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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CBC’s flagship newscast sat dead last

For most of its life, the CBC has operated on a bloated budget, hovering just under or just over, a billion-dollar yearly grant from Canadian taxpayers. Now Lacroix is whining for $400 million more if the CBC is not allowed to sell ads.

Now with the CBC’s umpteenth “makeover”, unveiled this week with the usual cringe-worthy narcissism, another thing is becoming crystal-clear: this moribund bureaucracy will never re-invent itself, no matter how many self-congratulatory infomercials it airs about its “edgy” new format.

For the week of July 10, the CBC’s flagship newscast sat dead last in the Big Three TV Ratings behind CTV National News (976,000) and Global National (686,000). The National had 621,000 viewers.

My take on this latest iteration? It looks to be four times as boring as the Mansbridge mumble-hour. Canada’s communications star chamber merely shuffled the deck chairs on the Titanic. The shop is as closed as ever.

Read the full story here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CBC managers close to deceitful about audience performance

CBC is like a crazy, old aunt, unwilling to accept the reality of her circumstances. In CBC's case it is the reality that its radio audience is comprised mostly of older Canadians. CBC senior managers have recently boasted about the record high audiences of CBC Radio. They gush over CBC Radio's audience share in speeches and public appearances, such as last month's appearance before a Senate Committee, but never acknowledge that loyal, senior citizen listeners are responsible for creating a mathematical illusion. Mark Twain would say there are lies, damn lies.

While CBC Radio is undoubtedly the jewel in CBC's crown and virtually a necessity for a large number of Canadians, managers have been close to deceitful about its audience performance. Why?

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Why four new anchors to replace Peter Mansbridge?

Peter Mansbridge's long goodbye has finally ended with the Crown-owned broadcaster replacing him with four, count 'em, four new anchors.

Four hosts addresses one of McGuire's major challenges: how do you bring a sense of renewal without risking the credibility of the brand.

In the past, CBC has invested big sums in making stars out of certain broadcasters—such as Jian Ghomeshi, Solomon, Rex Murphy, and Amanda Lang—who subsequently became the source of controversy over their off-air activities.

"I didn't want four different versions of the same person," Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief for CBC News, says on the CBC website.

By appointing four anchors, McGuire can easily dump any one of them should they find themselves the subject of unflattering stories in other media outlets. And the show will still go on.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

CBC Restructuring Attempt Complete Failure

Change doesn’t seem to come naturally to the cbc, whose strategies remain stuck in the twentieth century. For more than a decade, The National’s ratings have been stagnant, while Canadians’ trust in media has steadily declined. The ‘90s saw an attempt at restructuring the program: the format at the time was a twenty-two-minute-long news segment at the top of the hour and a current affairs program, The Journal, at the bottom. They combined it into an hour-long news and current affairs show, Primetime News. It was a complete failure. Mark Bulgutch, a former line-up editor for The National who was working on the program at the time, says he knew that the merger wasn’t going to work. “The cbc continues to try to find the right format; to find better formats; to find smarter formats,” Bulgutch says. “It turns its back on the audience at its own peril—when looking for new audiences you’ve got to be careful that you don’t turn off the one that you already have.” The National returned to its pre-merger version a year later, and has remained more or less the same ever since.

As Bulgutch points out, it’s not necessarily the structure of the program that needs updating; The National’s competitors have succeeded in spite of, or perhaps because of, their staid format. “ctv has done the same newscast for sixty years,” he says. “They have an average audience bigger than The National’s audience every night and they don’t do anything different than they did in 1965.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

CBC urged to present a balanced argument

B’nai Brith Canada is urging ICI Radio-Canada Première (the French-language counterpart of CBC/Radio-Canada) to present a balanced argument on the Arab-Israeli conflict after historian Shlomo Sand promoted falsehoods about the Jewish state that went unchallenged during its morning radio show Dessine-moi un dimanche.

In the segment, which aired on June 4, 2017 and focuses on the Six-Day War between Israel and the neighbouring armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, Sand presents his interpretation as what happened during the war. Rather than offering a multifaceted view on the controversial subject, at no time does radio host Franco Nuovo refer to Sand’s synopsis of the conflict as opinion.

Immediately following the broadcast, B’nai Brith received numerous complaints concerning the biased nature of the program. In a letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix, Allan Adel, National Chair of B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights, expresses B’nai Brith’s concern that CBC “is abusing Canadian taxpayers by producing segments which do not fairly represent a diversity of opinion.” Adel also sent a letter of complaint to the ICI Radio-Canada Première Ombudsman.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

CBC President Gives Himself Passing Grade

‘I think I passed’: CBC’s Hubert Lacroix reflects on his time as president.

