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, January 31, 2017

Refugee Lawsuit Says CBC Documentary Outed Him as Gay

In a lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, an Iranian refugee claims that a 2007 documentary outed him as a homosexual, subjecting him to violence and persecution in the Islamic republic.

The CBC film “Inside Iran’s Secret Gay World” detailed the country’s “perilous and inhuman circumstances faced by homosexuals and their struggle for civil rights,” Farzam Dadashzadeh says in his Aug. 15 lawsuit in British Columbia Supreme Court.

Dadashzadeh says he was studying English and working as a hairstylist in Tehran during the filming, and had not disclosed his sexual orientation to family or friends, nor did he ever intend to.

The film included footage from the Jam-a-Jam restaurant in Tehran, “which was identified in the documentary as a known weekly gathering place for homosexuals and transgender people in the city.”

It used footage from a hidden camera, including several close-ups of Dadashzadeh’s face. Because it was shot surreptitiously, he was given no chance to leave the area or cover his face to avoid being identified. The film was broadcast in February 2007, and went “viral” in Iran, according to the lawsuit.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 30, 2017

CBC Being Sued Over Land Deal Reporting

Bill Boyd has launched a lawsuit against the CBC and reporter Geoff Leo in the wake of two stories relating to a series of land transactions that occurred in the course of Boyd’s work as minister responsible for the Global Transportation Hub.

The lawsuit, filed at Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on Tuesday, claims many of the “allegations, implications and/or assertions published by the Defendants conveyed, by the plain meaning of the words and by innuendo, that Boyd had acted unlawfully.”

“These statements and implications are and were untrue,” the claim states.

The statement of claim contains allegations not proven in court. A statement of defence has not yet been filed.

The claim references two stories written by Leo and published and broadcast by the CBC titled, “Businessmen made millions on Regina land that wound up in taxpayers’ hands” and “Sask. politicians call for review of puzzling land transactions uncovered in iTeam investigation.”

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Maxime Bernier says CBC seems frozen in time ...

Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier is promising to overhaul CBC/Radio-Canada – an institution he says “seems frozen in time” — by cutting hundreds of millions in funding, streamlining its mandate and getting it out of the advertising market.

Bernier says CBC/Radio-Canada “should stop doing three-quarters of what it still does” that private broadcasters are already doing, including running game shows and cooking programs, sports programming, music streaming and a website devoted to opinion journalism.

It also needs to stop “unfairly” competing with struggling private media in a shrinking advertising market, he says.

With a media landscape that now includes hundreds of channels and millions of sources of information and culture, “CBC/Radio-Canada seems frozen in time,” he said.

“It tries to occupy every niche, even though it doesn’t have and will never have the means to do so, with the result being lower-quality programming,” Bernier told reporters.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Additional CBC funding could amount to blank cheque

A group of Quebec broadcasters has fired back at CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix over remarks made during an appearance at the University of British Columbia on Tuesday.

Groupe Serdy president and CEO Sébastien Arsenault, Groupe V Média president and CEO Maxime Rémillard, and TVA Group president and CEO Julie Tremblay released a joint statement Wednesday saying Lacroix had mischaracterized their position as a desire to keep the public broadcaster locked into the “status quo.”

The executives said they are actually advocating for a “thorough review” of CBC/Radio-Canada’s mandate as part of the review of Canada’s broadcast system announced by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The statement argued that if there is “no accountability” for an additional $675 million in government funding CBC/Radio-Canada is slated to receive, the “already precarious balance” between the public broadcaster and the rest of the industry “will be destroyed.”

The executives expressed concern the funding could amount to a “blank cheque” for CBC/Radio-Canada to step up its “already ferocious competition” against private broadcasters.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Former CBC Director Launches Lawsuit

A former senior director at the CBC has launched a lawsuit against the broadcaster alleging he was harassed by one of his bosses for two years before he was dismissed from the organization. 

Christopher (Jim) Kozak alleges that Jean Mongeau, CBC’s general manager and chief revenue officer for media solutions, harassed, intimidated and bullied him from late 2014 until his April 2016 dismissal.

In a statement of claim filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Kozak says the behaviour involved “speaking in a condescending manner” towards him, “unnecessary pressure tactics around work assignments,” and “unjustly challenging and ‘grilling’ Kozak at one-on-one meetings and deliberately putting him on the defensive.”

Kozak is seeking $350,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal, $500,000 in aggravated or moral damages, and $250,000 in punitive damages.

The filing alleges the CBC has failed to implement the recommendations of the Rubin Report, an independent workplace study by lawyer Janice Rubin.

