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, August 31, 2015

Exposed - The CBC is not a business

The CBC’s strategic plan to shift priorities from broadcast to digital services and outsource virtually all but news and current affairs programming is, on the whole, a sensible strategy – from a purely business perspective.

The thing is, however, that the public broadcaster is not a business in any conventional sense.

In a world of commercial sponsorship of media, both broadcast and online, the CBC’s purpose is to serve its audiences as citizens, rather than as consumers.

What CBC management has delivered is not a public broadcasting strategy but a business plan, one that further distances the corporation from its public-service mandate.

Read the full story here.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Exposed - CBC changes policy

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and executive vice-presidents Heather Conway and Louis Lalande faced questions about current business correspondent and TV host Amanda Lang and former radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

Conservative Senator Don Plett raised questions about Lang accepting money for speaking engagements.

The CBC recently changed its policy and has banned paid speaking engagements for on-air journalists after Lang made news headlines.

"My word, CBC is a public corporation. Your journalists are working for the public," Plett said.

Conway confirmed there is an ongoing investigation to examine if journalism was affected.

Read the full story.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CBC will drift and decline for years

Everyone agrees the CBC can’t go on like this. The CBC agrees it can’t go on like this. Announcing the latest round of layoffs and budget cuts, the corporation’s president, Hubert Lacroix, talked of “making choices and doing fewer things better,” of “accelerating the process of reinventing” itself in the face of a “media landscape [that] is transforming at an astounding speed.”

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. In a politics without ideas, under a government without ambition, that’s what we’ve learned to accept.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Support grows to privatize CBC new poll shows

A poll of 1,996 Canadians by Abacus Data found that 45% of those surveyed support or strongly support selling CBC compared to 34% who opposed the move, while 21% were undecided.

A previous Abacus poll on privatizing CBC found just 33% backed selling off the state broadcaster. This latest poll shows a 12% jump in support and it too crosses party lines. Fully 63% of self-identified Conservative voters back privatizing CBC. More Liberals backed privatization than opposed it, 45% versus 39%.

Read the full story.

Privatize the CBC - save 1.1 Billion per year!

At a time when the world faces an economic crisis, where Canadians are struggling to pay their bills, and where the Canadian government is undertaking a massive strategic review to cut $4 billion from the annual budget, why are Canadians still shelling out a massive $1.1 billion a year to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The Canadian government is not asking for anything revolutionary when it suggests that Crown corporations and ministries live within their means. Their review is aimed at identifying areas where greater efficiency is possible, and assuring that Canadians get good value for their tax dollars.

When considering the CBC’s funding, the guiding question should be “Why?” Why do they need $1.1 billion of taxpayers’ money? Why should they receive $32 from every Canadian when there are literally hundreds of news agencies out there that survive without tax money?

Read the full story here.

Exposed - CBC is fighting a battle in court

Vancouver is promoting employment of people with disabilities while CBC Ottawa goes to court to keep the disabled out of the workforce.

“Employment Matters” is a new CBC Vancouver documentary that promotes employment of people with learning disabilities on Canada’s west coast.

4,000 miles away on Canada’s east coast and smallest province, CBC is fighting a battle in court in September to keep the disabled from working. CBC President Hubert Lacroix approved funding for the PEI court case.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Selling CBC would be Bold but Right

In 1988, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney did what many considered impossible and privatized Air Canada over the objections of those who thought the government needed to own an airline.

 As a frequent flyer of many airlines, I can tell you that Air Canada is a much better airline today.

 The same can be said of Petro-Canada, which was sold beginning in 1990.

The organization learned to operate more efficiently and satisfy customers.

That was a privatization that was started by Mulroney but finally completed by the Liberal government of Paul Martin in 2004.

If Liberals and old Red Tories like Brian Mulroney can privatize government businesses, why can’t Stephen Harper?

Selling CBC would be a bold step but the right one.