Every president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation faces challenges, but Lacroix's tenure was unusually crisis-filled, from a series of budget and staff cuts (in 2009, 2012 and 2014, totalling about 1,900 jobs); the loss of the NHL broadcasting contract; the Ghomeshi scandal and the ensuing revelations of a toxic workplace culture designed to placate hosts; and a conflagration within the human-resources department which sparked a series of lawsuits by former employees.

Read the full story here.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Sue the CBC for constructive dismissal

There is nothing improper in news organizations promoting their editorial opinions or endorsing the party of their choice come election time. It is also fair game for publications to hire writers reflecting their editorial mandate and think tanks to hire those who share their vision.

But it is another matter to discipline or fire writers, editors or think-tank directors for merely expressing politically incorrect opinions or, even more worrying, for standing up for free speech and open debate, as we’ve seen recently at Write magazine, the CBC and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

If I were Steve Ladurantaye’s lawyer, I’d advise him to sue the CBC for constructive dismissal.

Steve Ladurantaye, until recently the managing editor at CBC’s The National, was removed from his position — demoted really — for tweeting. He had made it clear on Twitter that he thought it was unjust that Hal Niedzviecki, the editor of Write, the publication of the Writers’ Union of Canada, had to resign for defending “cultural appropriation.” If I were Ladurantaye’s lawyer, I’d advise him to sue for constructive dismissal.

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 01, 2017

CBC is supposed to fill the gaps

The CBC is a broadcaster with resources the likes of which most can only dream. It has bureaus in every province and territory. It has correspondents in virtually every Canadian ethnic and linguistic community. It has $1 billion in stable government funding and an extra $150 million per year to come.

In the right hands, this kind of wealth could be wielded in awesome, history-changing ways.

The whole point of giving taxpayer money to a broadcaster is so they're able to perform a service that wouldn't exist without government support.

This was the reason the proto-CBC Canadian Royal Broadcasting Commission was founded in the first place.

Private capital wasn't up to the task of sending radio into all corners of the world's second-largest landmass, so a government agency was struck to do it instead.

CBC is supposed to fill the gaps that regular broadcasters can't: getting news coverage to remote areas, backing years-long investigative projects, taking risks that just aren't possible for a programming director who has to answer to investors at the end of a quarter.

Instead, CBC acts as if it's just another fish in the Canadian media pool - albeit one that doesn't need to worry about ratings, debt or subscriber numbers.

This isn't just uncreative, it's predatory - and has the predictable effect of kneecapping CBC's non-subsidized competitors.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The CBC is so dysfunctional ...

With the blockbuster news that Richard Stursberg has allegedly been fired from the CBC, a lot of people are trying to explain what, precisely, was his career’s mortal sin. Not that Stursberg suffered from having too few enemies inside the Corp., but nobody, as yet, has explained why he left now. David Akin of Sun Media has a theory: the CBC is so dysfunctional that it fired a man who made it more popular.

According to Akin, Stursberg is a casualty in the never-ending war between people who want the CBC to be a public-minded, non-commercial medium and the people who want CBC to actually have an audience.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CBC lost respect of veteran broadcaster

Broadcast veteran Tim Knight talks about how he lost respect for CBC's flagship news program The National on July 7, 2011. After 30 years of watching, some years of working there, and pages and pages of notes, Knight asks: Has The National lost its journalistic soul?

Broadcast veteran Tim Knight talks about how he lost respect for CBC's flagship news program The National on July 7, 2011. After 30 years of watching, some years of working there, and pages and pages of notes, Knight asks: Has The National lost its journalistic soul?

The date was July 7, 2011 — the day Canada pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after nine years of brutal war ending without even a truce. One hundred and sixty-one Canadian soldiers and civilians died in that war. At a financial cost of some $18-billion. By the close of this day we’d lost more troops per capita in Afghanistan than any of the 21 other coalition nations — including the United States which started it.

July 7, 2011 was the end of Canada’s longest-ever war. An historic, momentous day for our nation. A day to remember. A day to show respect. A day to mourn. A day to celebrate, perhaps.

Yet you wouldn’t have had a clue about this day’s significance if you watched the CBC’s flagship news program on the evening of July 7, 2011.

Read the rest of the story here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is CBC President Hubert Lacroix in or out?

According to the CBC story here, the term of the current chair, Remi Racine, was to end Tuesday (June 2017). Hubert Lacroix's term as president is set to expire in October.  It was also announced in this story that "The federal Liberals have put together a star-studded cast to help choose new members of the public broadcaster's board of directors."

YET ...

If you go to the main CBC website here, both are still listed in their jobs.

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

What happened?

Monday, November 27, 2017

CBC 'comfortable' with ratings despite dip

The CBC says it's "comfortable" with the early buzz for its revamped "The National," even though the debut newscast's ratings were only on par with the kind of numbers Peter Mansbridge used to draw.

