broadcasting is irrelevant: philosophical, professional, and political.

Philosophically, public broadcasting uses taxpayer money to compete with private industry, often for the same product.

Professionally, it may be unpleasant — even cruel — to say, but U.S. and Canadian public broadcasting isn’t very good.

Politically, one must also recognize that CBC/PBS is an aviary for those flying on two left wings. While professing to be nonpartisan, they simply are not.

Read the full story.

Friday, April 18, 2014

CBC lost their way years ago

No one can say they didn't see it coming. The writing has been on the wall at the CBC for quite some time. 

Last Thursday, state broadcaster CEO Hubert Lacroix announced 657 positions were being cut.

For a long time, the network was known as the place for hockey, The Simpsons reruns and Coronation Street.  And this is a public broadcaster?!

Their existential crisis isn't just starting -- they lost their way years ago.

The loss of hockey is only going to compound the challenges.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CBC needs radical surgery to survive

The future of the CBC is one of those discussions that both unites and divides Canadians: we love to argue about it, but never reach a conclusion. Over the years it has become distilled enough that it can be debated in shorthand, reduced as it is to a few pointed questions: Should the CBC continue to exist, or not?

The suggestions are many. Turn it into a northern version of the United States’ PBS, forever holding on-air telethons begging for donations. Transform it into a subscription service peddling its wares to cable and satellite customers. End subsidies to commercial broadcasters and give them to the CBC while banning it from selling ads. Slash the budget further and focus on those few remote regions that are unable to pick up other services.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hubert Lacroix suggests new CBC tax

The head of the CBC is floating the idea of taking a percentage of every cable or satellite bill in Canada as a way to get the state broadcaster more money.

The comments came during a town hall meeting last week where CBC president Hubert Lacroix was discussing plans for 657 job cuts and changes in the wake of CBC’s loss of NHL hockey broadcasts.

During a question and answer session, Lacroix suggested a CBC tax similar to that in Britain. The BBC is funded through a fee on every television in Britain, and in Lacroix’s mind that money should come from cable and satellite companies, known in the industry as BDUs.

Heritage Minister Shelley Glover’s office threw cold water on the concept.

The CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds. They can operate within their existing budget,” Marisa Monnin said. “According to the CBC, it is declining viewership that is causing their challenges. It is up to the CBC to provide programming that Canadians actually want to watch.”

Read the full story.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Open Letter to CBC's Peter Mansbridge

Dear Peter Mansbridge:

I couldn’t sleep last night. And it is your fault.

The last thing I watched before I went to bed was The National’s new health panel. And it left me we a deep feeling of despair. I couldn’t shake the sensation that we are slipping into some kind of bizarre all-knowledge-is-relative Dark Age.

The panel has three “experts”, including the terrific and science-based Danielle Martin and Ali Zentner. The third is Bryce Wylde, a self-described homeopathic doctor (he has a diploma from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine) and advocate for, among a host of other scientifically unproven therapies, “natural health” and supplementation.

Now, I don’t know Wylde. He seems like a nice, engaging individual – particularly when he is on Dr. Oz talking about how he “travels the globe in search of Mother Nature’s fountain of youth”. He does th is with a mixture of scientific-sounding babble (“vasodilate blood to the brain”?) and everything-natural-is-good boyish enthusiasm. He is, no doubt about it, entertaining.

But including an advocate of homeopathic medicine – one of the most derided and scientifically preposterous of alternative therapies – on a national and highly respected TV news program as a “medical expert” and legitimate source of evidence-based health information is simply wrong. He wasn’t presented as an outsider. His views were not cast as extreme and scientifically questionable. And this was not Dr. Oz, Oprah or an infomercial.

The CBC decision is particularly frustrating given that there are so many wonderful, science-based health scholars in Canada, including many who explore the issues associated with and evidence surrounding alternative therapies (such as Drs. Heather Boon at the University of Toronto and Sunita Vohra at the University of Alberta).

Read the full letter.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CBC loses primary cash cow, cuts 657 jobs

CBC/Radio-Canada will cut 657 full-time positions to confront a $130-million budgetary shortfall for the 2014-15 broadcast year, stemming from the loss of hockey and lower than expected ratings for its current television season. It will also alter its approach to sports coverage.

