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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

CBC spokesman says everything is on the table

The cash-strapped CBC is weighing the closure of its venerated in-house documentary unit.

The move is the latest sign of a Canadian broadcast sector feeling the strain of a soft advertising market and cord-cutting, and includes rival Bell Media eliminating 120 Toronto TV jobs this summer.

A CBC spokesman on Tuesday told The Hollywood Reporter that "everything is on the table."

The prospect of shuttering the in-house producer of Canada: A People’s History and The Canadian Experience prompted a letter to CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and newly installed head of English programming Heather Conway signed by 17 leading staff at the public broadcaster.

The CBC has already imposed deep budget and job cuts, and diversified its primetime lineup away from procedurals and shiny-floor reality competition shows, in a bid to close a $130 million (about $121 million U.S.) budgetary shortfall.

The network's blow from a continuing advertising revenue crunch includes losing prized Canadian NHL rights to Rogers Media after the private sector rival signed a blockbuster $5.2 billion ($4.9 billion U.S.) deal with the pro hockey league.

A consolidating Canadian TV market has been buffeted by ad dollars increasingly chasing consumers online, and cable and satellite TV operators facing increased cord-shaving and cord-cutting.

Read the full story.

PS - This brings me back to the purpose of this website.  Do we need a publicly funded (to the tune of over $100 million EVERY month) State Broadcaster competing with the private sector???

Friday, June 27, 2014

CBC is shifting its priorities

The CBC is shifting its priorities from television and radio to digital and mobile services, a move that will reduce staff, and supper-hour news broadcasts and programs produced in-house, says CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix.

“We used to lead with television and radio. Web came and then mobility came. We are reversing, we are inverting the priorities that we have,” Lacroix said, referring to the broadcaster’s 2020 strategy. “We’re going to lead now with mobility, we’re going to lead with whatever widget you use.

A number of CBC personalities have gone public with their opposition to the cuts.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CBC privatization makes sense in today's world

In the world of instant News availability for Canadians from a variety of sources, including the internet why do we need a Government owned, taxpayer funded, Liberal biased expensive CBC? The CBC can be successfully privatized to an array of small independent broadcasters and radio stations who can better serve Canadians with programming they actually want without endlessly draining public funds. An analysis done by Google last year showed that more Canadian content has been uploaded to YouTube since it was launched in 2005 than has been created by CBC since the 1950s.

The billions of dollars earned from the privatization of the CBC could help pay down our debt and the $83,000,000 sucked from tax payers every single month could be redirected to our critical Health Care needs, perhaps even adding dental coverage for Canadians. The CBC’s biased approach to news and information content – a failure of Journalism 101 – continues to represent only the left wing despite taxing every Canadian and every cable and satellite user across Canada.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CBC Spin is amazing but true

CBC Exposed recently obtained the following information from a CBC insider ...

A few examples of the spin that the CBC management seems to be so adept at:

1) Spin: The CBC No Longer Receives Over A Billion Dollars A Year from the Taxpayers

Recently the CBC management has begun the spin that the taxpayers no longer fund the CBC to the tune of over a billion dollars per year and the media has bought it – here is an article by the Globe and Mail’s John Doyle where cites this:

Opponents sneer at the hundreds of millions of dollars in public support the CBC receives. (They can no longer bray about the catchy “billion-dollar subsidy” because the Conservative government cuts have taken the figure well below $1-billion.) Accusations of left-wing bias will be shouted. More accusations about overstaffing and overpayment to staff will be thrown around.


It is just not true as the first $115 million in Fed cuts is over 3 years and then the first year of $115 million per year is not until the 2015/16 budget. So how do the CBC management come up with the spin to say they are not getting less than a billion a year? They take the $115 million from the $1.1 billion and that leaves $985 million.

But hold on a minute; the CBC receives other taxpayer funded programs like the CMF. In the 2014/15 budget period, the CBC Television (English/French) will receive over $83 million dollars from the CMF, who’s major funding source is Heritage Canada. Note: this is just the CMF Television funding we receive; it doesn’t include the CMF Digital and Convergence funds.


