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, February 29, 2016

The CBC under Lacroixs control

A ten per cent cut to the CBC’s annual budget has been announced, with hundreds of jobs set to disappear over the next couple years and maybe even into 2020.

Cuts are planned for 400 jobs by March of next year with another 400 by March 2016. It is possible that by 2020, another 400 jobs at the CBC will be lost with no one filling in those roles.

Read the full story.

Friday, February 26, 2016

CBC squares off against information commissioner

CBC may demand accountability from the government, but Canada's taxpayer-funded broadcaster is going to court once again in order to keep its own affairs secret.

The CBC will square off against the information commissioner, an independent officer of Parliament, in a Montreal courtroom Sept. 13. After hearing from a number of sources, including Sun Media, about problems with CBC's response to access to information requests, the commissioner subpoenaed a number of files. The CBC refused.

It's not the first run in between the state broadcaster and the Access to Information Act. The CBC became subject to the act in 2007, since then close to 900 complaints have been filed. While some of those cases were resolved and a small number were found to be without merit, as of June the information commissioner had 498 active complaints against CBC.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

CBC disappointed in court decision

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling appears to open the way to adding invasion of privacy claims to defamation lawsuits against journalists, says a defamation lawyer.

On Aug. 31, Justice Graeme Mew released the reasons for his July 17 decision on a motion in Chandra v. CBC. The motion, brought by the CBC, sought to have the court decide that it shouldn’t put an invasion of privacy claim to the jury that the plaintiff had added to his original defamation case.

“Can a plaintiff who has sued a broadcaster for defamation in connection with a television program also maintain a claim for general damages for invasion of privacy?” Mew asked at the beginning of his reasons for his decision.

His answer: Yes, but in this case at least, with some limitations.

The CBC’s lawyer, Christine Lonsdale, a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, says the CBC is disappointed the court rejected its argument against the privacy claim.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Complaints about CBC news

Complaints about CBC news or journalistic practices

The Office of the CBC Ombudsman is responsible for evaluating compliance of CBC news and current affairs content with the CBC’s journalistic policies. It is an independent and impartial body that reports directly to the President of the CBC. The CBC Ombudsman will review complaints about the news programming of CBC radio and TV, as well as CBC’s internet and social media news content.

Open letter to CBC president Hubert Lacroix

Dear Mr. Lacroix.

I’m not sure this open letter will reach you before some CBC middle manager deletes all links to TV Feeds My Family–if they haven’t already. But here goes.

The news you had to deliver Thursday in those town hall meetings was terrible. CBC will eliminate 657 jobs over two years and get out of the sports TV business in order to address a $130 million budget shortfall. Ouch.

This isn’t, as you are sadly all too aware, the first time hundreds of jobs have been slashed at CBC. In 2009, 800 positions were cut. In 2012, another 650 lost their jobs.

Almost as big a shock, however it that there are still 6,994 permanent, 859 contract and 329 temporary CBC employees. That’s an army. Despite all this talk of cutting way past the bone, could there still be too many chiefs?

Read the full letter here.

Monday, February 22, 2016

CBC facing backlash

CBC personalities including Peter Mansbridge, David Suzuki and Linden MacIntyre are speaking out against a CBC proposal to shut down in-house production of documentaries at the public broadcaster.
Anna Maria Tremonti, Carol Off and Nahlah Ayed have also signed the petition calling on the CBC to protect its documentary department by placing it under its News and Current Affairs division.

“CBC Television, to be true to its core mandate, needs more long-form journalism and legacy programming — not less,” states the letter, sent to president Hubert Lacroix and head of English services Heather Conway.

Read the full story.

Friday, February 19, 2016

MLA files lawsuit against CBC

Saskatchewan Party MLA Bill Boyd has filed a lawsuit against the CBC and one of its reporters.

It is in regard to the recent stories about a $21 million land deal by the Global Transportation Hub of which Boyd was chair.

The provincial auditor is now investigating the land sale and any other transactions related to it.

The lawsuit argues the stories are misleading and allege the MLA acted unlawfully.

The CBC has not yet filed any defence.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

CBC Subsidy Unjustified

If there were a truth-in-advertising law for campaign signs, the “We Vote CBC” signs would have to read “We Vote to Have Everyone Else Subsidize our Ideological and Cultural Preferences.” Because even if you agree with the CBC, its supporters and unions that Mother Corp is “woefully underfunded,” it is still the only broadcaster in the country that gets nearly a billion tax dollars a year.
Despite all the whining by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting and other slathering devotees of the CBC, all other Canadian TV channels and radio services – combined – do not get the kind of money that flows into the CBC year after year. And for that money, Mother Corp mostly produces dreadful, dull, preachy, biased or unfunny television that almost no one watches.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Get the CBC out of the free market

With $1.2-billion in direct government subsidies (2013) and $330-million in declining advertising revenue, the CBC is as far from being a “market-based” enterprise as an enterprise can get. As the corporation’s annual report makes clear, the CBC’s self-described “business model” is “not profit oriented and all sources of funds are used to fulfill its public broadcasting mandate.”

