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, November 30, 2015

Exposed- CBC Pension Plan Surplus

Excerpts from the 2014 CBC Pension Plan Annual Report

Net Assets have increased again this year to $6.16 billion at December 31, 2014 (2013: $5.34 billion);

The Going Concern surplus is $1.5 billion (2013: $849 million) and results in a Going Concern funding ratio of 132% (2013: 119%);

The Plan’s ratio of assets to liabilities on a going concern basis increased substantially during the year and ended the year at 132%. More simply put, the Plan had approximately $1.32 of assets for each dollar of pension plan obligations. The Plan’s positive going concern funding status indicates the financial strength of the Plan and its ability to fulfill its pension obligations on a going concern basis. The going concern basis assumes that the Plan will continue to operate and achieve its long term assumed rates of return. The increase in the going concern funding ratio was achieved while the Plan continued to pay out $274 million of pension payments to retirees and surviving spouses during the year.

Read the full report here.

Friday, November 27, 2015

CBC Ombudsman - Amanda Lang Violated CBC Policy

The complainant, Rod Murphy, was one of many people who expressed concern about a conflict of interest when senior business correspondent Amanda Lang interviewed the CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada, because of her personal involvement with a board member, and because she had spoken at events partly sponsored by RBC. I found that there was a violation of conflict of interest policy because of the personal connection.

You were one of 67 people who wrote to express concern about the involvement of CBC News’s senior business correspondent, Amanda Lang, in the coverage of a story involving the Royal Bank of Canada, its use of foreign workers and outsourcing of work.

There were allegations that Ms. Lang had attempted to “sabotage” the story and prevent it from going to air. There were accusations of conflict of interest because Ms. Lang had been paid to speak at events which were sponsored by RBC. It was also subsequently revealed that Ms. Lang is in a relationship with a member of the board of RBC. You and many others thought that Ms. Lang was in a conflict of interest when she involved herself with the stories, and was wrong not to reveal her personal relationship with a RBC board member when she interviewed Gordon Nixon, the CEO of Royal Bank, to get his response to the CBC stories about his bank’s practices concerning the use of foreign workers and outsourcing.

CBC policy was violated in the case of Ms. Lang’s involvement in the coverage of RBC.

Read the full story.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Exposed - CBC Policy Violated

The complainant, Sherry Currie, owns a travel agency in New Brunswick. Her service was the subject of a story because it took over six months to provide a refund to a client for a cancelled trip. The facts of the story were correct but CBC News in Halifax did not wait long enough to get Ms. Currie’s side of the story. The more it is a matter of reputation, the more the effort needed to get the other side.

You had several objections to this story. You wrote that the reporter, Yvonne Colbert, had attempted to reach you by email on March 25, informing you that the story would run that evening. You said you were on the road and not able to check your messages and you were not given a sufficient amount of time to get in touch to give your version of events.

I appreciate the pressure of deadlines in daily news coverage, but there was nothing that would have been lost waiting longer for a response. The information you provided would have certainly contributed to the “fairness and completeness of the story.” Fairness is one of the core values listed in CBC News Journalistic Standards and Practices. In this regard, the story violated CBC policy.

The lack of clarity undermines the accuracy and fairness of the story. Getting it right and providing fair coverage trumps deadlines.

Read the full report.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Conflicting stories on the CBC in Crisis

CEO Hubert Lacroix says the CBC has healthy ratings, but is crippled by a broken funding model. 

Read the full story here.

CBC TV has an audience crisis, according to the most recent data released by CBC. The metrics CBC uses to measure performance run the gamut from content percentages to revenues obtained from advertising and other sources. One needs to be an expert in audience measurement to work their way through this maze of information. I doubt that many CBC Board members or senior managers understand or could explain it all.

Read the full story here.

Is there a crisis?  YOU be the judge!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix loses confidence of Canadian Media Guild

Today, after much consideration and discussion, the Canadian Media Guild took the unprecedented step of publicly declaring our lack of confidence in the CBC/Radio-Canada President and Board of Directors.

Mr. Lacroix and the CBC/Radio-Canada Board’s failure to step​-​up has broken our confidence in their ability to lead Canada’s largest journalistic organization and national public broadcaster.

Read the full story.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Union demands CBC President Hubert Lacroix step down

The two main unions representing CBC workers are demanding that president and CEO Hubert Lacroix and the board of directors step down for failing to defend public broadcasting.