And they've slipped since last Monday's first broadcast.

On a randomly chosen Monday night in January, when Mansbridge was still anchor, "The National" on the main network had an estimated audience of 734,000 viewers during the first half hour of the show, dropping to 584,000 viewers in the second half.

For the debut of the new "The National" — now hosted by Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang — 739,000 viewers were tuned in for the first 30 minutes on CBC, while 601,000 were still watching for the second half.

But subsequent nights saw ratings peak between the high-300,000 to low-600,000 range.

Read the full story here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

CBC payback: how Mansbridge’s people tried to kill Linden MacIntyre’s last story

In walking back its ban last week of retiring journalist Linden MacIntyre, the CBC presented the public with an official version of events which describe the decision to punish MacIntyre as a "heat of the moment" mistake by one CBC manager, Jennifer Harwood. CANADALAND has learned that this is not true.

The night Jennifer Harwood sent her email memo, titled “Standing up for Peter Mansbridge” to her CBCNN staffers, her husband Mark Harrison, the Executive Producer of The National, also tried to exact vengeance on Linden MacIntyre for his comments about Peter Mansbridge.

CBC sources reveal that Harrison contacted fifth estate boss Jim Williamson on Wednesday night. Harrison angrily demanded that Williamson pull Linden MacIntyre’s upcoming investigative documentary – his last piece of journalism for the CBC – from the fifth estate completely, in retribution for MacIntyre’s comments about Mansbridge.

MacIntyre further clarified that he stands by the gist of his statements about Mansbridge. His error, he says, was to carelessly juxtapoze Mansbridge and Gzowski with Ghomeshi, whose alleged crimes are extreme. “There was no intention to tie (Mansbridge) to a criminal,” says MacIntyre.

However, the main thrust of his statements: that CBC fuels a culture of celebrity, that this leaves temporary and contract workers vulnerable, and that Mansbridge is known to have acted abusively to his subordinates, MacIntyre does not apologize for.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

CBC overrules editor's decision

Linden MacIntyre has not been barred from appearing on CBC News Network this week despite an internal public broadcaster memo to the contrary.

Jennifer Harwood, managing editor of CBC News Network, sent a memo late Wednesday stating that any interviews with MacIntyre on the network this week have been cancelled.

The memo said the move came about because of MacIntyre’s recent comments to the Globe and Mail comparing the workplace behaviour of Peter Mansbridge to that of ousted “Q” host Jian Ghomeshi.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

No one at CBC held accountable

The story starts in 1995, when a freelance journalist, Nicholas Regush, came to the fifth estate pitching what he said was a sensational story about corruption in the drug regulatory business.

Regush and his team had four-and-a-half months to pull the piece together.

CBC insiders say there were times that the team disagreed on the script, the tone, and what was cut from the story.

When the piece was complete, it was vetted by Studer, the rest of the production team, and CBC lawyer Michael Hughes.

Two doctors, Dr. Frans Leenen, a respected medical researcher and director of the Hypertension Unit of Ottawa's famous Heart Institute, and Dr. Martin Myers, a cardiologist at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, were not portrayed in the best light.

The program aired Feb. 27, 1996. The CBC devoted its entire one-hour program to this issue, something it does only about 25 per cent of the time.

One million people saw the program, which was subsequently rebroadcast on CBC's Newsworld. Six weeks after it aired, Myers and Leenen sued for libel.

Justice Cunningham awarded Leenen general, aggravated and punitive damages totalling $950,000, together with costs, and ruled that the journalists twisted the facts and acted with malice. In a highly unusual measure, he slapped the host, producer, researcher and executive producer with hefty punitive and aggravated damages.

A long-time CBC employee says it's "flabbergasting and disgusting to a lot of people inside the CBC that management is considering appealing. It's costing 'real' money. There could still be some heads rolling because of this legal debacle. But many people I work with are stunned no one's been fired, that no one at the CBC seems to have been held accountable."

He adds: "It's quite an astonishing story. It's the biggest libel award in Canadian history and everybody at the CBC has their head in the sand. No one wants to touch this with a barge pole. It's classic CBC culture: If you stick your head in the sand, and don't see your critics, then they won't see you. Someone has to be accountable here. We're talking about $3-million worth of taxpayer's money. People are entitled to ask some questions and get some straight answers."

It's the biggest libel award in Canadian history and everybody at the CBC has their head in the sand. 

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Monday, November 20, 2017

CTV News Trumps CBC News

Including airings on both CBC and CBC News Network, “The National's" average minute audience between Aug. 29, 2016 to April 9, 2017 was 866,000 viewers, according to data supplied by ratings agency Numeris.

Including all CTV and CTV News Channel broadcasts, the average audience of “CTV National News” during the same period was 1.3 million.

