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 29, 2015

Canadian Government calls CBC report inaccurate and ridiculous

The government of Canada is calling a CBC report that it is threatening to bring hate crime charges against advocates of a boycott of Israel “inaccurate and ridiculous.”

The CBC, however, is standing behind its report, saying “our reporter and our editors thought it was a strong, original story.” On May 11, CBC ran an article on its website by veteran TV journalist Neil Macdonald, the network’s senior Washington correspondent and its former chief Middle East correspondent based in Israel, under the headline, “Ottawa threatening hate charges against those who boycott Israel.”

“The allegation that we are using those laws in that way is completely false,” said Jeremy Laurin, press secretary for Public Security Minister Steven Blaney. “The government will use its right of free speech to denounce these comments.”

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CBC Claims Reporter was Clumsy

In an Honest Reporting Canada communique on April 23, we alerted you to how CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Sasa Petricic issued the following tweet which implicitly drew a moral equivalence between ISIS terrorists and foreign recruits to Israel’s armed forces:



As we noted in our release, comparing ISIS’ recruitment from abroad, with a democratic country’s obligation to protect its citizenry from threats by internationally-designated terror groups was beyond the pale.

Writing in response to a complaint sent by HRC subscriber Robert Wittes on May 22, Jack Nagler, the CBC’s Director of Journalistic Public Accountability and Engagement acknowledged that Petricic’s tweet was “written in haste, (and) was certainly clumsy” but denied that Petricic had violated any of the CBC’s journalistic standards.

Read the full Honest Reporting Story here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Happens When CBC (Canadian BROADCASTING System) Doesn't Broadcast

In a media world that seems to undergo seismic changes with the seasons, it is tempting fate for the CBC to unveil a five-year plan, let alone one that asserts the public broadcaster’s irreplaceability.

Not only does the five-year strategy outlined on Thursday aim to make CBC “the public space at the heart of our conversations and experiences as Canadians” — no small feat, that — but it also vows that, in 2020, “three out of four Canadians will answer that CBC or Radio-Canada is very important to them personally.”

But while Mr. Lacroix and executive vice-president Heather Conway explained that the CBC is flipping on its head an investment structure that currently puts money in TV first and mobile last, the details aren’t quite so simple.

It is true that audiences are already moving to mobile with great haste, but it’s also true that the more the CBC heads down a path that is already littered with private competitors, the less there seems much of a point in having a public broadcaster operating there.

At its essence, we think of the CBC as being the vehicle through which people could stay connected with the world in even the far-flung corners of the nation. It had transmitters that went where private broadcasters didn’t, or wouldn’t.

But more than 90% of Canadians who receive a television signal do so through a cable or satellite provider today, a number that is marching inexorably toward 100%. And anyone who has an Internet signal or a smartphone has the ability to reach not just the CBC’s offerings, but countless others from across the globe.

The shift toward digital is no doubt a natural survival instinct. But when the next five-year plan comes out, is there a reason for a public broadcaster if it doesn’t, you know, broadcast?

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CBC Received $30 Billion in Taxpayer Money

The Conservative Party of Canada is upset about American game shows such a Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on CBC and during the current economic climate the CBC has little choice but to boost ratings using American shows.

The CBC has received $30 billion CDN in taxpayers' money over the last 30 years, fulfilling their obligation to provide Canadian content in both English and French, but doing so is tricky as they're limited to using a majority of Canadian content and are facing a lot of competition from cable networks with 300+ channels.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Was Hubert Lacroix appointed to kill the CBC

It seems that there’s a move a foot to kill the CBC. And it’s coming from within.

Hubert Lacroix, the reigning President of our Nation’s broadcaster looks like a business guy/bureaucrat brought in to dismantle the CBC one block at a time.

He didn’t work his way up the broadcaster, but was appointed by Stephen Harper who clearly is no fan of public broadcasting.

Clearly the CBC needs to be re-defined and then Canadians need to decide if they want to fund it and use it.

Is it time for the CBC staff to buy the “Beeb” and run it as a co-op? Would CBC staff and their unions for example, take a 50% pay cut to take control over their own destinies instead of being bull dozed by one particular leader or party? Could they compete in the current market place?

Mostly though should some government appointed stooge ever be allowed to helm the CBC again? Surely you can’t expect positive results when you look at Mr. Lacroix’s resume, can you? After all the CBC was never meant to be profitable; but it also was never meant to be bad.