This is not the only funding that the CBC uses for its television productions that adversely affect the tax payers. When the CBC uses outside production companies to produce show for them, the production budget is funded with the following basic formula: 1/3 License Fee from CBC, 1/3 CMF dollars (part of the CBC’s $83 million CMF allocation) and 1/3 tax credits that the productions companies receive and apply against the show’s production budget.

So on a $15 million television series, only 1/3 or $5 million comes from the actual CBC budget that is provided by Federal funding. The rest, $10 million, is from the CMF and tax credits.


2) Spin:  That NHL Hockey on CBC funded other CBC activities:

A quote from Hubert Lacroix:

When CBC president Hubert Lacroix spoke with employees last year in the wake of a cut to federal funding, he said the public broadcaster was working ardently to renew its agreement to carry National Hockey League games. “It’s an important piece in the funding and the assumptions that we have, because of what it represents in advertising revenue,” he told them. Estimates are that hockey may contribute as much as half of the CBC’s $450-million in annual advertising revenue, helping to fund many of the broadcaster’s other activities.

Ever notice how no CBC executive (or the media) ever discuss the costs associated with NHL hockey? It’s always a discussion about the revenue it brings in. Fact: the CBC has lost money on the NHL rights for years now – let me repeat that; the CBC has lost money on the NHL rights for years now. Also, those ad revenue “estimates” stated above are always provide to the media “off-the-record” by CBC executives (stating confidentiality clauses in the advertisers agreements).

The actual ad revenue was $120 million to $135 million over the last few years. The rights fees paid to the NHL have been over $100 million US per year. The cost of production has been $30 million a year (that figure does not include the number of full time positions that must be maintained year round even though the hockey season is 9 months – add another $4 million). The cost of sales, promotion and advertising was another $40+ million a year (those huge Hockey Night in Canada billboards on the Gardiner aren't cheap).

So now the spin is has turned into, “Hey, take it easy with those government cuts as we were just hammered by losing the NHL!”, when in fact the loss of hockey saves money.


3) Spin:  The deal with Rogers to Broadcast Hockey on CBC is a good thing for Canadians:

Once more, Hubert Lacroix:

“A little bit about our deal with Rogers. CBC pays no rights costs for the broadcasting of hockey games. Rogers is bearing the sole risk around hockey revenues; (they sell the inventory and keep the revenue – the overall selling process is yet to be defined), while we continue to make Canada’s game available to all Canadians wherever they live.”

The Rogers negotiating team (Keith Pelley and Scott Moore) absolutely took the CBC to the cleaners with this deal. Of course they did, just look at the two CBC executives that were negotiating as they were hardly qualified to do the deal, 1) Neil McEneaney, a CPA, bright man but a true bean-counter who knows very, very little about the world of hockey and is not part of the extremely small NHL inner circle, and 2) Jeffrey Orridge, a trained lawyer and CBC newbie who was made head of Business for CBC Sports without ever having spent a minute in the broadcast industry and had never produced a second of TV in his life. This position was created due to politics by Kirsten Steward as she knew the head of sports would always be powerful with the board so she divided up the Executive Director, Sports position into two (business and production) to limit their power. When Orridge was hired, he had never done a single broadcast/production deal…and he was the CBC negotiator on the NHL deal? The CBC never had a chance.

Side note: Orridge's first rights deal at CBC was with the IOC for one Winter and one Summer Olympics. The CBC was the only entity bidding (both Bell and Rogers publicly stated they would not be bidding) and the IOC still managed to get three bids out of CBC. The CBC was bidding against itself. The IOC is still telling that story in the back rooms and laughing. Needless to say, the Olympics are a money-loser for CBC.

Rogers made out like a bandit as they get 350+ hours per year of CBC prime time to broadcast their NHL games for 4 years which gives them time to build Citytv into a national network. They keep 100% of the revenue, control all the content and they use CBC production facilities and staff at discounted rates (CBC is still paying for many of the staff for the 4 years).