 “As of today, CBC and Radio Canada is out of the business of competing with the private (broadcasters) for professional sports,” Hubert Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, said Thursday in a corporate-wide town hall with employees.

Last November, CBC also lost its primary cash cow when Rogers Media nabbed the rights to NHL games for the next 12 seasons. Under a sub-licence deal with Rogers, CBC will continue to air Saturday night hockey on its main network. But while it will not pay anything for rights to that programming – more than 300 hours over the course of the season and the Stanley Cup playoffs – it is footing the bill for some of the production costs, including staff time.

Read the full story.

Hubert Lacroix could announce 600 layoffs

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation could be facing layoffs in the range of 600 positions as it grapples with a financial shortfall of $130-million to $150-million, according to a lobby group that watches the national broadcaster closely.

The CBC will hold an all-employee meeting Thursday and Ian Morrison, spokesman for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, said Wednesday specific details of the announcement “remain fluid” but that he expects it to be in line with those numbers based on conversations with multiple senior-level sources inside the broadcaster.

The lobby group predicted the sports division “will be gutted” and that cuts will affect both English and French services with the English division likely to be hit about twice as hard.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Interesting CBC Facts

This report is something I saw that I found very interesting.  I hope you will as well.  Why do we give the CBC over $1 Billion of our tax dollars EVERY year?

These are excerpts from a statistical profile of CBC/Radio-Canada.  Based on data released by the CRTC for the 2010 and 2011 broadcast fiscal years, and data released by CBC/Radio-Canada


  • In the 50 years since 1962, the Parliamentary operating appropriations actually received by CBC/Radio-Canada totaled $31.4 billion. Using 1962 as the base year, the total amount by which the CBC/Radio-Canada Parliamentary operating appropriations exceeded inflation from 1963 to 2012 was $16.9 billion.
  • when spending on sports is excluded, private conventional television broadcasters spend more on Canadian programs than does CBC/Radio-Canada
  • CBC English conventional television got 57.7 per cent of its total viewing from sports and foreign programs, with the entire balance of the schedule accounting for only 42.3 per cent of its viewing.
  • Across conventional television, private conventional TV delivers higher viewing to Canadian programs than does CBC/Radio-Canada conventional TV. 

  • The 1974 CRTC hearings on CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewals led to the elimination of commercials on CBC/Radio Canada radio services.  They also saw an interesting exchange between CRTC Chairman Pierre Juneau and CBC/Radio Canada President Laurent Picard, during a discussion about CBC English
    conventional television. As reported in The Toronto Star:

    • This was the point at which Juneau crossed Picard’s path. If the CBC did not now exist, would Picard recommend that it be created in its present form? For the first time, Picard paused. “No,” he answered, “I would recommend that it be created as a purely public network".

    Prepared for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters  October 5, 2012

    Read the full report here.

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    CBC President Hubert Lacroix to announce deep cuts

    The face of Canada’s national broadcaster sans hockey will begin to come into focus this Thursday.

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation plans to hold an all-employee meeting to discuss its financial future and layoffs are expected, with deep cuts in the sports division likely.

    CBC President Hubert Lacroix, is set to address a town hall meeting of all CBC and Radio-Canada employees on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and Heather Conway and Louis Lalande, executive vice-presidents of English- and French-language services, respectively, will join him.

    “The focus of that meeting will be about our financial pressures and how we’re going to go forward,” spokesman Chuck Thompson said Monday, adding that the loss of Hockey Night in Canada is one of the pressures facing the broadcaster but that he could not go into further detail.

    Read the full story.

    Monday, April 07, 2014

    The CBC's $100,000 club

    Go big or go home. That's the theory behind petitions presented by Conservative MPs calling for either the end of government funding for the CBC or the sale of the broadcaster.

    Conservative MPs Colin Carrie and Brian Jean have called for the government to stop giving public funding to the CBC, while Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant has asked for its sale, according to to iPolitics.