Read the full story here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

CBC is the 800 pound news media gorilla

We all act out of some degree of self-interest, but the arguments put forward recently by CBC executives are something to behold.

First, CBC President Hubert Lacroix put forward a position paper proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, with $400 million in additional funding from the federal government. Then Jennifer McGuire and Michel Cormier, the heads of the English and French news services, argued that moving away from advertising on all platforms would help other Canadian media transition to the digital environment. How? The CBC would replace its current ad revenues with guaranteed money from the federal government, and private media would scramble to get some of those dollars from advertisers.

McGuire and Cormier’s comments are part of the ongoing public discussion over what can be done as traditional news media are weakened in their ability to do public interest journalism. The answer, according to CBC executives, is: Let’s have more CBC! But the solution to the disrupted news media scene in Canada is not for taxpayers to shell out more to a public provider of news, no matter how high-quality or how high-minded.

The CBC has rapidly become the 800-pound gorilla in news media in many communities across Canada, not just because of its own increased resources but also because of reduced revenues at private media outlets. The result is a distortion of the marketplace that undermines the ability of private firms to transition and to continue to report the very same news and information that CBC executives say it should be publicly funded to provide.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Quebecor media attacked by CBC

It is with bewilderment that Quebecor Media Inc. today learned of misleading and unfounded information published in its regard by CBC/Radio-Canada, a federal crown corporation.

Quebecor Media requests that CBC/Radio-Canada immediately retract itself and remove without delay the false and malicious information contained in its communication. Quebecor Media will not tolerate that an institution of the federal government attempt to sully its reputation in this matter. In the mean time, it imperatively wishes to make the following corrections:

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CBC has become a gravy train for elites

News media is undergoing a rapid and beautiful process of creative destruction: digitalization means vastly lower costs, fewer barriers to entry, and a wider variety of competing options for consumers to enjoy. Amid this innovation and weeding out stands the too-big-to-fail albatross, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Already costing taxpayers $1.04 billion in 2015 and facing rising competition, the CBC's fiscal burden is set to jump by $75 million in 2016 and $150 million in 2017. Regarding the higher price tag of the state broadcaster, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has deflected by saying that “believing in innovation is also believing in the talent and in the creativity of Canadians.” Apologists further contend this is necessary to save the CBC from "extinction."

That begs the question: if the CBC is growing obsolete and people favour other sources, ones that do not cost the taxpayer, how is that a bad thing?

The truth is that the CBC has become a gravy train for elites, with the backing of government unions. These elites have managed to persuade people that they are desperate and hard done by, while the average salary at the broadcaster is $100,528 per year. That is well into the top 10 per cent of all Canadian earners and 23 per cent more than the average earnings of a private-sector TV employee, even before the CBC's luxurious benefits.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CBC wants to go ad free

When a panel of Canada’s top media executives gathered Thursday to discuss industry issues, the conversation inevitably turned to the changing world of online and TV advertising, and the role new players have in the system.

While OTT platforms certainly present serious competition for eyeballs and are forcing traditional broadcasters to invest more in content, Heather Conway, EVP of English Services at CBC added SVODs are also conditioning audiences to be “adlergic.”

“We are training the audience through the OTT experience to have a low tolerance for advertising,” she said.

She added that the issue facing broadcasters isn’t TV dollars being replaced by “digital dimes,” it’s that there are so many competitors in the digital space.

Conway added that by going ad-free, the CBC could focus on its cultural mandate and at the same time give a boost to private broadcasters.

“The study that we commissioned from Nordicity does show that two-thirds of our ad revenue would migrate to two companies,” she said. “It would be helpful, I think, to have those funds, as we are all are struggling with the transitions that we’ve talked about. The public broadcaster doesn’t have to be in that space.”

Read the full story here.

PS - how many more millions of taxpayer dollars would this cost Canadians?  Worth it?

Monday, November 13, 2017

CBC's The National is a harebrained muddle

Here's an odd and ironic thing. When I recorded CBC's The National this week on my PVR, the on-screen icon for the recording was a photo of Peter Mansbridge.

Somebody at CBC should do something about that. This is not Mansbridge's The National. In fact I don't know what it is. Nor does CBC, one suspects. The revamped newscast is not a newscast as a newscast is known to you and me. It's a chatty, visually bewildering assessment of some news stories of the day. That's not the news, per se. It's a not even a summary of what happened. It's a lot of "sharing" and a lot of "voices" being heard and it is chatty, chatty, chatty.

Some of them, those voices, are off the wall, literally. With four hosts, Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing, and not all in the same studio, their faces loom on the wall and talk at us.

In all seriousness, the revamped The National, in its first few outings, is disjointed, surreal and sadly lacking in coherence. It makes no sense.

Read the full story here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Is the CBC really biased?

