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, May 30, 2014

Was CBC president Hubert Lacroix unethical

Hubert Lacroix pushed his way into a Senate committee meeting on Wednesday night and pushed his way out; what he didn’t do was provide real answers on his double-dipping expense account.

The CBC president continues to say that he’s embarrassed over what happened, but asked why he thought it was ethical to bill taxpayers twice for the same living expenses, Lacroix danced.

He claims he didn’t know it was against CBC rules for the president to submit expense claims for stays in Ottawa, but surely he must have known it was unethical to take money from taxpayers twice for the very same thing.

There’s also the question of transparency, something Lacroix told senators he’s very big on.

This mistake was discovered in June of last year, paid back in September, but CBC did not report on it until we broke the story last week. How is that transparent?

I think Gregory Thomas of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation speaks for millions of Canadians in wondering how this could happen.

“How on earth in the corporate suite where you have all these high-priced executives who make hundreds of thousands of dollars overlook a direction from their own board. That’s the question that hasn't been answered,” Thomas said.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Is Peter Mansbridge making $2 million a year?

Ignoring the lame Nixon/Harper comparison and bizarre defense of a supposed CBC competitor writing a column supporting it, what caught my eye was the Globe and Mail Lawrence Martin mentioning what he thought CBC’s Peter Mansbridge was making:

"Parliamentary committee members are currently pursuing Peter Mansbridge and other CBC executives for salary details. If market value means anything, they might consider that the big U.S. news honchos make $10-million to $20-million. Mr. Mansbridge, who probably makes 10 per cent of that, is just as good or better."

Now, don’t get me started on the idiocy of comparing salaries of a Canadian taxpayer-subsidized news organization to those privately owned in the US but I guarantee even Mansbridge’s supporters would have a hard time stomaching him making $2 million a year.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CBC appearing to low-ball salary of Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge, the CBC’s chief anchor and one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian television news, apparently earns little more than a media librarian at the public broadcaster — a fact that is raising questions and collective eyebrows across the country.

According to the 184-page submission made by the CBC to the Senate’s transport and communications committee, Mr. Mansbridge’s maximum salary scale for 2013 is just under $80,500, the same as Linden MacIntyre, long-time host of the Fifth Estate, while ballpark figures for other high-profile radio and television hosts ranged from $60,000 to $77,390.

“I can’t see any conceivable way the anchor of a national news broadcast is only making $80,000 a year,” said an industry executive who asked not to be named. “The going rate for national anchors in Canada is a minimum of $500,000, but it’s much more than that. He couldn’t be working as long as he has at the CBC and still be making $80,000.”

So why does it appear that the CBC is obfuscating and may be trying to low-ball the salaries of some of its employees? Blame it on a fear of sticker shock. Currently, there is enormous pressure on the public sector to contain costs and the “compression on the compensation of the highly compensated in any public entity has been a real challenge,” said Mr. Hugessen. “The pressure to keep compensation low is extraordinary.”

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CBC President Hubert Lacroix insulted taxpayers

CBC president Hubert Lacroix insulted and disrespected taxpayers by not fully disclosing the salaries of high-level CBC employees, said senators on a committee studying the public broadcaster's future.

Lacroix responded to the Senate's committee on transport and communications' request for financial disclosure by submitting 184 pages of base employee salary scales that senators said left out the full take-home income of many of the corporation's big-name personalities.

For instance, Lacroix's submission revealed that the host of CBC's The National, Peter Mansbridge, one of the most famous journalists in Canada, makes roughly $80,000 -- the same as a lower-level reporter.

"It's just not credible," said committee member and Sen. Terry Mercer on Wednesday. "You can't give us numbers like that and expect us to believe it," he said.

Sen. Dennis Dawson told QMI Agency that Lacroix's non-disclosure was "an insult to the committee."

Read the full story.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Senators believe CBC whitewashed submission

Canada’s public broadcaster faces a showdown with skeptical senators who believe the CBC whitewashed a submission on the spending and salaries of some of its most notable journalists.

The Senate’s transport and communications committee now wants to call CBC president Hubert Lacroix to testify again – he has been before the committee before – and is considering other measures to get the information it feels it needs for its study of the challenges facing the broadcaster.