Looking at some of his gigs; Telemedia was sold off in parts. Zarlink was involved in a hostile takeover. Donahue Inc.’s shares were sold off. Michelin is still in business; but then you always need good wheels to get away in after you’re part of the end of a company. Hubert Lacroix looks like he was a man appointed to kill the CBC, not lead it.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 22, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix has no intention of resigning

A defiant CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix on Thursday refused to resign in the face of heated calls to do so at an earlier employee town hall meeting.

Lacroix was eager to insist the CBC’s current woes were not self-inflicted, but shared across the industry, and globally, saying that the Canadian financing model for traditional conventional TV is endangered by a fast-changing digital landscape.

That means the CBC will reduce its infrastructure footprint to free up dollars for new digital and mobile content.

Realizing that vision will entail additional job cuts to those already unveiled in April.

And it will mean a smaller workforce by 2020.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CBC President Hubert LaCroix admits CBC Business Model Going To Die

The current CBC business model is going to die, according to its president.

The public broadcaster is currently facing issues with funding and keeping viewers, listeners and readers engaged and needs to find new ways to do both, said CBC President and CEO Hubert LaCroix during a discussion on public broadcast’s future, hosted by the RTA School of Media on March 5.

With 657 jobs eliminated last year alone due to budget cuts, and having eliminated its competitive rights to broadcast professional sports except those of national significance like the Olympics or the upcoming PanAm Games, the CBC and Radio-Canada need to find a new source of revenue.

LaCroix said that the challenge is connecting with Canadians one-on-one because now they are more likely to trust social media rather than a news anchor.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time to turn out the lights at CBC

No prime minister in recent memory has voiced support for the principle of public broadcasting in this country.

On CBC Radio, there are more repeats than ever. Some programs - like the international affairs program, "Dispatches" - have been cancelled. Radio drama and recordings of live musical performances are but a memory. In television, all production, with the exception of news, is being outsourced. The CBC is evolving into a commissioner and distributor of content, instead of a creator. 

Then there are the self-inflicted wounds: the firing and subsequent criminal charges brought against former "Q" host Jian Ghomeshi, and the outcry over paid speaking engagements by CBC journalists. Outside, even those who care about the CBC are appalled. Its critics - and there are many - say it's time to turn out the lights. Inside, morale has never been lower. All of this is taking place against the backdrop of a technological revolution that is devastating traditional media around the world.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CBC president Hubert Lacroix Loved Ghomeshi

The future of the public broadcasting corporation in Canada is in trouble, according to CBC president Hubert Lacroix. He discussed his views of the industry and other recent controversies to Concordia’s Journalism department last Wednesday evening.

Following his presentation, Lacroix addressed the recent controversies surrounding the CBC, including the Jian Ghomeshi and Amanda Lang scandals.

On his relationship with Ghomeshi, the President said he “loved him” and connected him with as many people as he could within the CBC and Radio-Canada. Due to “legal issues,” his comments about the allegations were limited.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Exposed - CBC has no strategy

CBC recently appeared before a Senate Committee examining its future and demonstrated that it has no real strategy for the future.

Instead of a strategy, CBC has an agenda. The agenda is to shrink the CBC. Before he became president of CBC, Hubert Lacroix, told Parliament it was his job to find new sources of revenue but after taking the job he said CBC doesn't need more money.

This month CBC submitted a document to the Committee and a 90-page slide presentation that contained contradictions, errors and misleading information.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Exposed - CBC Double Standard

Charlie Hebdo And Cartoons Of Mohammad Showcase The CBC’s Double Standards.

You won’t believe the disgusting comments made by the CBC as to why Piss Christ is fair game but pictures of Mohammad are off limits.

The CBC lied. As the pic above indicates (see original story link at bottom) they have shown Piss Christ on more than one occasion, as in this article:

“French museum reopens after crucifix art attacked”

Crucifix art they call it.

I wonder if Muppet Mohammed would get Strombo coverage?

How about Violent Christ on CBC Music? Merry Christmas Bitches?