    "Government of Canada funds the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to the sum of $1.1 billion per annum, that vast amount of Government of Canada funding gives the CBC an unfair advantage over its private sector competitor," Jean said, according to Canoe.

    Meanwhile, it was revealed that about 730 CBC employees are paid more than $100,000 a year.

    The salary info was released by Heritage Minister James Moore in response to order paper questions submitted by Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber. Under parliamentary rules, the government is obligated to give a response in the House to such requests within 45 days.

    Rathegeber had asked for the salary info for top CBC personalities, Peter Mansbridge and George Stroumboulopoulos, but Moore declined to provide those details, citing privacy laws.

    Read the full story.

    Friday, April 04, 2014

    CBC practices selective journalism

    Letter to CBC Exposed:

    1) Why does the left-wing CBC pick and choose its stories so deceptively? To further its narrative. The left-wing CBC chose to re-publish this Canadian Press story:

    Exclusive super-rich club getting richer


    But not this one:

    Despite pension changes public servant still overpaid: report



    Why? Because one story reveals the corruption of overpaid taxpayer-funded public employees, which the CBC protects; and the other reveals the wealth of Canada;s "86 richest families", a group the CBC and its socialist allies vilify. I request the ombudsman investigate why the left-wing CBC republishes articles attacking the private sector, but ignores articles exposing the public sector. This is deceitful. 

    2)  Furthermore, the left-wing CBC removed any indication that the report was prepared by a "left-wing" think tank. Here is the original text:

    OTTAWA - While politicians in Ottawa still can't decide who is in the middle class, a new analysis suggests wealth is increasingly gravitating to the very top.
    The report by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that the country's 86 richest individuals and families — or 0.002 per cent of the total population — are getting exponentially richer and now have accumulated as much wealth as the country's poorest 11.4 million.
    Here is how the left-wing CBC presented the story:
    While politicians in Ottawa still can't decide who is in the middle class, a new analysis suggests wealth is increasingly gravitating to the very top.
    The report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that the country's 86 richest individuals and families — or 0.0002 per cent of the total population — are getting exponentially richer and now have accumulated as much wealth as the country's poorest 11.4 million.
    Any reference to 'the Canadian Press' should be removed from the left-wing CBC's story. This is not the Canadian press's story; it has been changed to suit the biased narrative of the left-wing CBC, which removed information from the original report. It is a CBC story; misinforming its readers with whatever deception the left-wing biased CBC chooses. 
    I request the institutionalized bias of the left-wing CBC, as evidenced in points #1 and #2 above be investigated by its ombudsman. Whoever decides on these stories is furthering an agenda; the editor is very selective. Please reply. 
    Jon

    Thursday, April 03, 2014

    Impossible to hold the CBC to account

    A former top executive with Canada’s public broadcaster says the organization’s strategy is “completely incoherent,” a result of a lack of focus in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s mandate.

    The lack of focus means it’s impossible to hold the CBC to account, said Richard Stursberg, former head of CBC English broadcasting.

    “It tries to do a little of this, a little of that to try and satisfy all these different constituencies … its strategy is ultimately, completely incoherent,” Stursberg told a Senate committee Tuesday. “You can’t hold the CBC to account when there’s no consensus on what it’s trying to do.”

    Read the full story.

    Wednesday, April 02, 2014

    CBC is meddling within the market

    The online success of the CBC should be laudable. Its website received an average of 6.2-million unique visitors last year, making it the most popular Canadian website. Around 4.3-million people visit the CBC News site each month, besting both The Globe and Mail and Huffington Post.

    In doing so, the CBC has strayed a long way from its original purpose: to sustain Canadian culture when and where the market cannot. The problem is, the CBC’s traditional funding model now allows it to build its digital empire unfettered by economic reality.

    The CBC is increasingly no longer complementing the market, but instead meddling within it.

    It amounts to unintended government-funded intervention where it is either unneeded or destructive. As the traditional broadcasting model has become antiquated, so too has the CBC’s financing model.

    Read the full story.

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    CBC harasses employees

    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.

    According to the files released on harassment, management at the state broadcaster settled at least one complaint for psychological harassment filed with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

    The CBC claimed that the amount paid to settle the claim was confidential.

    Read the full story.