One option being floated behind closed doors is to subpoena the information from the corporation, a power Senate committees have but rarely use.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 23, 2014

CBC planning massive service cuts

CBC executives are planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio 2 online-only and merging some French and English programs, according to an arm’s-length watchdog group.

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says executives are set to propose several major cuts when the board of directors meets in Ottawa on June 17 and 18. The group says they learned of these plans through “high-level sources inside the CBC.”

According to the watchdog, the proposed cuts include a plan to shut down over-the-air distribution of Radio Two — CBC’s FM radio network that plays primarily adult contemporary, classical and jazz — in favour of distributing music solely online.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CBC shows utter distain for taxpayers

Once again the state broadcaster continues to show utter disdain for the people paying their bills.

Last Tuesday various documents the CBC gave to a Senate committee were made public. These included the supposed salary ranges of on-air personalities. Apparently Peter Mansbridge is in a position with a salary range that caps out around $80,000.

What a crock.

Mansbridge first started working there in 1968 and has been their leading man for years. Many senators believe they’re being mislead. That would be an understatement.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Senator says CBC salaries look like fiction

Canada’s public broadcaster faces a showdown with skeptical senators who believe the CBC whitewashed a submission on the spending and salaries of some of its most notable journalists.

Documents provided to the committee last month, but only made public Tuesday, include 184 pages of salary ranges for staff at the CBC, including for chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge. According to the documents CBC submitted, Mansbridge’s maximum salary scale is about $80,500. The salary scale for high-profile radio host Jian Ghomeshi and TV host Amanda Lang was given as $60,844.32 to $77,390.42.

“Those of us who have had a quick look at it would really question … its accuracy. Some of this stuff looks like fiction,” said Sen. Terry Mercer, a Senate Liberal.

Read the full story

Monday, May 19, 2014

CBC offers no voluntary retirement program.

CBC/Radio Canada is eliminating the equivalent of 657 full-time positions over the next two years as part of $130 million in budget cuts.

The cuts will affect 334 full-time jobs in the CBC’s English services, CBC News reported. The public broadcaster will incur one-time severance costs of $33.5 million as a result of the layoffs, Lacroix said, and there will be no voluntary retirement program.

In an effort to generate more money, CBC started running commercials on music networks Radio 2 and Espace Musique. But the venture has fallen $13 million short of expectations, Lacroix said.

“This is a major disappointment. We’re trying to fix this, but the initial projections won’t be met,” he told staff.

Television advertising revenues were also down overall, and the network’s prime-time TV schedule was performing poorly with 25-to-54-year-olds, a key demographic for advertisers, Lacroix said.

CBC currently has 6,994 permanent employees, 859 contract employees and 329 temporary employees.

Read the full story.

PS - Canadian taxpayers fund the CBC to the tune of $100 MILLION PER MONTH!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hoping Hubert Lacroix is part of CBC cuts

I hope that Hubert Lacroix plans on including himself as one the 650 people getting laid off at CBC.

The taxpayers won't be on the hook paying his $400,000 per year salary. We won't have to pay for his chauffeur. We won't have to pay for his membership fees. We won't have to worry about him defrauding taxpayers in phony expenses claims. Hopefully the new CBC president will even start answering all the access to information requests it receives instead of continuing to ignore them.

Letter to the editor here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

CBC Pension past legal woes

This action alleges that CBC breached the terms of a Surplus Allocation Agreement with Plan members, pursuant to which surplus in the Plan was historically apportioned between CBC, active employees and CBC Pensioners. The action seeks orders directing the CBC to return three-tenths (30%) of the 2002 Surplus to the Plan and administer the 2002 Surplus, and all subsequent available Surpluses, in accordance with the Surplus Allocation Agreement, or in the alternative, damages on behalf of the class members.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CBC pension ponzi exposed by funding cuts

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

In 2010 employees contributed $26.9 million while $51.2 million was added by taxpayers. The split is supposed to be 50/50, but CBC has chosen to ask taxpayers to fund the deficit without asking employees to contribute more. To properly fund the pension solvency shortfall, the CBC, under normal accounting rules, would be required to fund an extra $160 million each year over the next five years.