So how did the Canadian taxpayer make out in the Rogers deal? CBC loses a revenue source of more than 1,400 hours of prime time ad inventory over the 4 years, pays for production staff and facilities and controls none of the content on Canada’s public broadcaster. Why was this just given away to a private corporation? To save jobs? Mr. Lacroix again:

“While this deal will result in job losses, the staffing impact would have been much greater had we lost hockey entirely, as CBC is still producing hockey.”

So CBC saved some union jobs and gave away the farm to do it. Many people wonder out loud if the CBC is even allowed to give over 1,400 hours of airtime away to a private corporation under their mandate – but then again, the management would just find a way to spin it as a good agreement for the CBC.

These are just a few of the ‘amazing but true’ situations at the CBC, but what is most amazing is that the vast majority of the media in Canada buy the spin. Why?

CBC Insider

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CBC criticized for secretiveness

A new report on Canada's freedom-of-information laws slams the federal government for its poor performance in making computer data public, even as the Harper administration touts its 'Open Data' policy.

The report especially criticized the CBC in a section about whether released records were excessively blacked out under the exemptions provided by the laws.

"One of the greater ironies of the audit was the secretiveness of the CBC, whose journalistic arm routinely probes other government agencies for information and makes extensive use of freedom of information laws," says the audit.

The public broadcaster was asked for information about the possible addition of advertising to CBC Radio, for example, but declined to provide much.

"Briefing notes for CBC president Hubert Lacroix ... were almost completely blacked out, including everything in sections labelled 'transparency and accountability'," the researchers noted.

Read the full story.

Monday, June 23, 2014

CBC planning a fresh round of service cuts

A watchdog group says the CBC is planning a fresh round of service cuts, including making Radio Two online-only and merging some English and French programming — but the public broadcaster denies the claims. 

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.

CBC/Radio-Canada spokesperson France Belisle called the claims “speculation, inaccurate and misinformation.”

The public broadcaster announced in April it would cut some 657 jobs amid federal budget cuts and lagging TV ratings. It has also lost the rights to “Hockey Night in Canada” to Rogers Media, which paid a whopping $5.2 billion for a 12-year deal.

Read the full story.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Time to let CBC die on the vine

At a workshop nearly two weeks ago, members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) suggested letting the post office provide banking services through its 6,500 retail offices.

At about the same time, over at the CBC, its largest unions were simply demanding that Canadian taxpayers increase Mother Corp’s subsidy by 50%. Nothing remotely innovative about that.

Meanwhile, the French-speaking union said Canadians were going to have to ask themselves if they want a CBC and whether they were prepared to fund it properly.

Well how about no and no?

An argument could be made that Canada Post still has a function to perform in rural and remote areas; that no one else could guarantee mail delivery to every address in the country.

But there is not a single thing the CBC does – not news, not drama or public affairs, and certainly not sports – that private broadcasters cannot do. And without tapping taxpayers.

It’s time to let both Canada Post and the CBC die on the vine.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

CBC lacks common sense

Over the last three years, the federal government has cut more than 20,000 public servant jobs and made cuts of 10% or more to many departments and Crown corporations.

Years after the announcement of such cuts, guess who are the only ones still blubbering and refusing to make an effort to balance the books? Those who have a microphone in their hands paid by your taxes!

If the employees of CBC/Radio-Canada are so concerned about the loss of jobs, why don’t they propose a 3% cut to their own income, which could save all the 657 jobs at risk?

Why didn’t the union initiate the reopening of the collective agreement since their members are the best-paid of the industry?

Why? Because it’s always easier to syphon off the taxpayer’s wallet than their own.

Let’s also not forget that CBC’s managers gave themselves over $18 million in bonuses over the last two years and CBC’s president, Hubert Lacroix, had to recently repay $30,000 in expense claims that violated the corporation’s own spending rules.

What CBC/Radio-Canada desperately lacks these days is not public money but common sense, decency, transparency and political neutrality.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CBC's new reality

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

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.