It would help taxpayers by removing the $1.1-billion subsidy and it would also take government out of a line of business it has no right to be in.

Read the full story.

CBC is flipping on its head

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.

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.

Read the full story.

Monday, August 24, 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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

CBC Sued Over Alleged Use Of YouTube Clip

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has been sued in U.S. federal court over its use of a 31-second YouTube clip of a snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for western New York and first reported on by Torrentfreak, Alfonso Cutaia accuses the CBC and U.S. news network CNN of “intentional and willful” violation of copyright laws.

He says he monetized the video, opting to have ads run on it under a standard YouTube licensing contract.

In court filings, Cutaia says he received numerous requests to use the video from multiple news sources, but around Nov. 18, 2014, he noticed the CBC using the video on its website without his permission, and with a CBC logo overlaid on top of it.

He alleges he contacted CBC and was told last month the broadcaster had obtained the video under a 10-day licence from CNN. But Cutaia says CNN never had the rights to the video either, and the CBC made the clip available for much longer than 10 days.

Read the full story.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

CBC News Blurs Facts and Opinions

CBC must obey the Broadcasting Act, a law established by Parliament but the Corporation has failed to fulfill a key requirement of the Act.

CBC is no stranger to sidestepping rules and regulations. For example, Rex Murphy's weekly commentary on The National is supposed to be clearly identified as Mr. Murphy's opinion. When asked last year how viewers were supposed to know it was Mr. Murphy's opinion, not that of CBC, managers at first claimed a graphic, "Rex Murphy Point of View," appeared during the segment and then sheepishly had to admit that somehow it had been removed years ago.

The distinction between facts and opinion has gradually been blurred by CBC news, even by Peter Mansbridge, as he not only moderates opinion panels but participates in them.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Exposed - CBC managers have lost control

The Jian Ghomeshi and Evan Soloman scandals signal that CBC managers have lost control of CBC. The Corporation has resorted to hiring an outside labour lawyer to investigate what went wrong with management processes, an admission of failure. But the signs of trouble have been there for some time.

For over a decade CBC Presidents, who, along with the CBC Board of Directors, are appointed by the government, have hired outsiders to manage CBC English Radio and TV. Hubert Lacroix, the current President admitted when he accepted the job he knew very little about the CBC. For the President to in turn rely on outsiders to manage the programming services is a departure from a long practice of relying on staff who came up through CBC ranks to become vice-presidents.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CBC Tanks Despite Huge Advantage

The final numbers from the civic elections are in … and, no, I’m talking about the mail-in ballots.

This is about the IMPORTANT numbers … if you’re in the media, a media junkie …or an advertising buyer: election night TV ratings.

CBC had a HUGE advantage, going to its election coverage Saturday right out of Hockey Night in Canada …so in the opening moments the local Vancouver CBC outlet led all other stations … and then tanked, reportedly ending up third out of the three local network stations.

The winner: CTV … drawing 133,000 viewers… peaking at 183,800 at one point. And even I’m impressed with that …considering it was, after all, civic election results and on a Saturday night to boot.

Read the full story.

Monday, August 17, 2015

CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad

Last week, the Conservative party posted an offensive advertisement on YouTube and Facebook titled Justin Trudeau on ISIS. The ad starts with ISIS music and images of prisoners about be drowned or beheaded before running short edited clips from a 13 minute interview with Trudeau and the CBC’s Terry Milewski. The advertisement has rightly generated a backlash with questions about whether it violates Bill C-51′s prohibitions on terrorist propaganda.

Beyond the C-51 issue, the CBC waded into the issue late on Friday, as Jennifer McGuire, the CBC News Editor-in-Chief, posted a blog indicating that the broadcaster has asked YouTube and Facebook to take down the ad. The ostensible reason? Copyright.

The CBC is simply wrong. Its guiding principle is wrong and its attempt to use copyright to take down an offensive advertisement is wrong.