The statement of claim alleges the broadcaster only pays “lip service” to the recommendations.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Police in Quebec Sue CBC Radio-Canada

A year after CBC Radio-Canada reported allegations of police sexually and physically abusing Aboriginal women in Val-d’Or, Quebec, the broadcaster is getting sued for $2.3 million. As first reported by La Presse, forty police officers have filed the defamation lawsuit claiming their reputations have been tainted by the reporting.

According to the La Presse article, the police are arguing the CBC Radio-Canada reporting upset their relationship with the community and tainted the reputation of the officers who do not have sexual abuse allegations against them. They also call Radio-Canada’s reporting biased, inaccurate, and incomplete. The Provincial Police Association of Quebec, who’s funding the lawsuit, did not have an English-speaking spokesperson immediately available for comment. If they become available, this story will be updated.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

CBC plan makes no sense

A union representing employees at the CBC is sounding the alarm on what it says is the national broadcaster's plan to sell off all of its buildings.

The Canadian Media Guild said, in a news release, that CBC announced at a staff town hall today (September 22) that it will be "selling all its property across the country, including major production facilities in Montreal and Toronto".

"The decision to close down production centres is of great concern for our members as it should be for all Canadians, and seriously jeopardizes the CBC's ability to do meaningful production in the future," Marc-Philippe Laurin, CBC branch president for the CMG, stated in the release.

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 20, 2017

HRC Prompts CBC to Amend Misleading Headline

On January 10, CBC News.ca published an Associated Press article with a terribly misleading and unfair headline that wrongly portrayed Israeli soldiers as having killed an innocent Palestinian man.

The headline stated the following: “Israeli troops kill Palestinian in West Bank raid”.

In truth, Israeli soldiers were on an arrest raid in the west bank and the Palestinian had attacked the soldiers with a knife. HonestReporting Canada conveyed to CBC editors in a complaint yesterday that their article’s headline should refer to the Palestinian as an “attacker” considering that Israel claims he tried to stab their soldiers, even if the headline is in attribution. Failing which, readers who only saw the headline could wrongly conclude that Israeli troops killed an innocent Palestinian during a west bank arrest raid to detain wanted terrorists. We conveyed that people read headlines 3:1 over the adjacent article – so context in headlines is vital.

Following our complaint, CBC amended this headline to mention that the Israeli “military say he was armed”.

See the whole story and the before and after headlines here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

CBC to Ignore Older Viewers for Younger Ones

Canada's CBC on Thursday said it will increasingly ignore older TV viewers to target younger ones fleeing the public broadcaster for the Internet and mobile platforms.

To attract a younger, networked generation, the cash-strapped CBC will do fewer supper-hour newscasts and impose "significant" production cuts as it drives into the digital space.

"CBC/Radio Canada is transitioning from a business model founded on conventional broadcasting … to a digital future, where content can be created and distributed with a smartphone," the Canadian network said in a 19-page document issued Thursday.

Ceding the broadcast space to private sector rivals like Bell Media, Rogers Media and Shaw Media, the CBC said it will increasingly target TV audiences going forward, shift to digital platforms and cut jobs and infrastructure in the five years leading up to 2020.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AARC v CBC litigation

We are always interested in hearing and getting input from interested Canadians who are concerned about CBC actions and their use of tax payer funds.

This story was sent to us recently and is very timely:
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An Alberta Law Society Hearing with a lawyer named Brian Fish is to be held this week on January 18, 2017. This lawyer has substantial involvement in the AARC v. CBC litigation, which is comprised of more than one Action filed in the Court of Queen's Bench, Judicial District of Calgary. An associated and important claim, which sheds light on some of the issues in the AARC v. CBC claim and which CBC and Brian Fish have now been attached is AARC Society v. Amy Sparks Action No:1101-06250 filed May 4, 2011. Mr. Fish played a part in the substance of the Spark's pleadings.

Should the whole affair be discussed in the House of Commons? Some believe the actions of CBC executives, journalists, and their legal department are egregious.

To see information on this upcoming hearing click here.

CBC News an ‘uber-predator’ in digital advertising market

John Honderich, chair of Torstar Corp., pulled no punches, telling the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage “there is a crisis of declining good journalism across Canada and at this point we only see the situation getting worse.”

Honderich said The Toronto Star, his company’s flagship publication, will have 170 journalists in its newsroom at the end of this year, down from 470 ten years ago. He noted as an example careers advertising, which once brought in $75 million in revenue each year for the company, and now no longer exists as a revenue stream because of free online portals.