Perhaps if the CBC privatizes or reinvents itself to be like TVO or PBS they could work with a smaller budget.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CBC Double Standard

The CBC transparent?  Ha!  You've got to be kidding us.

Yet that's what state broadcaster CEO Hubert Lacroix said at a Wednesday senate committee meeting.

Lacroix was being grilled on all sorts of challenges faced by the CBC. One of which directly involved him.

He was found to have claimed almost $30,000 in improper expenses. They were for living expenses, but CBC rules stated he wasn't eligible for them.

Here's what he had to say about this on a CBC program: "Is it embarrassing to me? Am I upset, am I angry? I mean, I've been preaching transparency since day one."

Really? If that's the case, then why have media outlets including Sun Media gone to court to try to learn basic information about how CBC spends taxpayer dollars ... and still leave without answers?

Read the full story.

Monday, June 16, 2014

CBC is an insult to all Canadians

CBC is an insult to all Canadians and I’m not talking about the state broadcaster’s on-air offerings.

Does anyone actually believe that CBC news reader Peter Mansbridge makes between $63,797.54 and $80,485.22 a year?

Well, those were the figures Hubert Lacroix, president of the CBC, sent to a Senate committee examining the future of the state broadcaster. Senators had asked for the information on top earning on-air talent.

CBC also tried to claim that radio host Jian Ghomeshi and TV host Amanda Lang earned between $60,844.32 and $77,390.42 last year, figures no one is buying.

You might think this a witch hunt by the Conservatives but even Liberals in the Senate are fuming.

Read the full story.

Friday, June 13, 2014

CBC president Hubert Lacroix $30,000 mistake

CBC president Hubert Lacroix is apologizing to CBC staff and supporters for claiming $30,000 in expenses to which he wasn't entitled.

Lacroix, in his opening statement before a Senate committee studying the challenges facing the news organization, said both he and the CBC made an error in reimbursing his Ottawa business expenses.

"I'm deeply distressed that this could damage the integrity of CBC/Radio-Canada and its management of public resources," Lacroix said.

An internal audit, made public last week, found Lacroix had been wrongly claiming accommodation costs since his 2008 appointment. Lacroix had been submitting claims for living expenses since he started his job as CEO and president of CBC on Jan. 1, 2008. He was also getting a $1,500 per month living allowance after deciding not to move to Ottawa, where the CBC is headquartered. Lacroix lives in Montreal.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

CBC President Hubert Lacroix’s game

The president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is standing in a place where people lie for a living, telling a bunch of hard truths.

All morning, Hubert Lacroix has been here on the set of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, which has been commandeered for a series of town halls with local staff. An overflow crowd of French-language employees filed out a few minutes ago, and now about 100 English- language colleagues are nibbling on free pizza, sombrely challenging the boss on his vision of their future at a time of smaller budgets and industry turmoil.

“We’re in a much better place than we were last year,” he tells the staff. “At the end of the day, we’re gonna be bruised, but we’re gonna be okay.”

Lacroix seems to believe that the best defence is a good offence. So he is in the midst of transforming the CBC into a nimble model for the whiplash digital age. He may well be Kasparov. But what if the chess board itself is evaporating before his eyes?

Lacroix seems to have won the room. The only problem is, if it’s a convincing rallying cry to marshal the troops, it is not a unique mission statement for a public broadcaster.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CBC Fifth Estate at fault in Leenen libel case

After winning his case in Ontario’s Superior Court, Dr. Leenen said, ‘Four years ago we proposed to settle this law suit for $10,000 and an on-air apology. It was refused…The Fifth Estate persisted and took me through 10 weeks of trial.’

The trial judge awarded very high damages for libel against The Fifth Estate and the CBC as well as individual reporters and producers. The CBC appealed. Ontario’s Court of Appeal disagreed with the CBC, and ruled that Dr. Leenen had been libelled. Finally, the CBC tried to take the case to Canada’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

CBC union wants more tax dollars

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.

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.

Read the full story.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Today's world is news to the CBC

CBC competes with BBC, CNN and a global array of news and sports providers as I drive to the feed store.