The CBC pension is a mature plan with more retirees receiving money from the plan (9,066) than employees paying into the plan (8,086). Every employee fired from CBC increases the cash required from taxpayers to prop up a plan that is flawed by design.

Much of CBC’s pension problem can be attributed to a highly controversial decision to allow “retroactive” pensions to employees who previously did not qualify for them. Under a program called “buy-backs” starting in the early 2000s, members of the ACTRA union were allowed to purchase pension credits in the CBC plan, triggering a lucrative – but underfunded – guaranteed pension.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Senators don't believe CBC salaries

Documents provided to the committee last month, but only made public Tuesday, include 184 pages of salary ranges for staff at the CBC, including for chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge. According to the documents CBC submitted, Mansbridge’s maximum salary scale is about $80,500. The salary scale for high-profile radio host Jian Ghomeshi and TV host Amanda Lang was given as $60,844.32 to $77,390.42. “Those of us who have had a quick look at it would really question … its accuracy. Some of this stuff looks like fiction,” said Sen. Terry Mercer, a Senate Liberal.

CBC is drifting and declining

Everyone agrees the CBC can’t go on like this. The CBC agrees it can’t go on like this.

If the CBC’s woes have excited less than the usual sympathies from other media, it is perhaps because there’s a lot of it going around: declining revenues, job cuts, it’s pretty much the same story everywhere.

So the likelihood is that the CBC will go on like this, drifting and declining for years to come. Like Canada Post, like Via Rail and the other stranded assets that litter the public sector, it will limp on, purposelessly, through successive “action plans” and “reinventions,” for no reason other than that no one can be bothered to do anything else — and because no one expects them to.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Veteran host says CBC falling down around him

Veteran CBC television host Linden MacIntyre says he will retire at the end of the summer, in part to save the jobs of young journalists at the struggling public broadcaster.

“It feels rotten emotionally. Rationally, I hate leaving for the reason I’m leaving. I hate leaving because the place is falling down around me. You get a really bad feeling walking out of an institution when it’s in trouble,” he said.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 09, 2014

CBC union wants huge increase in taxpayer funding

The union representing CBC workers says the broadcaster needs a 50% increase in funding on top of the $1.1 billion it already gets from taxpayers.

Alex Levasseur, head of Radio-Canada's union, said the public broadcaster is headed for destruction if its "broken" funding model isn't changed.

The corporation recently said it would cut about 650 positions across the country in response to losing the rights to Hockey Night in Canada, a major source of revenue.

The Conservative government also demanded the CBC cut $115 million from its budget by 2015.

Heritage Minister Shelly Glover has previously said the public broadcaster isn't going to get more cash from taxpayers.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

CBC Blocks Human Rights Hearing

CBC has fought a 5-year battle to keep me from reporting the PEI Legislature.

Press credentials are an important part of a journalist job. I got my Press Pass from the PEI Legislature in 2008.

In 2009, the CBC Executive Director organized her staff to have me ejected from the Press Gallery for my volunteer disability work.

They have spent more than $60,000 on lawyers to keep my discrimination complaint from ever being heard by the PEI Human Rights Commission.

CBC President Hubert Lacroix told Parliament in February 2013 that CBC works swiftly to deal with discrimination complaints, in my case they refused to mediate, discuss or settle it.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

CBC leaders stuck in alternate reality

It must be alternately infuriating and demoralizing to work for the CBC. The English-language television broadcaster gets zero public praise. Everyone’s a critic and the private media seem out to delegitimize your very existence. But that’s what you sign up for when you take a job at an institution Canadians not only own, but delight in “reimagining.”

It would all be easier if the broadcaster’s leaders, past and present, weren’t still stuck in some alternate reality, deluded by visions of grandeur and budget envy. They think that, if only Canadians funded their public network the way the British and French fund theirs, the CBC could be all things to all people and ne’er a disparaging word would be heard. In other words, it’s not their fault; it’s ours.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

CBC Exposed serves as handy reference

My relationship with the CBC as a listener ended about a decade ago when, during the course of a weekend’s air- time on Radio One, I heard veteran broadcaster Michael Enright make a series of crude anti-Irish jokes that might have provoked a few titters at an Orange Lodge, or been unremarkable banter in polite company almost a century ago, when Toronto was known as the Belfast of Canada. I won’t bother unpacking the casual and time-honoured code that makes an Irish joke, by inference, a Catholic joke. There’s no point, since Enright has been quite forthright in his dislike of the Church, going back before the 1997 Globe and Mail article where he called it “the greatest criminal organization outside the mafia.” There’s probably some tortured back story here, as Enright went to the same private Catholic boys’ school I attended, but that’s also besides the point.