Honderich also brought to the committee’s attention the competition media companies are facing in the digital advertising market from the online operations of CBC News, which he said was “spending incredibly on its website” and doing so with “unlimited resources.”

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

CBC in Digital Age - dumbing down or shaping up?

With CBC president Hubert Lacroix and CBC board members and other top execs gathered in Montreal for their annual public meeting, CBC employees vented about a mobile-first strategy that aims to transform the pubcaster.

Early in the town hall, Lacroix pointed to Vice Media, which originated 20 years ago in Montreal as a punk magazine, as one of CBC/Radio-Canada’s looming digital competitors as the radio and TV network embraces a digital future.

During a panel discussion by top CBC journalists and personalities, Patrice Roy, host of Le Téléjournal Grand-Montréal 18 h, Radio-Canada’s supper-hour newscast, argued Vice Media represented a bridge too far as a model for a transforming pubcaster.

Roy said the youth-skewing global media group operated at the intersection of news and entertainment, while providing no context for audiences.

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 13, 2017

CBC President Hubert Lacroix hid expense story for 6 months

The Hubert Lacroix $30,000 expense story has more holes than Swiss Cheese. CBC President Hubert Lacroix was personally involved in filing potentially fraudulent expense claims and then hid the story for 6 months. It cannot be wished away with a presidential wave of the hand and half-hearted apology.

Lacroix’s partial apology to “Canadians who support the CBC” does not wash. It is a partial apology not to the House of Commons, the Senate and all Canadians.

“I want to apologize to my fellow employees at CBC/Radio-Canada.… We are now entering a period of great challenge, and I want to assure our CBCers and Radio-Canadiens that they can continue to have faith in their leaders. I also want to apologize to all those Canadians who support CBC/Radio-Canada for this careless error.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CBC Hubert Lacroix CEO salary secrecy

Things that make you go "hmmmmmmmm" ...
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Bombardier and CBC: Billion dollar subsidies for both, CEO salary secrecy for one ...

While Bombardier might be getting billion dollar taxpayer subsidies, at least we know what they pay their top executives. But that’s not the case with the CBC, at least when it comes to disclosing salaries.

CBC demands secrecy despite being government owned, government controlled and government funded.

It’s bad enough that they behave this way but it’s even worse when this attitude is coming from an institution that demands accountability and transparency from everyone else.

I say if we know the salary of the CEO of Bombardier, we should be able to find out the salary of the CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

See the full story here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CBC broadcaster comments prompts outpouring of rage

China’s angry Olympics took a Canadian turn after comments from a CBC broadcaster about a Chinese athlete prompted an outpouring of rage in a country where ill feeling has boiled over after a series of perceived insults.

Chinese state media called commentator Byron MacDonald “abusive” after the CBC aired him saying “that little 14 year old girl from China dropped the ball” at the women’s 4x200-metre freestyle relay Thursday. She “went out like stink and died like a pig,” Mr. MacDonald said. The CBC subsequently apologized, saying “we sincerely regret that these comments were made.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cost of new CBC Building to remain confidential

The future Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal, the cost of which is still unknown, will start to be built in August 2017 in anticipation of an opening in January 2020.

Senior management made the announcement Thursday at the current Maison Radio-Canada building, taking advantage of the opportunity to unveil the model of the new buildings, all glazed with glass and green spaces all around.

Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO, noted that the cost would remain confidential as long as the file had not been processed by the Treasury Board.

The timetable is tight: executives must go before the board in April or May, receive approval in June, conclude the transaction in July, and then begin construction in August. This must be completed by the end of 2019 for an opening in January 2020.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 09, 2017

CBC does about face on advertising

Advertising does not detract from the CBC’s mandate and there is no good public policy reason to eliminate advertising from its television services.

At this point you’d be forgiven for thinking that this column is about to pick apart the CBC’s request to the federal government this week for a massive increase in funding — $318 million more to be exact — so it can broadcast all its services free of ads.

"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.

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 06, 2017

CBC Ombud Partially Upholds HRC Complaint

On January 3, CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin partially upheld a recent HonestReporting Canada complaint finding that a November article by Mideast bureau chief Derek Stoffel which mentioned Canada’s cutting core funding to UNWRA under the Harper administration, should have included relevant context stating that the funding cut was due to UNWRA’s being closely tied to the Hamas terrorist group and was a hotbed for anti-Israel extremism.

As we told the CBC, failure to mention this information may have led CBC readers to wrongly conclude that core funding to UNWRA was at the time cut for strictly political or other purposes.

