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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Did CBC's Peter Mansbridge miss the mark?

Canada's having a national debate about how the criminal justice system handles cases of sexual assault.

A good opportunity to ask some big questions about this issue came Tuesday night when CBC's Peter Mansbridge interviewed Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer, Marie Henein.

Although she had a good suggestion about increasing resources for the Crown, some thought Mansbridge missed the mark, engaging in a basic discussion about how things work instead of honing in on the bigger structural problems in the criminal justice system that surfaced during the trial.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CBC President Hubert Lacroix makes a lot of money

Tough times don't necessarily mean lean times for some of Canada's top public servants. As many Canadians lose their jobs or struggle to make ends meet, Canada Post president Moya Green is eligible for a $641,000 public pay packet in base salary and performance bonus. While that's less than some CEOs in the private sector, it's more than double the prime minister's annual remuneration and five times more than the governor general's pay.

A Sun Media survey of top government appointees shows most of the highest-paid bureaucrats head up Crown corporations. Karen Kingsley, president of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. and CBC president Hubert Lacroix are both eligible to earn more than a half-million dollars a year in salary and bonuses ...

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WikiLeaks Reveals CBC May Be Sold

WikiLeaks Reveals the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Canada Post May Be Sold Under TPP Agreement.

A secret letter leaked by WikiLeaks on Wednesday reveals that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Canada Post could be sold under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, being negotiated by Canada and 11 other countries this week in Maui, Hawaii.

The confidential letter, titled, “State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Issues for Ministerial Guidance” (PDF), reveals the perils Canada’s key Crown Corporations now face under the Harper government’s burgeoning privatization and trade agenda.

The leaked document was prepared for a TPP Ministerial Meeting held in Singapore in December, 2013. According to the whistle-blowing website, the document “indicates a wide-ranging privatisation and globalisation strategy” whose main aim is to undermine state-owned enterprises (SOEs) – publicly owned corporations whose mandate is to deliver the public good with no or minimal commercial considerations. That will change under the TPP.

Read the full story.

Monday, March 28, 2016

CBC was in a direct conflict of interest

Budget 2016 is all about payback for the CBC and its cheerleading coverage of Justin Trudeau's march to power.

With its hand firmly inside the public purse, this budget will give the public broadcaster $675 million over the coming term, starting with a $75-million cheque this year.

This approach ignores the notion the CBC and its often elitist programming should stand on its own two feet. If what the so-called mother corporation generates attracts enough of an audience, it ought to be able to make its way without reaching into your pocket or mine.

But there's another reason this entire scenario leaves a sour taste in the mouths of many. During the entire election campaign, it was evident to anyone who cared to pay attention that the CBC was in a direct conflict of interest.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Increased CBC funding requires accountability plan

A $675-million pledge by the Liberal government – which includes $75-million in new funds for the rest of this fiscal year followed by an extra $150-million annually through 2021 – is the anticipated centrepiece of an array of new cultural spending totalling nearly $1.9-billion over the next five years. 

But the increased funding may come with strings attached. While Tuesday’s budget promises the government is “reinvesting and re-engaging” with the public broadcaster to ensure its “long-term sustainability,” it also requires that the CBC work with government “to develop a five-year accountability plan,” the details of which are not yet clear.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Trudeau saves CBC from extinction

For the second time since the election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government last fall, you could hear all employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) breathing a big sigh of relief.

The struggling public broadcaster received a reprieve from the new federal government after plans were announced today to provide the network with a $675-million investment over five years. CBC will receive a $75 million boost this year, followed by a $150 million annual increase until 2021.

More than 2,800 positions have been eliminated at the CBC since 2008 due to the Conservative government and changes in the media landscape. The network has lost its once-proud sports department, which is no longer capable of broadcasting professional sports.

The latest plan indicated the CBC would pull away from television and radio and focus more of its resources on digital and mobile platforms.

Read the full story here.

PS - Have any thoughts of increased tax dollars going this way?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2015 a scandal-plagued year for CBC

It's been a heck of a year for the CBC -- a scathing report denounced managers for their handling of the Jian Ghomeshi affair while former anchors Amanda Lang and Evan Solomon faced controversies of their own.

All the while, the CBC continued to grapple with steep budget cuts that slashed news broadcasts, gutted sports and documentary divisions and put for sale signs in front of aging facilities.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

CBC Go Public reports are rich in speculation but poor on facts

On April 7 and 14, 2014, the CBC Go Public program reported on the use of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“the Program”) in three franchise-owned restaurants in Western Canada.

McDonald’s Canada was first notified of the initial allegations on April 1, 2014 and immediately investigated them.

McDonald’s Canada has a longstanding track record of job creation in Canada, for helping launch the careers of young people across our nation and for our significant contributions to communities big and small from coast-to-coast.

The CBC Go Public reports are rich in speculation but poor on facts. We believe that Go Public’s reporting deliberately misrepresents the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in our restaurants. The information provided in the Go Public reports is presented out of context, relies almost exclusively on former employees as the source and is remarkable in its bias.