What is important is that there were thirteen million Catholics in Canada when Enright made his comment. One of the fondest refrains of the defenders of the CBC is that the national broadcaster “unites the country.” It’s a phrase used by Elizabeth May and the Green Party and by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, the interest group whose prime function is to refute attacks on the CBC in the public arena. It’s a strange institution that can “unite” a country by attacking the faith of over a third of its citizens, but I’ve long since come to the conclusion that Canada is a strange country.

Cable news channel SunTV has been leading the charge against the CBC since its launch two years ago, so it’s no surprise that one of its news personalities, journalist Brian Lilley, has put together a catalogue of what he sees as the publicly-funded broadcaster’s sins in a book. CBC Exposed will probably serve as a handy reference for anyone hoping to bolster their case against the CBC in a forum that requires them to take their argument past their intuition that Canada’s national broadcaster doesn’t seem to like many Canadians.

Like many Canadians, I’ve tied myself in knots trying to understand and even defend the CBC, motivated mostly by a nostalgic fondness for its place in our history and national mythology. I’ve made suggestions for how it could survive and even thrive in a transformed media marketplace, with the stubborn sentiment that the CBC has a role to play. But thanks partly to books like Lilley’s, but mostly to the CBC’s own actions, I find it hard not to agree with Lilley that we might have passed the point where a national broadcaster plays anything like a vital, or even healthy, role in Canada’s future.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Former CBC National reporter endorses CBC Exposed

Kirstine Stewart may have denounced the book without reading it but a CBC veteran says "CBC Exposed" is on the mark. Frank Hilliard spent years working at CBC Television, here is his review on Amazon.

"As a former National Reporter for CBC Television News, I can confirm Brian Lilley’s book is right on the mark. We used to call the executive building on Jarvis St. ‘the Kremlin’ for a good reason; the place was full of leftists. Worst of all was the public affairs department which was completely out of control even 40 years ago. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the truth about this bloated, biased organization."

Have you got YOUR copy yet?

Friday, May 02, 2014

CBC gives distorted view of a very important subject

The United States Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's 2007 referendum banning racial preferences in public university admissions. While not taking any further position on the constitutional validity of affirmative action, the Schuette decision affirmed the right of voters to outlaw such programs according to their prerogative. "This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved," wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. "It is about who may resolve it."

Affirmative action is a major progressive cause, so it is unsurprising that left-leaning media in Canada have covered the ruling. Neither is it strange or objectionable that they have presented it as troubling, given the effect that it is likely to have. But it remains that these media, and especially ones which claim to be "objective" in their reporting, bear a responsibility to present both sides accurately and fairly, including the side opposed to affirmative action.

CBC's The National evidently did not have this responsibility in mind when it covered the ruling last Thursday.

I don't mean to seem like an old curmudgeon droning on about the liberal slant of the news media, as the CBC probably has improved its coverage of ideologically-sensitive issues in recent years. In this case, however, it has reflexively returned to its old ways and given us a distorted view of a very important subject, of which the public needs to hear both sides.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

CBC President Hubert Lacroix doing less with less

Top CBC brass on Thursday afternoon laid out how the pubcaster will do less with less after unveiling yet another round of cost cutting to balance its books for 2014-15.

CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and Heather Conway, EVP of English services, told a media conference call that the network’s woes, which includes cutting 657 jobs to reduce a $130 million budgetary shortfall, were not all about hockey.

“The public broadcaster is starting to make choices because it doesn’t frankly have a choice anymore,” Lacroix said, putting the pubcaster’s financial future in stark terms.

He said the CBC had to change the way it delivers content nationwide, and at what cost, “because right now the revenue line doesn’t support the infrastructure we have.”

Read the full story.