The CBC obviously has rights as the copyright owner in its broadcast, but those rights are constrained by limitations and exceptions under the law that allow for use of its work without the need for further permission. The CBC itself (like all broadcasters) regularly relies upon those exceptions to use the work of others without permission.

The CBC could raise some interesting moral rights arguments to counter the exceptions (if their employees have not waived their moral rights). However, the larger point is that its claim that no one can use any clips of its broadcasts without permission is inconsistent with the state of the law.

Read the full story.

Friday, August 14, 2015

CBC Complaint Review Process

The CBC Ombudsman handles complaints about journalistic content or conduct appearing on one of CBC’s three platforms (TV, radio or CBC.ca).
  1. Send your complaints or comments to the Office of the Ombudsman by email or regular mail as follows:
    ombudsman@cbc.ca
    Ombudsman
    CBC
    P.O. Box 500, Station A
    Toronto, ON, Canada M5W 1E6
    Please provide your name, mailing address and telephone number in case we need to get in touch with you.
For all details about this process please go here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

CBC President upset after being caught

CBC president Hubert Lacroix repaid nearly $30,000 in living and meal expenses last fall after an internal audit found he had been wrongly claiming accommodation costs since his 2008 appointment.

"Is it embarrassing to me? Am I upset, am I angry? I mean, I've been preaching transparency since day one. And here I am, in a conversation with you on Power & Politics about my expenses in Ottawa, and that's not acceptable to CBC, not acceptable to Radio-Canada either.​"

Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CBC Ombudsman recommends CBC news managers learn from mistakes

The complainant, Marc Poitras, objected to the characterization of a platform speech by the Liberal Party leader as “striking hopeful notes.” He’s right – there was no justification and it appeared to be editorializing in a news piece.

COMPLAINT

You wrote to highlight part of a story about a policy speech given by Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. The story, entitled “Justin Trudeau vows to end 1st-past-the-post voting in platform speech,” carried two bylines, Rosemary Barton and Trinh Theresa Do. You assumed the story had been written by Ms. Barton (reasonable assumption) and you thought she had editorialized in her characterization of the Liberal leader’s speech and the way it was contrasted with the Conservative Party’s policies. The line in question was this:

His speech struck many hopeful notes and drew a stark contrast between the Liberals and the “cynical” Conservatives under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

CBC Ombudsman REVIEW

I agree that this sentence falls short of CBC standards.

The difficulty here was that since the whole sentence was unclear, it might not have been obvious to you that this was in fact a quotation. It compressed so many thoughts into one short sentence that it lost clarity. It left the impression of bias.

On this score, the article fails. I recommend CBC news managers review how this happened so that those involved can learn from the mistake.

Read the full complaint and review here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CBC News reports unsubstantiated facts

The complainant, Scott Sorli, accused CBC News of “stenography journalism” and repeating unsubstantiated facts when it reported on a Sunday Times (of London) story. The story had only anonymous sources in Downing Street and the Foreign Office who claimed that Russia and China had cracked the code of some documents leaked by Edward Snowden and, as a result, British officials had to pull some spies. There is no policy prohibition on reporting other people’s work, but it isn’t the best journalism.

CBC Ombudsman - The reporting based on the Sunday Times work is an important reminder that once CBC News passes on the information, there is a responsibility to ensure that it fully conforms to CBC standards. Hindsight might have led to a different handling of the story, but there was no violation of policy.

Read the full report.

Monday, August 10, 2015

CBC Pays $85,000 Libel Suit

In a significant defamation case, the Colour Your World company has won $85,000 in damages against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for a report about the potential health hazards of mercury in latex paint.

Mr. Justice William P. Somers of the Ontario Court's General Division found the CBC liable for a 12-minute report broadcast on its Marketplace program in April 1990.

Read the full story.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Libel suit against the CBC

Tony Merchant, his wife Senator Pana Merchant, and his law firm have a launched a libel suit against the CBC according to a published report in the Regina Leader-Post.

The suit is over a report from earlier this year which says Merchant hid $1.7 million dollars in an offshore tax haven.