Even Youtube initially removed this vid but not CBC.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CBC Reporter Accused of Gross Misrepresentation

Israeli Journalist: CBC Reporter’s Tweet was “Gross Misrepresentation” of my Analysis

CBC’s Mideast Bureau Chief Sasa Petricic has been accused by Haaretz journalist Anshel Pfeffer of issuing a tweet that he claimed was a “gross misrepresentation” of his analysis of what gave Benjamin Netanyahu his election victory.

Petricic had Tweeted on March 18 that a “‘Racist ploy’ credited w giving #Netanyahu surprising win” citing Pfeffer’s “good analysis” of the Israeli elections and Pfeffer retorted that there were many other reasons for Netanyahu’s victory, not just the alleged “racist” ploys.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Exposed - CBC Story Bizarre Conspiracy Theory

Government Calls Neil Macdonald Israel Boycott Story a “Bizarre Conspiracy Theory”

Writing on the CBC’s website today, Neil Macdonald, a reporter whose animus against Israel is well known (see his top 10 journalistic transgressions here, and more here, here, & here) published an article with the following inflammatory and inaccurate headline:

"Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its 'zero tolerance' for Israel boycotters"

In an HRC complaint sent this morning to Marissa Nelson, Managing Director of CBC.ca, we asked if CBC can prove that the Federal Government has “threatened” hate crimes charges against boycott Israel advocates? Can the CBC even cite one such example? The article itself does not contain anything to substantiate this charge except conjecture and Mr. Macdonald’s deductive reasoning, along with his forming conclusions based on some statements made by senior officials like Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and his spokespersons.

In fact, Mr. Macdonald only says that “The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel.” This may or may not be the case, but there’s a marked difference between signalling intentions and claiming outright that the government has already “threatened” those who boycott Israel.

Meanwhile, another CBC article’s headline related to this report was amended from: “McMaster students who boycott Israel among those who could face hate crime charges” to “Are McMaster’s Israel boycott advocates among those who could face hate crime charges?” CBC adroitly changed the headline from a claim to a question and never did publicly disclose that the headline had been amended, a violation of CBC standards. The same violation occurred in the CBC’s failure to publicly acknowledge it edited its original inflammatory headline to Macdonald’s article. As well, contrary to CBC standards this report likely should have been identified as “analysis” but was not.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 11, 2015

CBC Amanda Lang Sabotages Colleague

Multiple sources within CBC News have revealed to CANADALAND, under condition of anonymity, a shocking campaign Amanda Lang undertook in 2013 to sabotage a major story reported by her colleague, investigative reporter Kathy Tomlinson.

Amanda Lang lobbied aggressively within the CBC to undermine Kathy Tomlinson’s reporting on the temporary foreign worker scandal at RBC, the largest financial institution in the country and a bank that has sponsored Lang's speeches or events where Lang spoke at least six times for fees up to $15,000 per event.

As you'll read in detail below, it's just as bad as it sounds: Lang didn't just align her own journalism in the interests of a corporate sponsor. She also meddled with the work of her colleagues.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Exposed - What CBC employees are saying about latest layoffs

On the same day as the release of a long-awaited report from an internal investigation into the CBC's handling of the Jian Ghomeshi case, the public broadcaster delivered 244 pink slips to its newsrooms across the country. As other outlets have noted, the timing makes it difficult not to see the former as a distraction from the latter.

 On social media, however, audiences and employees have been diligent in being vocal about how much these cuts will be felt nation-wide. As longtime independent broadcaster, writer and CBC contributor Tina Pittaway noted last night: "It's amazing when I see what CBC staff are tweeting - all stuff I agree with, but that I'd be terrified to tweet as a long-time freelancer."

 Here's what CBC employees had to say about the latest round of layoffs, which now brings the cut total to 1,400 in the past year:

Click here.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Multimillion-dollar damage award against CBC

Supreme Court of Canada upholds multimillion-dollar damage award to researcher libeled in TV documentary on CCBs

A cardiovascular researcher at the Ottawa Heart Institute (Ontario, Canada) says he feels vindicated and relieved after a Supreme Court of Canada decision upheld an April 2000 lower court ruling that awarded him more than 1 million US dollars in damages, legal fees, and interest.

"For quite a few weeks, I didn't know how to walk around because I felt quite a bit lighter," Dr Frans Leenen (Ottawa Heart Institute) told heartwire . "It is such a relief for this to be all over and done with, finally."