"We all as Canadians have to think again about what we want at the CBC," Isabelle Montpetit, president of the union representing employees at Radio-Canada, CBC's French service, tells As it Happens host Carol Off. Montpetit's union, Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC), is asking its members to sign a petition calling for these resignations.

Both Lacroix and the board of directors were appointed by the outgoing Conservative government. Montpetit accuses Lacroix of failing to defend the public broadcaster in his years as president.

Read the full story.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another CBC Executive harassment allegation

A top CBC official who called for a more respectful workplace has apologized for her own behaviour to one of her senior staff.

Heather Conway, executive vice-president of English Services for the public broadcaster, was recently accused of harassing Neil McEneaney, sources told the Star.

In the wake of McEneaney’s informal complaint, CBC has hired an outside firm to conduct a review of the conduct of senior managers including Conway.

Read the full story.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

CBC Gives Platform To Claim of Israeli Terrorism

CBC Gives Platform to Palestinian Organization’s Claim that Israel is Carrying Out ISIS Like Terror Attacks.

Yesterday, CBC News’ website abhorrently gave a platform to a press release issued by the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba (CPAM) which claimed that Israel is carrying out terror attacks in the same vein as ISIS’ recent massacres in Paris and in Beirut.

In this disgraceful attempt at drawing a moral equivalence and lumping Israel in with the scourge of radical Islam perpetrated by ISIS, CPAM claimed Israel committed “terror” in a raid on a Palestinian hospital. What CBCNews.ca failed to report and which we called on their editors to address in a complaint sent yesterday, is that the individual who was “dragged away”, as the CBC put it, was a Palestinian terrorist who Israel claims had stabbed an Israeli civilian and who was recuperating and hiding in this hospital. Furthermore, the 28-year-old man who was “shot dead” at the hospital was a known Hamas operative who Israel claims had attacked its soldiers who were acting in self-defence. This individual was, according to the Canadian government, a terrorist. CBC ignored all this vital context.

Furthermore, it was equally troubling that Israeli security forces where referred to by the CBC only as “two dozen Israeli gunmen” – as if they were random individuals who carried out a terror attack against Palestinians at a hospital. Would CBC ever dare label RCMP officers carrying out an arrest raid solely as “Toronto gunmen”? We think not.

Read the full story.

BBC to Cut $228 Million from Costs

The U.K. publicly-funded broadcaster BBC has set out details of how it plans to cut £150 million ($228 million) from its costs to plug a hole in its finances.

The shortfall has arisen because fewer people are buying the U.K. television license, which is the main source of funding for the broadcaster.

About £50 million ($76.1 million) will be saved by cutting the number of corporate divisions and senior management positions. Also, there will be fewer layers between the top and bottom of the organization.

The BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “The BBC has and is doing everything possible to make sure the impact on the public is minimized. Wherever possible we’re targeting savings by creating a simpler, leaner BBC.

Read the full story here.

Note to CBC - saving millions by cutting senior management positions?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Exposed - CBC TV in Crisis

CBC’s Audience Crisis: CBC TV Audience is Down 40%, Lowest in History.

CBC TV has an audience crisis, according to the most recent data released by CBC. CBC is required by the government to report on its financial and audience performance on a quarterly basis. Quarterly reporting began in 2011-12. Reports are issued for the first three quarters of the year and the annual report presents results for the full year.

The prime time share of CBC TV is reported as 5.3% at the mid-point of the TV season. This is a loss of over 40% compared to the 9.3% share in 2010-11.

Worth noting: CBC radio’s share is now three times larger than the audience share of CBC TV.

There has been some public debate about whether or not CBC is in crisis. The CBC’s latest report confirms that many programs on the main TV service, despite efforts to be more “popular,” have fallen to audience levels not much greater than many specialty channels.

Those who deny the crisis fail to realize that Canadians prefer Duck Dynasty to most CBC shows, including the national news.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CBC ratings slip again

Despite much finger-crossing at CBC Television, its new reality show The One: Making a Music Star continued its dismal showing on the public airwaves. Viewership plunged further during the second week of the George Stroumboulopoulos-hosted show to 150,000 on Tuesday night, compared with 236,000 viewers it drew from 9 to 11 the previous week.