We object to CBC’s Go Public use of hidden cameras to film employees in our restaurants without our approval, followed by the not too subtle innuendo and false claims that these individuals may be taking jobs from Canadians.

In response to Go Public and out of respect to all our employees – both Canadian and foreign workers alike -- we will set the record straight about McDonald’s and our commitment to job creation in Canada.

Read the full McDonald’s Media Statement here.

Friday, March 18, 2016

CBCs claim inconsistent with the state of the law

The CBC has asked YouTube and Facebook to remove the Conservative Party’s latest attack ad against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, arguing the ad “not only uses CBC's news footage but also re-edits” it.

“Our guiding principle is simple and clear,” CBC news editor Jennifer McGuire wrote in a blog post Friday. “No one — no individual candidate or political party, and no government, corporation or NGO — may re-use our creative and copyrighted property without our permission. This includes our brands, our talent and our content.”

But University of Ottawa digital law professor Michael Geist said the CBC’s “guiding principles” on copyright are “simply wrong.”

Canadian copyright law includes provisions that allow political parties and other groups to use news footage, so long as the usage doesn’t copy a “substantial” part of the original work.

The CBC’s “claim that no one can use any clips of its broadcasts without permission is inconsistent with the state of the law,” he wrote.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

CBC’s Marketplace apologizes

CBC’s Marketplace apologizes, retracts its report on contents of vitamins and supplements. 

CBC-TV’s Marketplace is apologizing for errors in an episode about supplements and vitamins.

The apology comes in a lengthy post on CBC’s website and Facebook page.

The show says it apologizes to the companies involved, as well as viewers.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Where is CBC accountability and transparency

From the Office of the CBC Ombudsman

The complainant, Ian Roberts, was interviewed in his role as Director of Public Affairs of Marine Harvest. The company was sponsoring a soccer club, and one of the players protested because she thinks fish farming is wrong. He thought he was misrepresented in the story. I found the context of his answer did fit its use appropriately. But some sloppy editing meant early versions of stories were published with errors.

REVIEW:

A number of your specific complaints have merit. There was a violation of policy in the story entitled “Vancouver Island teen kicked off team over fish farm sponsorship”. Mr. Williams acknowledged the first headline, saying that Ms. Reed had been kicked off by the sponsor was wrong, and it was changed within minutes of discovering the error. Nevertheless it was a serious error of fact.

The second violation of policy was the failure to note the error, as is prescribed in the CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices:

You raised some interesting issues about the way CBC news online acknowledges changes and errors. You point out that the change of the inaccurate quote is noted as a “clarification” and only notes the altered quote. Where is the accountability and transparency you ask? I think you have a point.

Read the full report.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

CBC Twitter no-no

From the Office of the CBC Ombudsman


COMPLAINT

You were angry when you found out about a tweet posted in August by Lyndon Penner, who is a gardening columnist for CBC and is heard on radio in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He posted a tweet using an account entitled @cbcgardener. The tweet said “When Stephen Harper dies, I’m having a cake made and hosting a party.”

You pointed out he says his opinions are his own, but he was using a CBC account when he posted his comment. You said you were deeply offended by the remark

REVIEW

The fact that this tweet was sent out using a CBC Twitter account means that there was a violation of policy. The fact that Mr. Penner is a freelancer complicates matters.

The question is why he was handed a CBC account without instruction in the first place. It might give CBC management pause though – and make them consider being much more explicit at the outset about what is permitted in dealing with freelance employees.

Read the full report here.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Call for change to CBC comments policy

A group of 120 prominent francophones in New Brunswick is demanding the CBC overhaul its handling of online comments to filter out posts they consider hateful.

The letter is addressed to Brodie Fenlon, the director of digital news at CBC, who refused an interview request from CBC News.

CBC's and Radio-Canada's online comments are moderated through ICUC, a third-party social media moderating contractor based in Winnipeg. Users who comment must set up an account and provide an email address, which is not made public.

But unlike CBC, the French-language Radio-Canada requires users to provide their full name when they register. Although it's impossible to verify every name, moderators intervene if a user name is obviously a pseudonym.

Read the full story.

Friday, March 11, 2016

CBC amends misleading headline

In the backdrop of the current unrelenting wave of Palestinian terror attacks that saw the murder of an American tourist and injuries of dozens of Israelis, yesterday morning (March 9), CBC News published an article to its widely read website which featured a headline (“Police kill 2 Palestinians in Jerusalem gun attack”) which portrayed Palestinian attackers as victims and which failed to mention that the 2 dead Palestinians were the ones who initiated violent shooting attacks against Israeli innocents in Jerusalem.

HonestReporting Canada immediately reached out to CBC editors demanding that this highly misleading and unfair headline be corrected. As we conveyed to the CBC, this headline made the guilty party innocent and the innocent party guilty due to its glaring lack of context. It behooved our public broadcaster to tell its readers that the two dead Palestinians were the ones who carried out the brazen shooting attacks and how Israeli police bravely and swiftly responded and acted in self defense killing them.