Leenen and Dr Martin Myers (Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON) had brought a libel suit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) after a 1996 documentary portrayed the two men as endangering the lives of heart patients by prescribing the short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB), nifedipine (Procardia® - Pfizer). Last month, the Court denied the CBC leave to appeal a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal of June 12, 2001, which upheld the original trial judgment by Judge Douglas Cunningham. In his ruling, Cunningham called the CBC's "The Fifth Estate" program in question, "sensational journalism of the worst sort" that "should serve as an embarrassment to this so-called 'flagship' investigative program."

Read the full story.

CBC President Hubert Lacroix - Huge Salary, Chauffeur and Expense Accounts

Not only do we give CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix a very nice salary somewhere between $358,400 and $421,600, he also gets his own $34,000 – $56,500 paid chauffeur on our dime.

On top of his salary, Lacroix expensed just under $30,000 last year adding to the total of $180,000 in expenses since 2008.

Also: See earlier post of Lacroix buying a$240 sandwich lunch for two ...

See the full story.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix Defends culture at CBC

The head of Canada’s public broadcaster defended his staff, their journalism and the culture of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Tuesday during what was at times a tense atmosphere in the Senate committee hearing.

Hubert Lacroix, the broadcaster’s president, largely avoided providing details of the CBC probe under way into harassment allegations in the Jian Ghomeshi affair. Questions about this from senators were largely ruled out of order by the committee’s chairman, though there were testy exchanges between committee members and Mr. Lacroix.

He did not respond to comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday, charging most workers at Radio-Canada detested conservative values.

Mr. Lacroix simply said executives at the CBC ensured journalistic values of “impartiality” and “integrity” were “present in the way we deliver our news.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

CBC 2020 Strategy Is Outsourcing

News has broken that by this time next year, CBC will have shortened all of its regional, supper-hour newscasts from 90-minutes to either 30 or 60 minutes. CBC News’s general manager and editor in chief, Jennifer McGuire, puts a positive spin on it, saying the changes aren’t about reducing the length of televised news, but rather, “changing how we serve the audience.” Their aim is to spread content out over the day, and across different media sources, instead of presenting the news exclusively in one big lump, at suppertime, on TV.

 Their thoughts on the matter seem to boil down to observations that TV viewership is declining while news uptake online and on mobile devices is on the rise. So they intend to shift their focus from TV and radio, to web and mobile services.  It’s being dubbed the “2020 Strategy,” not for its vision, but for its projected completion date.

Part of the strategy entails producing less televised news and less in-house TV programs and documentaries, to allow for more resources for the delivery on online news. This means that the work involved in producing documentaries and programs will now be outsourced to independent filmmakers – which will cut the CBC’s workforce by about 20%. CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix argues that, “To be the public broadcaster, we don’t need to be always the producer.”

It was revealed earlier this year that funding shortfalls and revenue losses led CBC/Radio-Canada to cut $130 million from this year’s budget, forcing 657 job cuts and taking the network out of competition for the rights to broadcast professional sports. So the funding cuts and diminishing ad revenue go hand in hand. CBC’s 2020 strategy will leave the broadcaster with 1,000 to 1,500 fewer employees, on top of the 657 job cuts already announced in April.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 04, 2015

CBC Pension Deficit Almost One Billion Dollars

The federal government recently announced cuts to the CBC budget of $27.8 million this year increasing to $115 million by 2014-15. The CBC budget for 2011 was $1.1 billion.

These cuts, however, pale in comparison to the costs of propping up the CBC’s pension plan. How will it fund its current pension solvency deficit of $801 million (2010) up from $382 million the previous year?

In 2010, CBC employees contributed $26.9 million to their pensions, but $51.2 million was added by taxpayers. While the split is supposed to be 50/50, CBC has chosen to ask taxpayers to fund the deficit without asking employees to contribute more.

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 here.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Exposed - CBC cuts 17 per cent of workforce

More than 1,500 jobs have been eliminated so far this year, or 17 per cent of the CBC's workforce.

The CBC is laying off more of its employees, the public broadcaster reports, adding to the growing list of layoffs earlier this year.

According to the Canadian Media Guild, 241 positions were eliminated.

With the latest notice, more than 1,500 jobs have been cut so far this year, or 17 per cent of the CBC’s workforce.

The cuts were made nationally, the Guild said, impacting a large number of videographer positions in regional stations.

Read the full story.