Ms. Enkin agreed with our perspective by noting the following:

“It is true that this was not the main thrust of the larger article, but the way it is phrased can lead to the impression that the funding was withdrawn because the agency was assisting Palestinians in any way. It is too broad to be clear. The Conservatives ended the funding because there were allegations that it was too closely tied to Hamas. I agree some reference to the Conservative government’s concern that UNWRA had ties to Hamas as the reason for ending the funding would be more accurate and would provide context.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Seven Wonders of CBC Decision Making

Editor: Found this ... hope you enjoy as much as we did!

You gotta love this, in semi-socialist Canada we have a government run TV network – the CBC. Think PBS with poor content and a way bigger budget. They decided to run a contest to select the “7 Wonders of Canada”. The results are typical of what a CBC committee would do and it shows why crown corporations have no business competing in the entertainment business. Here is the web page: http://www.cbc.ca/sevenwonders/the_judges.html

Talk about the Seven Wonders of CBC decision making: Can you believe that through the power of politically correct committee-think -- a canoe and an igloo are "wonders" in Canada -- but the CN Tower, Cathedral Grove and the Bay of Fundy are not? A wonder is a place you can visit and feel awed by; what tourist would travel to Canada to see a canoe? I assure you I did not go to Egypt to see a felucca, I wanted to see Pyramids that touch the sky.

The CBC decision-making process is typical of New Age thinking, where the overriding concern seems to be not to offend. The committee was careful to find a wonder in every geopolitical zone so it is nice and fair to people who live on the edge of nowhere.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Open Letter to CBC President

For the Record: Open Letter to the President of the CBC

Letter to the CBC from the Treasurer, Thomas Conway.

I am writing because of my concerns with your recent CBC TV News story about disbarred lawyer Richard Chojnacki. The story is neither balanced nor accurate.

I am disappointed and dismayed that where the program's producers had access to additional facts that did not fit their storyline, they chose not to use them. There were opportunities to provide the viewer with more recent facts that bear significantly on the Law Society's role in the protection of the public interest.

The Law Society of Upper Canada takes very seriously its responsibility to protect the public interest, and to do so in an open and transparent manner. The events at the centre of your story began in 2004. Since then the Law Society has sought, and obtained, increased statutory authority in the managing of cases where a lawyer or paralegal is being investigated for professional misconduct. This significant fact, as I explained in my interview with the CBC, was ignored. Similarly, the Law Society has sought, and obtained, increased statutory authority permitting us to alert authorities in cases of imminent risk. Again, you failed to balance your story by letting your viewers know about these important developments.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

CBC Peter Mansbridge owes reign to luck, not skill

Anyone who enjoys a good fairy tale ought to check out the career of Peter Mansbridge, the CBC’s national news reader, as it draws to a close.

His is the story of an entirely unremarkable guy who, through both accident and design, was transformed into an elite Canadian journalist, one of the highest-paid by Canadian standards and one of the most recognizable. Many moments in this story invite amazement.

It’s well known that Mansbridge was discovered when, as a high school dropout, he was working as a baggage handler for Transair, a small airline in Churchill.

One of his occasional duties was calling flights. A traveller in the radio business liked that deep baritone voice and offered him a job. Mansbridge, who’s on record as never having considered journalism, accepted, and started off on his new path as lifelong lottery winner. That was 1968.

Almost 50 years later, Mansbridge has been king of the castle, host of the CBC’s flagship nightly news show The National for almost 30 years.

Mansbridge’s parting self-reverence has provoked a wave of discontent and a clear lack of gratitude for his services, especially from journalists who understand the difference between kitchen workers and the maitre d’hotel.

In an ironic twist, Mansbridge now finds himself on the sharp end of serious journalism, exposed as making an obscene amount of money for merely putting his voice to the labours of researchers, writers, editors, producers and technicians. The website Canadaland reports (and Mansbridge has not denied ) his most recent salary is just over $1 million a year, plus perks, earning him three times the salary of the prime minister. As the news business is driven to its knees, his negotiated pension will be $500,000 a year, enough to hire 10 journalists with student loans to pay off.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Peter Mansbridge adept at influencing CBC news management

Ever since the late 80s when he used an offer from one of the American television networks as leverage to replace Knowlton Nash as anchor, Peter Mansbridge has been very adept at influencing CBC news management. The National is now built around his persona.

He, and he alone, conducts the many panels that eat up a lot of time on the program. He has a separate interview program on CBC News Network, and often, large segments of this program are run on The National, even when they are of dubious news value.

The National was once the leading newscast in the country, handily beating the competition in raw numbers, but also in breaking news stories. Sadly, its best days are behind it and have been for some years. And, Mr. Mansbridge, with all his awards and honours, has presided over this decline.

Read the full story here.