In the August issue of Policy Options, Dr. Conrad Winn claimed that CBC television news is biased in favour of the left. It is imperative that we discuss this alleged bias because the media, and CBC in particular, play an increasing- ly important role in the Canadian political debate. The claim was based on the results of a recent COMPAS survey (see for the complete report). Among other issues, the study investigated the relationship between the probability of viewing a given network (e.g., CBC, CTV) and self-described politi- cal affiliation: left-wingers, right- wingers, and in the middle of the political spectrum. Regarding CBC, it was found that the left-wingers were 1.3 times as likely as self-labelled right-wingers to choose CBC televi- sion: 44 percent vs. 34 percent. At first approximation, this result seems to confirm the biased left-wing nature of CBC.

Based on this presumed CBC bias, it’s been argued that the network be prevented from collecting taxpayers money through annual budgets. The proposal is to restructure CBC along the lines of PBS in the United States, which is funded by viewers and corporate sponsorship. Undoubtedly, this would decrease the influence of CBC and leave the open field to private networks.

Read the full policy paper here.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

CTV is number one

CTV is the most-watched Canadian television network in primetime for an unprecedented 16 years in a row, ending the core 2016/17 season once again as the most consistent television network in North America. Number 1 across the board in daytime and primetime, CTV’s overall average audience is 35% larger than its next closest competitor for A25-54 and total viewers, increasing its lead to 39% for A18-49 and to an impressive 48% with millennials aged 18-34.

In revealing the most-watched programs of the year in Canada, CTV lays claim to six or more of the Top 10 programs in total viewers and all key demos, including an incredible eight of the Top 10 series among A18-34. CTV has more Top 20 programs in key demos than all other competitors combined, with 12/20 in the A18-34 demo alone.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Why does the CBC compete with newspapers?

Would Netflix want to get into the newspaper business? I doubt it. Then, why is CBC so keen on competing with the print media with its online offerings? Is it breaking the law in doing so?

For more than 20 years CBC has offered an Internet website,, but in the past few years this effort has been accelerated. In its recently released strategic plan, called “A Space for Us All,” CBC was coy about its plans to compete with print media. When it was pointed out on Twitter that the strategy said the CBC wanted to turn into a “public media company,” the CBC first denied that this phrase was in the document and then tried to rationalize it.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

CBC Report Implies Israel Has No Right to Exist

In a CBC TV report broadcast on November 2 marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (the historic document written by Lord Arthur Balfour which expressed Britain’s support for a Jewish national homeland in historic Palestine) CBC Mideast journalist Derek Stoffel’s report implicitly cast doubt on Israel’s right to exist by supposedly referencing Palestinian claims stating that the Balfour Declaration “led to the military occupation of the Palestinian people by the Israelis.”

Read the full story here.

Monday, November 06, 2017

CBC operats on a bloated budget

CBC president Hubert Lacroix hit the nail on the head, though his eyes were probably tightly closed at the time: Public broadcasters, he said in a 2015 presentation, “risk being boiled to death.”

Correct. For their greed, mismanagement, badly outdated mandate, second-rate products and terminal arrogance.

Sadly, it didn’t take Hubert long to get back into whine mode. Speaking at an international public broadcaster’s convention in Munich, Lacroix belly-ached that budget cuts could threaten the continued existence of outfits like the CBC.

For most of its life, the CBC has operated on a bloated budget, hovering just under or just over, a billion-dollar yearly grant from Canadian taxpayers. Now Lacroix is whining for $400 million more if the CBC is not allowed to sell ads.

Read the full story here.

Friday, November 03, 2017

CBC has looming public-relations problem

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has a looming public-relations problem.

That's because in the eyes of other media, the public broadcaster is seen as an uber predator in an age of diminishing ad revenues.

The controversy has arisen over CBC's insistence on competing with other media companies for digital advertising. And it comes after the Trudeau government announced $675 million in new funding for CBC over the next five years.

It might not be such of a concern if CBC programming was radically different from what's available from private media outlets. But in the 21st century, those lines have become increasingly blurred.

Read the full editorial here.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

How long until the CBC is the only game in town?

Local TV began moving out of small Ontario cities years ago.

It is, as far as the eye can survey, a media universe ruled by Google, Facebook, Twitter — and in Canada, the CBC.

The first has an effective monopoly on Internet searches, capturing the associated ad revenue. The second has an effective monopoly on community engagement, endearing photos of our children and, increasingly, display advertising in markets large and small. The third has an effective monopoly on political chatter and breaking news. The fourth announced last week it is setting up an op-ed division.

The Mother Corp. receives $1 billion annually in federal subsidy. Its funding is waxing, courtesy of the Trudeau government. It aggressively sells advertising – indeed, stomps with gigantic feet all over the national ad market, in competition with industry.