The ratings winner of the musical-talent showdown Tuesday night was CTV's Canadian Idol (with 1.65-million viewers), while Global's Rock Star: Supernova delivered 1.28-million, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Industry watchers say CBC -- which simulcasts The One with ABC -- basically has three choices: cancel it, move it, or tough it out.

Read the full story.

Monday, November 16, 2015

CBC Peter Mansbridge Secret relationship

Why did Peter Mansbridge keep his relationship with top Trudeau Liberals a secret?

Like the fact that Mansbridge jetted to Italy to preside over the luxury wedding of Kate Purchase, Justin Trudeau’s director of communications, to Perry Tsergas, another top Liberal operative?

And why was Kate Purchase’s father, Bruce Anderson, allowed to have a seat on Mansbridge’s exclusive “At Issue” TV panel for years — even though he was in an obvious conflict of interest?

What other private dealings does Mansbridge have with the ruling Liberal Party that he hasn’t disclosed?

This is a shocking story.

But it has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media. Imagine their national freak-out if a top CBC journalist had a personal relationship with Stephen Harper’s communications director — and put his father on a CBC panel. What a double-standard!

How can the CBC even pretend to be independent and unbiased now?

Read the full story.

Friday, November 13, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix steps over the line

No doubt for the people working for the federal government over the past 10 years, things have been difficult at times.

But the government was duly elected and the responsibility of public servants is to follow through on the path Canadians have chosen. If you don’t like it, you deal with it quietly.

Hubert Lacroix, the president of the CBC, stepped way over the mark when he lamented the Harper years and welcomed the new government.

“It’s been a tough time for us over the last years: shrinking resources, perhaps not the kind of connection with the government that you would like a public broadcaster to have,” Lacroix said. “Now we have a government that wants to engage in these conversations, a government that has said great things about the broadcaster. It has been a long time for me in this chair waiting for this moment. I finally have a person that wants to talk to us and has an interest in this future.”

Lacroix’s public comments were unbecoming of the head of a Crown corporation. Even if the government isn’t saying “great things” about you, the head of the CBC should simply do his job as effectively as possible and address any concerns privately. If another party promises more money, rise above rubbing your hands with gratuitous delight when it gets elected. That’s especially important because the CBC doesn’t just report to the government; it’s a media organization that reports on it.

Read the full story.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

CBC is not the public’s broadcaster

CBC reporters and producers affirming their assumed superiority by churning out a constant stream of intellectual bigotry.

With the CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to a specialty channel-like 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract, according to Canadian Media Research, it’s worth asking again what has gone wrong with the Mother Corp and what should be done about it? The answer to the first question is that it no longer represents ordinary Canadians to themselves in a way they like or even recognize. 

Someone recently observed that the CBC is not about Canadian programming but programming Canadians to its enlightened view of how the world should work.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Exposed - Liberal Record on CBC

Note: this is a Press Release from the "Friends of Canadian Broadcasting" dated Oct 31, 2000
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Jean Chrétien’s Liberals may be set to offer Canadians election goodies to improve CBC, but can we count on them to deliver? Their record gives cause for doubt.

This will not be the first time Mr. Chrétien has made big promises about CBC. During the 1993 election, seven years ago, almost to the day, Mr. Chrétien promised a Liberal government would provide CBC long term stable funding. The now famous Liberal Red Book contained this empty commitment:

“A Liberal government will be committed to stable, multiyear financing for national cultural institutions such as the Canada Council and the CBC”.

After winning a majority government in 1993, the Liberals went to work on the CBC. During the next four years CBC’s budget was cut faster and deeper than any most other departments or agencies of government. When the dust had settled by 1997, CBC funding had been cut by more than $400 million – or about 33%. The Liberals' post-election cuts to CBC even exceeded the Reform Party’s 1993 campaign promise to cut $365 million from CBC.

During the 1997 election, Liberal policy again cited the important nation-building role of CBC and called for stable funding. The Liberals once again promised stable CBC funding, but not before cutting its budget again. These cuts took the form of eliminating CBC’s guaranteed access to the publicly financed Canadian Television Fund, a move that cost CBC a further $26 million per year.

Read the full release here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CBC president Hubert Lacroix - System Is Broken


In a heated town hall with employees, CBC president Hubert Lacroix faced calls to resign. He said the broadcaster must transform itself from a “producer to a multi-platform broadcaster” in order to stay afloat.