Life is much better than the days of having to make an appointment with my television to watch a hockey game.

Like most people, I like getting news when it happens, not when a network decides to present it to me.

All of this change seems lost on Canada’s public broadcaster.

According to the CBC, we need a dialogue on the role of the nation’s public broadcaster. No, we don’t.

In today’s world, Canadians don’t need a public broadcaster that eats almost a billion dollars a year in tax revenue. All we need is an Internet connection.

But this is news to the CBC.

Read the full story.

Friday, June 06, 2014

$2 million lawsuit filed against CBC

A former mayoral candidate is suing CBC North over a news story, claiming it “has cast him in a negative light” and demanding more than $2 million in damages.

Mandeep Sidhu filed a lawsuit last week over a CBC News online article from June 2013 that reported on his acquittal of making death threats against an RCMP officer.

Despite changes to the story made after he complained to the CBC ombudsman, Sidhu told the Star today it continues to harm his “public image and reputation.”

“It’s sad to see a story written like that,” said the 28-year-old.

“I put myself in the public sphere, and then you set this up as a person who yells homophobic slurs ... and starts being very confrontational with RCMP officers, which is not true.”

Sidhu was referring to the initial online story, posted June 2, which was later edited down and avoided reference to specific derogatory remarks.

The article that remains online is “still incorrect,” the lawsuit alleges.

Read the full story.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

$100,000 Legal Attack by CBC Charlottetown

The “legal fatigue” strategy in litigation is prevalent throughout our Courts, it pits deep pockets against victims, denying Justice to any poor. Any individual is poor when a Crown Corporation like CBC PEI is the lead financier of a legal fatigue strategy against the courts and the idea of Justice. Hidden behind ‘civil rights’ lawyer Alan Parrish of Halifax acting against a PEI man, CBC PEI has spent over one hundred thousand dollars, there is no end in sight.

Curiously the name Canadian Broadcasting Corporation does not appear on any documents although CBC is paying the entire bill. The strategy to contest every step of the legal process and make application for Judicial Review before a tribunal or evidence is even heard is shockingly inappropriate in the circumstances where the public is paying the bill.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Politicians fuming as CBC fights back

Canadian media has its salary fight dominating local headlines as conservative senators in Ottawa attempt to lift the lid on how much Peter Mansbridge, the chief news anchor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., a public broadcaster, gets paid, including perks and bonuses.

The politicians were left fuming when CBC president Hubert Lacroix met with them earlier this week on Parliament Hill and disclosed Mansbridge has the same base salary as a senior producer at the network: $80,485.

That quickly had newspaper columnists citing Lacroix for insulting taxpayers as he refused to come clean on what the actual total pay for Mansbridge and other top anchors at the public broadcaster is.

The growing food fight between conservative senators and the CBC over top-talent pay comes as the public broadcaster faces job and programming cuts while trimming $130 million from its operating budget.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Conflicting news on Peter Mansbridge salary

“CBC/Radio-Canada currently has approximately 730 employees who earn more than $100,000 per year,” according to documents tabled in Parliament by Heritage Minister James Moore Monday. “Their names and precise salaries are protected as per the Federal Privacy Act and Access to Information Act.

Read the full story here.

In a related story CBC says Peter Mansbridge makes just $80,000!

Read that story here.

Just what gives with Peter Mansbridge's salary?  Can't the CBC get the facts straight?  Wouldn't the face of CBC make the $100,000 list?  This is a bit of news many Canadians would like to hear ... after all it is taxpayer money!

Monday, June 02, 2014

CBC prepares for more cuts

Be prepared for more cuts at the CBC, says the head of the public broadcaster’s English-language services. 

“Are there more cuts to come? Absolutely. We have to deal with a really significant challenge in front of us. That means there will be more cuts and a smaller CBC,” says Heather Conway in an interview with the Star. 

The new boss of English services has been on the job for barely six months, but she has already been thrust into one of the most turbulent periods at the broadcaster, with the recent loss of hockey rights to Rogers and a significant downsizing in the workforce.

Read the full story.