How long, given these enormous structural advantages, until the CBC is the only game in town? And how healthy will that be for Canadian democracy, and taxpayers?

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

CBC using taxpayer money to kill competition

CBC is mandated by Parliament to run radio and television services across Canada. With the advent of the digital age they’ve used the excuse that they need to promote and showcase their content online but anyone paying attention knows that CBC’s online offerings long ago stopped being about promoting radio or TV shows and became all about being the biggest media empire in Canada; a digital powerhouse taking on all comers and using tax dollars to compete.

CBC’s latest expansions whether into a columnist and opinion section, into digital only newsrooms in places like Hamilton, Kelowna or London are nothing but the government owned enterprise using their billion dollar plus per year subsidy to compete against the private sector.

CBC as uber-predator, stealing talent, expanding into new areas and killing off the competition using money that comes from the taxes those very same competitors pay.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Many reasons the CBC could be defunded ...

In private sector broadcasting, where we are paid by great advertisers who we must attract and keep, many of us look askance at the CBC, and why not?

The state-funded broadcaster starts the race every year coming out of the blocks $1.2 billion ahead, thanks to a taxpayer subsidy.

As a one-time “Ceeb” aficionado decades ago, I can attest that no political party in Canada will ever have the courage to cut the CBC’s lucrative lifeline.

There are many reasons the CBC could be defunded, not the least of which is its policy origins; a nation defining and building enterprise, both culturally — staving off the intrusive influence of America — and technically, by providing a pan-national network of transmitters bringing news, sports and entertainment to every corner of a vast Canada.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

CBC has strayed a long way from its original purpose

The online success of the CBC should be laudable. Its website received an average of 6.2-million unique visitors last year, making it the most popular Canadian website.

In doing so, the CBC has strayed a long way from its original purpose: to sustain Canadian culture when and where the market cannot. The problem is, the CBC’s traditional funding model now allows it to build its digital empire unfettered by economic reality. In its last quarter, 60% of the company’s expenses were paid by government subsidies while just 21% of its revenue comes from advertising. All media companies are struggling to adapt to shifting consumer and advertising patterns brought about by the digital age; only the CBC had $1.2 billion in government cash to fund its experiments and ease the transition.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

CBC's Downward Spiral

Looking back, it really began in 1992 when CBC TV took a gamble that ignored its most important asset, the public. Then-president Gerard Veilleux and his board of directors moved the flagship national news program from 10 .p.m to 9 p.m. The president claimed preposterously that people were going to bed earlier; research showed that was untrue, and managers thought there were enough internal checks and balances to stop the move to 9 p.m. They were wrong. The change was made and the audience plummeted to new lows.

Flash forward to this century. Government-appointed CBC presidents, the latest being Hubert Lacroix and his CBC board of directors, have made or been induced by managers into: making massive cuts to the CBC Radio budget, ignoring basic radio programming strategy; introducing ads on Radio 2 only to have the CRTC order them to stop; cutting local TV news programs, then expanding them, then cutting them again; turning off TV transmitters in cities smaller than 200,000 people; bidding for unprofitable Olympic rights; launching radio "stations" only available on the Internet; launching a streaming music service with zero revenue in five years; competing for newspaper readers, ignoring it is the Canadian "Broadcasting" Corporation; announcing that CBC will double revenues from digital services, which were almost zero to begin with; watching TV ad revenues in 2015 plummet to their lowest level in history; setting a goal to double the monthly audience reach of CBC Internet services (, ignoring the fact that CBC TV already had a daily reach exceeding

The past decade has seen a cornucopia of management incompetence.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

CBC's astounding about-face

Things that make you go hmmmmm ....

"We recommend removing advertising from CBC/Radio-Canada," the public broadcaster said in a news release. "This would allow the broadcaster to focus squarely on the cultural impact of our mandate. It would also free up advertising revenue to help private media companies transition to a digital environment."

Okay. Now stop and think about this fact: the first paragraph did not come from me; it came from a news release issued by the CBC in 2011.

Yes, the same CBC now arguing it should be free of ads once said — just five years ago — there was no good reason to eliminate advertising.

"The elimination of advertising revenues would seriously compromise the Corporation’s ability to fulfill its mandate," CBC President Hubert Lacroix said at the time.

I can’t take credit for noticing this somewhat astounding about-face. It took Ken Goldstein, a Winnipeg media consultant with an eagle eye and encyclopedic knowledge of the Canadian media industry, to pick up on it.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Public Policy Forum report calls for CBC to stop selling digital ads

A public-policy group has issued 12 recommendations to revive the Canadian news industry, including cutting off digital revenue to the public broadcaster.

The report by the Public Policy Forum maintains that the decline of traditional media, audience fragmentation, and fake news are undermining faith in Canadian democracy.