But the great non-profit shell game is coming to an end. Even CBC executives concede there’s trouble ahead. In TV and radio, the old CBC is struggling to recalibrate its strategy. “Conventional television still remains at the heart of the broadcasting system, but its business model is dying,” said Mr. Lacroix at the Let’s Talk TV hearings, which end this week in Ottawa.

The great flux in the broadcasting industry does not mean, however, that the CBC is about to abandon its core business strategy, which is capitalizing on its inherent contradictions and shifting its arguments as the world turns around it. Not too long ago, CBC said its Radio 2 network’s business model (free cash from taxpayers) was busted, so it decided to begin accepting commercials. As a result, Radio 2, once defended by CBC as an ideologically pure commercial-free disseminator of essential Canadian music and other public affairs, now rakes in revenue from a host of advertisers.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CBC has former apparatchik in a senior policy position

We just had to share this very insightful letter from a new follower:
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Dear CBC Exposed,

According to a report from the Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/cbc-appoints-womens-advocate-alex-johnston-as-new-vp-of-strategy-and-public-affairs/article28671805/

One Alex Johnston (a daughter of GG Johnston) was hired by the CBC as a vice-president of policy. She had spent the last several years as head of a lobby group lobbying for higher percentages of women on corporate boards. But  before that she served as a senior policy advisor in Dalton McGuinty’s premier’s office, where she worked closely with Gerald Butts (then chief of staff under McGuinty). Note that Mr. Butts is chief of staff in PM Justin Trudeau’s office.

In a Maclean’s article:
http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/how-gerald-butts-plans-to-make-justin-trudeau-the-next-prime-minister/

Ms. Johnston makes the following comment (scroll half-way down the article) about McGuinty and Butts:

“They found in each other a shared sense of values,” says Alex Johnston, McGuinty’s executive director for policy. “It wasn’t just public policy, but the way they envisioned the future. They were very sympatico. Not similar, sympatico. It was a beautiful thing to watch.”

Anyways, the CBC has a former McGuinty/Butts apparatchik in a senior policy position.

Hope you can use this.

Sincerely,

"A New Follower"

Monday, February 15, 2016

What Canadians want from the CBC

Mélanie Joly, the new minister responsible for the CBC, must decide what to do about our national broadcaster. The Liberals made a campaign promise to increase funding of the publicly owned broadcaster by $150-million annually, but CBC has only said the money would be used for “deepening our connection” with Canadians.

What do Canadians want from their public broadcaster? 

Would people even notice that CBC-TV was gone? Is CBC’s all-news channel more important than the main channel? Should CBC be airing the Olympics or sports at all? If CBC were only available online, would Canadians still watch and listen? Are CBC Web services more or less important than Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Netflix?

The minister should collect relevant industry data on how the CBC spends the public money it currently receives and the commercial revenue it generates. Ask experts for suggestions on how CBC could be more efficient with our money and what incentives could be put in place to increase efficiency. Should CBC be in the business of renting its buildings or airwaves to private interests? Should CBC be competing with newspapers and online media for readers and advertisers? Just how much revenue do all those new CBC Internet services generate, which CBC has never revealed?

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 12, 2016

CBC riddled-with-loopholes special

The following "Opinion Piece" was sent to us by a reader:

Before unmasking last week’s riddled-with-loopholes CBC special, “Face to Face with the Prime Minister”, I’d like to commend the 10 participants of the show for having the courage to go on national television to share their hardships with millions of Canadians, and for also earnestly trying their best to hold our new PM to account–despite the cards being stacked against them and there being little of a track record to review. The participants are all far more lionhearted than myself and many of our compatriots. Bravo to these 10 Canadians for seizing the opportunity to stand up for what is dear to their hearts. So please do not misconstrue the below in any way as an attack on these wonderful Canadian citizens.

That being said, the way the CBC and Justin Trudeau and co. set up this supposedly avant-garde interviewing process–according to Peter Mansbridge, “like nothing you’ve ever seen”–they should be ashamed of themselves. This piss-poor yellow journalism reeks on so many levels. So without further ado, allow me to turn this gimmicky production inside out with a gimmicky top ten listicle of its abominations.

See the Top Ten list here!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

CBC Calgary apologizes

CBC Calgary apologizes after 'graffiti' campaign to promote local newscasts leads to some trouble with city bylaw.

On paper, CBC Calgary’s guerilla campaign to promote its local newscasts was a fun idea — on pavement not so much.

Leaving #whywhyc in chalk in several locations around the city, graffiti style, recently ran the news organization afoul of our bylaw officers.

And Tuesday they copped up to it and said they were sorry.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The CBCs Ugliest Secret

It’s hard to overstate the understated reaction from CBC top brass in the face of a damning report on how the public broadcaster bungled workplace complaints involving Jian Ghomeshi, the fired Q radio show host.