Immediately following our intervention, CBC amended its headline which now states: “Police kill 2 Palestinian gunmen after Jerusalem attack”.

See the full story and amended headlines here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

CBC employee says faith in broadcaster shaken

A new episode of "The Fifth Estate" takes aim at the internal CBC probe of Jian Ghomeshi, with one "Q" employee saying his faith in the broadcaster has been shaken due to lingering questions about the investigation.

CBC's flagship newsmagazine, in a program airing Friday titled "The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi," looks at how CBC management handled allegations of sexual violence against Ghomeshi when he was still host of the popular radio program "Q".

A transcript of the episode hosted by Gillian Findlay reports that almost all known employees who worked for "Q" in the summer -- 17 in total -- say they were not approached or questioned by CBC management as part of the internal probe.

Brian Coulton, who began as an intern on "Q," says in the episode that Ghomeshi's treatment of his employees amounted to "emotional abuse."

Asked whether his faith in CBC has been shaken, Coulton says yes.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Sitcom Potential in CBC Missteps

As the latest news story about CBC hijinks breaks, I'm beginning to wonder if we shouldn't just rename it the Corrupt Broadcasting Corporation. (Ba-dum-cha!)

Here's the story trending. Apparently, Amanda Lang, one half of the amateurish Lang and O'Leary Exchange, is in bed with the Royal Bank of Canada. Literally. (Ba-dum-cha!)

Lang, who is in a relationship with RBC board member Geoffrey Beattie, is accused of trying to suppress the 2013 story about RBC abusing the temporary foreign workers program. They were using it to replace Canadian workers on the cheap in a year when their profits were $8 billion.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

CBC report on salaries ‘looks like fiction'

Canada’s public broadcaster faces a showdown with skeptical senators who believe the CBC whitewashed a submission on the spending and salaries of some of its most notable journalists.

The Senate’s transport and communications committee now wants to call CBC president Hubert Lacroix to testify again — he has been before the committee before — and is considering other measures to get the information it says it needs for its study of the challenges facing the broadcaster. 

One option being floated behind closed doors is to subpoena the information from the corporation, a power Senate committees have but rarely use.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Why should we save the CBC?

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

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.

Beyond the noise coming from a constant self-congratulatory echo chamber on CBC streams, the CBC bandwagon might be hollowing out. As the embattled broadcaster lobbies for increased government dollars to "Save the CBC" underneath a cloud of checkered transparency and puzzling rationales, taxpayers' appetite for increased spending dries up.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 04, 2016

CBC Business Model

We have several sources of funds, including government appropriations and self-generated revenues. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Crown Corporation with 59% of its budget funded by government appropriations approved by Parliament on an annual basis.

These appropriations remained relatively constant over the past 10 years in a broadcasting environment in which costs increased significantly. However, Federal Budget 2012 resulted in CBC/Radio-Canada’s annual appropriation being reduced by $115 million. This meant a decrease in our per-capita funding from $33 to $29 in 2014—2015, when Federal Budget 2012 cost reduction initiatives will be fully implemented. Canada ranks 16 among 18 major Western countries in per capita funding.

The remaining 41% of our budget comes from self-generated revenue: advertising, subscriber fees and other revenue. We are also facing new financial pressures on our self-generated revenue, mostly as a result of an industry-wide softening of the conventional television advertising market, the NHL’s decision to move to a single, exclusive broadcaster and the disappointing CBC Television schedule performance of some individual prime-time programs among the 25-54 demographics, which drives advertising revenue. This is in addition to continuing pressures on fixed costs from rent and property tax increases, and a salary inflation funding freeze for the next two years.

See the complete picture here.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

CBC planning more cuts despite promised funding increase

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.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

CBC funding to increase in upcoming budget

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said her government's March 22 budget will restore some funding to the CBC, but in its first year the Liberal Party will not fully undo cuts made by the Conservatives.

In her interview with On The Coast, Joly also said she would be launching a series of consultations about CBC's new focus on digital, asking, "How can we support Canadian content in a digital age?"

She also hinted that changes might be coming to the Broadcasting and the Telecommunications acts, which "were developed 30 years ago, when it was really a much more analogous way of thinking," she said.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

CBC political bias accidentally on display

Most Canadians are skeptics, and CBC accidentally says so, then “edits” story

Oops! CBC (the Canadian version of the BBC and ABC) have been caught out editing a story to make it more politically correct. CBC’s political bias is accidentally on display. The original message revealed a sacred truth that must not be spoken. How would most Canadians feel about being forced to pay money to change the weather if they knew most other Canadians also thought it was a waste of billions? As far as I can tell, the updated version was a complete rewrite of the first half of the article. There appear to be a lot of changes.

The unsurprising news is that 56% of Canadians are skeptics – which is very similar to all other surveys which show that 62% of Brits are 62% skeptical. As are 54% of Australians. Fully third of the US are so skeptical they think it’s a total hoax.

Read the full story.