"Free of the need to 'attract eyeballs' for digital advertising, which can run contrary to its civic-function mission and draw it into a 'clickbait' mentality," the report states.

As things stand now, the CBC generates about $25 million in annual digital revenue, according to the report.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CBC Radio providing trivial entertainment ...

I’m not surprised that many of my friends have abandoned CBC Radio. From what I can tell, traditional listeners are leaving in droves.

A friend of mine who’s also a former CBC producer tells me he used to listen to CBC Radio all day. “Now,” he says, “I listen very little. The personal storytelling and victimhood are irritating and are in much of the schedule.”

Critical thought and analysis is limited to non-existent in these programs.

With the CBC strapped for resources, Radio One is sinking a whack of cash into these shows, which instead could be used to add programs that explore major thematic issues week after week. It’s practically criminal that CBC Radio does not have a program on the climate-change crisis.

So why are we getting this strange hybrid of programming at CBC Radio?

An insider tells me: “Over the years, management, at least on the English side, has devalued ‘intellectual’ content. They think it’s boring, high-minded, ivory-tower stuff. They want ‘stories’ — compelling if well-told, and cheap to do. The mantra at CBC Radio is, ‘Tell us your story.’”

The insider says the CBC’s commitment to a strong digital presence and online audience is one of the reasons behind the interest in storytelling above all else. It’s proud of the success of podcast Someone Knows Something, an engrossing and entertaining program that looks into unsolved crimes.

CBC Radio is fixated on building an audience by providing trivial entertainment. For many managers, numbers are more important than content.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

CBC Radio has lately begun competing with private stations

Curiously, CBC Radio has lately begun competing with private stations, employing pop music on its second radio network and a journalistic style that is starting to sound like private radio. Commercials have even crept in.

Why? One explanation is that CBC has made disproportionate budget cuts to radio, weakening the service and prompting some unsavoury changes. More than $50-million has been lost from radio’s annual budget, which in net terms has been given to CBC TV.

Today, CBC TV is the service in a fragile position. It’s just one among hundreds of channels, almost indistinguishable from private competitors.

It airs many of the same programs you find on private channels: Hollywood movies, pro hockey, the Olympics, news that increasingly mimics the style of private TV – and, until recently, American game shows. Most importantly, virtually all the commercials aired on private TV also appear on CBC.

In 2014-15, without the NHL, ad revenue will fall to barely $100-million. By comparison, CTV gets more than $750-million a year. Global TV gets more than $400-million.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

CBC President Hubert Lacroix defends corporation’s ability to sell advertising

Foreign news aggregators could end up being subject to Canadian taxes and the CBC may be told it can’t have digital advertising if the recommendations made in a committee report to Parliament on how to save Canadian media are acted on.

It said the Canadian newspaper industry has lost 164 newspapers in recent years. At the same time digital advertising revenues shot up from $560 million to 4.6 billion over a 10-year period.

A number of those who testified before the committee said the CBC’s ability to sell advertising on its website created insurmountable competition for private news outlets.

Globe and Mail publisher Phillip Crawley said the Crown corporation is his newspaper’s largest competitor. Eight other media outlets made similar complaints to the committee.

In a letter to the committee included in the report, CBC President and CEO Hubert Lacroix defended the corporation’s ability to sell advertising on its website.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

How long until CBC is the only game in town?

It is, as far as the eye can survey, a media universe ruled by Google, Facebook, Twitter — and in Canada, the CBC.

The first has an effective monopoly on Internet searches, capturing the associated ad revenue. The second has an effective monopoly on community engagement, endearing photos of our children and, increasingly, display advertising in markets large and small. The third has an effective monopoly on political chatter and breaking news. The fourth announced last week it is setting up an op-ed division.

That said, the Mother Corp. receives $1 billion annually in federal subsidy. Its funding is waxing, courtesy of the Trudeau government. It aggressively sells advertising – indeed, stomps with gigantic feet all over the national ad market, in competition with industry.

How long, given these enormous structural advantages, until the CBC is the only game in town? And how healthy will that be for Canadian democracy, and taxpayers?

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CBC has strayed a long way from its original purpose

Kirstine Stewart switched in April from running the CBC’s English service to leading Twitter Canada. Plenty of self-styled media critics interpreted Stewart’s move as a high-profile defection from stagnant traditional media to a shiny digital upstart. That assessment is not just wrong, it’s backward: Twitter hired Stewart specifically to court established, traditional media outlets because it wants to establish paid partnerships with content producers; meanwhile, CBC is a dominant digital player in Canada, competing hard—and successfully—against private news, music streaming, and video-on-demand providers.

The online success of the CBC should be laudable. Its website received an average of 6.2-million unique visitors last year, making it the most popular Canadian website. Around 4.3-million people visit the CBC News site each month, besting both The Globe and Mail and Huffington Post.