Merchant’s name was on a list of 450 Canadians revealed in documents leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington D.C. showing secret bank accounts for 130,000 wealthy people around the world.

Those records were obtained by the CBC and in April the broadcaster published a story saying Merchant moved the money overseas even when he was in a battle with the Canada Revenue Agency over taxes.

Read the full story.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

CBC locked in battle against a wheelchair advocat

CBC Charlottetown has been locked into a Human Rights Commission battle against a wheelchair advocate for over 5 years.

The legal tactics of the CBC lawyer handling the case raises many questions about the Public Broadcaster. The strategy of lawyer Alan Parish from Halifax is drag it out forever which is great for his fees but should a publicly funded news service be embroiled in such a costly and vexatious lawsuit vs Human Rights?

The wheel chair advocate has turned to ‘crowd source’ legal advice.CBC has spent over 100,000.00 dollars in legal fees to this stage, a similar case in Nova Scotia challenged a Judicial Review related to a Human Rights Commission complaint, it dragged on for over ten years and was then sent back to Human Rights hearings.

Parish has put the PEI Human Rights lawyer on notice that if she says one word in the Judicial Review application, CBC will go after them for costs too.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

High damages for libel against The Fifth Estate and the CBC awarded ...

If you thought that headline was a mouthful, try swallowing a damages award of $950,000 and a costs award over $800,000 as the CBC had to in the libel lawsuit brought by Dr. Frans Leenan.

 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.

The Supreme Court ruled against the CBC in February, with yet another costs award. Dr. Leenen’s long legal journey is over. The case should be a lesson for documentary producers and journalists everywhere.

Read the full story.

Lawsuit against CBC North

Mandeep Sidhu, a former Whitehorse mayoral candidate, is appealing a Yukon Supreme Court judge's decision to quash his lawsuit against CBC North.

Sidhu was seeking more than $2 million in damages over a CBC News online article from June 2013 that he says "cast him in a negative light.”

Despite changes to the story made after he emailed his complaints, Sidhu said in an interview earlier this year that it continues to harm his "public image and reputation.”

Ombudsman Esther Enkin wrote in her complaint review from August 2013 that the article lacked context and misrepresented the events of the case.

"Accuracy is a fundamental in journalism. It is set out in CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices. This story is imprecise and sloppy.

"The coverage fell short of the standards of CBC journalism. There was no obvious bias, but there was inadequate reporting,” Enkin concluded.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

AARC lawsuit against the CBC

In February 2009, AARC became the subject of controversy when former patients accused the clinic of abuse and medical malpractice.

On February 13, the CBC newsmagazine the fifth estate aired an investigative report called "Powerless", in which former patients specified alleged instances of abuse at AARC.

On 15 April 2011, AARC commenced a lawsuit against the CBC. The CBC is defending the action. In that lawsuit, AARC denies the suggestion that it failed to investigate reports of abuse.

It is easy to present an inaccurate view when only part of the story is told and video clips are edited to show only the negative.

See the complete Wikipedia article here.

Monday, August 03, 2015

CBC ordered to pay record award to Dr Frans Leenen

Dr. Frans Leenen thought his professional reputation had been left in tatters when the CBC broadcast a public affairs program on the use of calcium-channel blockers in 1996. Four years later, the CBC knows exactly how he felt.

In a blistering judgement released Apr. 20, Mr. Justice J.D. Cunningham of the Ontario Superior Court found the fifth estate guilty of acting with malice against the Ottawa hypertension specialist. He ordered the CBC to pay Leenen $950 000 in general, aggravated and punitive damages, plus his legal costs. Richard Dearden, one of the Ottawa lawyers who has represented Leenen since his suit was launched in 1996, says those costs will total more than $1 million.

Leenen now has the dubious distinction of being part of Canadian legal history. "This is the largest [defamation] award against the media in the history of the country," says a jubilant Dearden.

Read the full story.