He said that advertising revenues have shifted to global players like Facebook and Google and financial support for public broadcasters has decreased. Even conventional private broadcasters are not profitable, he said.

The system is broken,” he said. “Meantime, as these shifts are happening, large numbers continue to watch television and listen to radio in traditional ways. In fact, Canadians on average are watching more television, not less.

Read the full story.

Monday, November 09, 2015

CBC EXECUTIVE SUITE ESCAPES CUTS

The cuts at CBC did nothing to the overpaid and talent depleted executive suite at the broadcaster. Clearly, Herbert Lacroix has been asleep at the wheel.

 CBC has refused to show where the money goes for years, all top “celebrity” contract’s are hidden from public view, for “privacy” reasons naturally.

Lacroix is destroying a publicly funded institution in public, while Mansbridge, Stephen and Chris et all all enriched far beyond the level of pay they ever would receive “privately” with public funds.

Beyond the terrible corporate performance, Herbert was found in audits for double dipping living expenses for years for 40,000.00 dollars. He reluctantly paid the money back and the corporation considers the matter closed. Herbert circumstances were identical to Mike Duffy except there was no CBC coverage of the CEO of CBC Herbert.

Read the full story.

Friday, November 06, 2015

CBC Looking at Household Fee?

CEO Hubert Lacroix says the CBC has healthy ratings, but is crippled by a broken funding model.

“It’s not about a lack of audience,” he said after the CBC’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg on Tuesday. “It’s about a broken finance model that doesn’t work, that used to be built on advertising revenues supporting a drop in parliamentary appropriations. In this environment, it doesn’t work anymore.”

The 2012 federal budget cut CBC’s funding by $115 million over three years. Last year, the broadcaster said it faced a $130-million shortfall — compounded by the loss of broadcast rights to NHL games — and was cutting 657 jobs.

Germany has a household fee, which others are interested in adopting as people increasingly turn to digital platforms, Lacroix said.

“People are no longer buying television sets. We should have a conversation about what’s the best funding model for us. We can’t continue in this environment.”

The CBC plans to focus on its digital platform and has a goal of doubling its users to 18 million a month by 2020, he told the meeting.

Read the full story.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

CBC strategy completely incoherent

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

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

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

This fiscal year, the CBC will receive almost $1.04-billion dollars of public money, according to the main estimates.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

CBC Employees make more than Prime Minister

Note from Wikipedia - Canadian Prime Minister's annual salary of CA$163,700. (A prime minister additionally earns the normal salary of a Member of Parliament: $163,700.) - total of $327,400.00
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Four employees involved in CBC broadcasts earn more than $300,000 a year, taking home on average about $485,667 annually in total compensation. But the public broadcaster won’t identify who they are.

The numbers are contained in a document sent to a Senate committee that is studying the challenges facing the CBC. The document includes the salary ranges and total compensation ranges for upper management, as well as how much those executives could earn in the private sector.

See more plus salary disclosures here.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Canadian Media Guild Loses Confidence in Hubert Lacroix

After much consideration and discussion, the Canadian Media Guild took the unprecedented step of publicly declaring a lack of confidence in the CBC/Radio-Canada President and Board of Directors.

We join with our colleagues represented by the SCRC (the union that represents 3,000 Radio-Canada employees in Québec and New Brunswick) to ask for an end to the leadership of a team that is implementing a plan to weaken the public broadcaster, and that has lost our confidence.

Six months ago, we asked Hubert Lacroix to be honest with Canadians about the crisis at CBC/Radio-Canada, and to publicly fight for the funding necessary to continue creating original Canadian programs and deliver quality news in communities across the country.

Read the full story.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Calls for CBC President Hubert Lacroix to step down growing

Despite the incoming Liberal government’s vow to reverse funding reductions to the CBC, the broadcaster’s top brass are still planning layoffs and production cuts, two unions that represent CBC/Radio-Canada employees say.

The Canadian Media Guild, which represents CBC workers, and the SCRC, which represents Radio-Canada workers, issued a statement Thursday calling for CBC President Hubert Lacroix and the entire board of directors to step down

Instead of fighting for a strong​ ​CBC/Radio-Canada​,​ ​accessible on different platforms, they have announced that even if the funding is restored, they will continue with the plan to diminish CBC/Radio-Canada,” the unions said in a statement.

Read the full story.