In doing so, the CBC has strayed a long way from its original purpose: to sustain Canadian culture when and where the market cannot. The problem is, the CBC’s traditional funding model now allows it to build its digital empire unfettered by economic reality.

There is no clear solution to this dilemma, particularly if you see value in a public broadcaster— but not publicly funded Top 40 radio, publicly funded local blogs, or, for that matter, publicly funded newspapers. As its digital footprint has grown, the CBC has effectively become all of these things. It amounts to unintended government-funded intervention where it is either unneeded or destructive.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CBC caught deceiving Canadians on viewership numbers?

Reviewing my copy of the weekend Globe and Mail revealed this rather stultifying article about the state-run CBC, in which it is shown that the state-run media may be, oh, let’s say “spinning” its viewership numbers to make it appear to Canadians like it’s succeeding in attracting viewers with its fabulous programs. (At taxpayer expense, in competition against private citizen-owned broadcasters…)

Remembering that the state-run and state-owned CBC is by definition a “Crown corporation”, with its president and board members appointed directly by the government and the Prime Minister himself, this is rather important. Deceit or “spin” is not acceptable.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

More questions than answers at CBC

Hockey, politeness, quaffing Tim’s, and a smug sense of multiculturalism. This list of beloved and familiar national pastimes should be updated to include issuing opinions on the future CBC, on how it should update itself to remain a current and viable national public broadcaster and how, in essence, it can live up to “Canada Lives Here.” The national discussion on the future of the CBC has been reawakened with renewed fervour this year, in light of a new federal government and promises of increased funding in a faltering media landscape.

At the heart of this debate is the digital platform and its inevitable association with youth who, accurately or not, are seen as its natural occupants and, therefore, must be pandered to in order to achieve success on the Internet. At odds with the CBC’s current key audience demographics, which skew heavily towards the latter end of 25 to 55 years of age, a focus on creating content intended for young people could backfire and place it in the realm of legacy media who foolishly rush in to engage with new technology, not realizing it’s already outdated by the time they get there; the Toronto Star’s awkward venture into a tablet version of the paper exemplifies this.

Exactly how the CBC can most effectively bring its core qualities to the digital sphere is a question that has yet to find compelling answers.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

The problem the CBC faces ...

The problem the CBC faces is that whatever their motives might be, its antagonists are, on the whole, right (you should pardon the expression). They are right in terms of the immediate controversy, i.e., whether the corporation is obliged to comply with access to information requests, even from its competitors: clearly, under the law, it must. While the law makes exception for certain types of documents, it cannot be up to the CBC alone to decide which documents qualify for this exception, as a court has lately ruled.

And they’re right in their more general proposition: that it is long past time for fundamental reform of the corporation’s mandate and structure. Put simply, the case for a publicly funded television network has collapsed. It has done so under the weight of three inescapable realities.

The first is the CBC’s own woeful performance, at least when it comes to English TV.

The second is that the conditions that once justified public funding are no longer present.

This is the third point: network television, of any kind, is doomed.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

CBC revenues include Parliamentary appropriations

The six largest television broadcasters accounted for 86% of the sector’s total industry revenues in 2015. In the determination of the top 5 companies, Shaw and Corus were counted as one entity.

The “percentage of total revenue” calculation is based on total revenues reported for each service controlled by the broadcaster. Control was determined where the broadcaster had greater than 50% direct and indirect voting interest as of 31 August 2015.

CBC revenues include advertising, subscriber, and other commercial revenues and Parliamentary appropriations.

See the complete report here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CBC TV finds itself today in a very fragile position ...

Decades ago CBC was the only Canadian TV or radio station most Canadians could receive. It was a necessity, not a convenience. A handful of private radio stations existed in major cities in the 1920s; but in the 1930s Parliament created the CBC and rapidly it became the most important radio broadcaster in the country.

By the late 1950s CBC Radio began suffering audience losses, as private popular music stations were launched. Rock ’n’ roll, aided by the invention of the transistor radio and car radios (as well as TV), crushed CBC’s comedy and variety programs. By the late 1960s the audience numbers had so deteriorated that CBC even considered shutting down its radio services.

CBC TV finds itself today in a very fragile position, as desperate as radio’s was 50 years ago. Today CBC TV is only one (two if you count its news channel) of hundreds of channels, with less and less to distinguish it from private channels.

While chasing elusive ratings, CBC TV and, to a lesser extent, CBC Radio have been distancing themselves from the basic principles of public broadcasting. For example, CBC TV and Radio have journalistic policies dealing with the expression of opinion. The policy states: “CBC journalists do not express their own personal opinion because it affects the perception of impartiality and could affect an open and honest exploration of an issue.”

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