CBC president Hubert Lacroix described the findings by lawyers Janice Rubin and Parisa Nikfarjam, released on Thursday, as “troubling and disappointing.” The CBC is “committed to creating a workplace where safety and respect for one another is a fundamental attribute and non-negotiable,” he insisted.

Given the nasty secrets the report aired, Lacroix should be more than “disappointed” in his management team. How about ashamed, and furious?

The CBC’s ugliest secret, until Ghomeshi blew himself out of the water, is that it tolerated, even condoned, a radio show host who abused his colleagues. The CBC’s failure to rein in Ghomeshi showed utter disregard for respect and safety in the workplace. And the abuse continued for years.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

CBC scandals fueling public apathy

With So Many Scandals, Why Should We Save the CBC?

Evan Solomon is out of a job. The Toronto Star uncovered secret commissions that Solomon pocketed from art deals he facilitated. The CBC fired their star journalist just 2 hours after the damning article appeared online.

This is the latest in a string of scandals which have rocked the national broadcaster in the past 12 months.

The CBC brass need to pay attention to the general public's growing apathy towards an institution too often in the news for the wrong reasons. Uncomfortable corporate silences. Lingering questions. Unanswered inquiries. CBC fans can't explain this riddle to themselves, much less to lukewarm listeners.

See the list of scandals here.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Report states CBC management condoned Ghomeshi's behaviour

CBC failed to provide its staff a workplace "free from disrespectful and abusive behaviour," says the report of an independent investigator hired to examine the corporation's handling of the behaviour of former radio and television host Jian Ghomeshi.

Janice Rubin, a Toronto employment lawyer with expertise in the field of workplace harassment, says in the report that Ghomeshi's behaviour violated CBC standards, and that his behaviour was "considered to create an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment."

The report says that as information was shared "upwards," it had a tendency to become "diluted."

"Less prevalent, but also present in a small number of cases, was behaviour that constituted sexual harassment," the report says, although it asserts that management was unaware of any complaints or allegations about sexual harassment.

It also says management failed to take steps in accordance with its own policies.

"It is our conclusion that CBC management condoned this behaviour."​​

Read the full story.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Canadian Media Guild calls for CBC President Hubert Lacroix to step down

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.

“Along with constant cuts to staff – more than 25 per cent of workers laid off in five years – this damage is the vision of this President and Board.”

Read the full story.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Amanda Lang leaving CBC after controversy

Discussions that led business journalist Amanda Lang to leave the CBC and join the new Bloomberg TV Canada channel began a year ago. Ms. Lang, who has been a CBC host and business correspondent since 2009, leaves the public broadcaster after Friday’s episode of The Exchange with Amanda Lang to produce and host a new, twice-weekly evening program called Bloomberg North. 

But she is also departing the CBC after a year when controversy dogged her coverage, as well as her paid speaking work outside the broadcaster. There were reports of clashes with colleagues and suggestions she was pro-business. And the CBC took the unusual step of investigating her coverage back to 2013, particularly of Royal Bank of Canada, as Ms. Lang was in a relationship with a member of RBC’s board.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Libel Award Against CBC Makes Legal History

Ottawa MD makes legal history with huge libel award against CBC 

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.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Will CBC Suspend Online Comments on Israel-Related Articles Too?

We read with great interest about the CBC’s decision to suspend online comments, albeit temporarily, on indigenous-related stories on the CBC’s website.

HonestReporting Canada is a staunch free speech defender and encourages a very wide marketplace of ideas, but we – like the CBC – draw the line when it comes to abusive and hateful commentary, especially incendiary remarks that target and demonize Jews and supporters of Israel.

Recently, HRC respectfully requested that CBC suspend message boards on Israel-related stories too in light of the hateful comments – especially during the current conflict –even if this was a temporary measure towards a long term solution.

While we appreciate the CBC’s reply and its recognizing that Middle East stories feature many comments which “outright violate” its commenting guidelines, CBC’s response was regretfully evasive. CBC, by its own admission, has prioritized Aboriginal related articles above all other minorities and faith-based groups, despite Jews being one of the most targeted groups for hate crimes in Canada.

Read the full story.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ghomeshi trial may reopen CBC wounds

When allegations of sexual assault emerged against Jian Ghomeshi in the fall of 2014, the CBC was still reeling from deep budget cuts and job losses.

The subsequent Ghomeshi scandal — which would culminate in criminal charges and an external review blaming CBC management for condoning workplace harassment — then made way for allegations of conflict of interest around some of its other big stars, senior business correspondent Amanda Lang and Power and Politics host Evan Solomon.

It was a time of turmoil for the public broadcaster, faced with bad press at home and abroad. Recently, things had begun to settle down, with a new host at Ghomeshi’s former radio show Q and a Liberal government promising to reinvest in the CBC.

Now, the Ghomeshi scandal — undoubtedly one of the lowest points in the CBC’s history — is about to be revisited as his sexual assault trial begins in Toronto on Monday.

Read the full story.