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, February 28, 2017

Why is CBC weakening media diversity

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.

Emboldened, the CBC now aggressively markets itself as the only source of information that Canadians require. In the Winnipeg market, for example, CBC Radio runs endless promotional ads noting it is the No. 1 radio station in Winnipeg, by market share. It advertises its local news app as the only one you need.

It appears no one at the CBC has thought to ask: “How is it that a public broadcaster dominates a local market and why are we saying that it should be the public’s only source for local news?”

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

CBC has some experience with crisis

CBC has some experience with crisis. In the 1940s and ’50s, the broadcaster had radio audience ratings larger than today’s most popular television programs – the 10 o’clock national news had an audience share of 50 per cent. But by the late 1950s, CBC Radio was losing its audience, its role usurped by private popular music stations and television. By the late 1960s, CBC even considered shutting down its radio services.

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.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maxime Bernier will stop CBC competing with private media

When it was created 80 years ago, CBC/Radio-Canada was meant to give a voice to Canadians in the new world of radio broadcasting. It did the same later when television became a mass media.

At the time, there were only a few private channels. There was an obvious role for a public broadcaster trying to reach all Canadians in big cities or small and remote communities; to connect them to the rest of the country and the world; and to bring them together through a shared expression of ideas and culture. It worked very well for several decades and had a profound influence on how we see ourselves and the world.

Fast forward to 2016. The media landscape, with its hundreds of channels and its millions of sources of information and culture, is radically different.

What should be done? If I am elected leader of my party and prime minister, I propose to implement two fundamental reforms. First, the role and mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada have to be refocused. Do we need a public broadcaster that does game shows and cooking shows? Do we need a public broadcaster involved in sports when we have all-sports channels? Do we need a public broadcaster that runs bad Canadian copies of American popular shows? Do we need a public broadcaster that offers music streaming on the Web when there are thousands of music channels available? Do we need a public broadcaster that now has a website devoted to opinion journalism that competes with newspapers and magazines? The answer to all these questions is clearly no.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CBC has formal complaint launched against it by MP

An MP has lodged a formal complaint against the CBC for what he considers “shockingly offensive remarks” made in an opinion article featured on their website.

Garnett Genuis, the Conservative MP for Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan, submitted a letter to CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin to raise concerns about an opinion piece by journalist Neil Macdonald headlined “Simple truth is Canada’s mass shooters are usually white and Canadian-born.”

Genuis takes issue with several of the assertions in Macdonald’s column, including a line that the alleged shooter in the Quebec City mosque attack was “Probably a Christian, judging from his name.”

“This is an entirely false and deeply offensive statement that, were it to mention any other religious community, would be recognized immediately as plain bigotry,” the complaint reads in reference to a tweet by CBC’s The National regarding the column.

The CBC’s journalistic practices clearly state that “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.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CBC Is Threatening Its Future ...

CBC Is Threatening Its Future By Mixing Journalism And Opinion.

After my post last week complaining -- and yes, worrying -- about CBC journalist Keith Boag's personal opinions on Donald Trump, I told myself to lie low. It's the holiday season.

That turns out to be very hard to do, because once one notices the extent to which personal opinion has become the day-to-day fodder of an ever widening circle of CBC journalists, you see it, hear it and click on it everywhere.

Let me be crystal clear: this is threatening the future of the CBC.

These comments, these opinions, unequivocally violate -- spoiler alert: here's the broken record again -- CBC's long-standing, public and incredibly clearly-written policy statement that its journalists and the organization itself must not take ANY positions on issues in the public life of the country. They must be -- impartial.

Flouting the Corporation's own rules really is a serious problem for journalism at the CBC but, clearly, it now is journalism at the CBC.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Should CBC journalists offer personal opinions?

Should Keith Boag, CBC’s senior journalist in Washington, cover the ongoing sad state of politics in the US by offering strategic political campaign advice to the US Republican Party?

What’s worrisome here is that more and more often, CBC journalists are being asked to offer their personal takes (called analysis pieces) on stories they regularly cover. And more and more often, these analysis pieces seem to be venturing into what can only be described as personal opinion.

That’s actually the job of editorial commentators, of which CBC would be wise to use more.

A quick read of the CBC’s Code of Journalistic Practice makes it clear, in simple language, what CBC’s journalists can and cannot do.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CBC News Job Is Journalism, Not Opinion

Esther Enkin, CBC’s Ombudsman, has just reminded CBC News that the job of CBC’s journalists is …. journalism, not opinion-making.

Enkin was responding to a formal complaint from a CBC.ca reader about what he felt were “inflammatory & divisive & discriminatory” comments that CBC journalist Neil Macdonald recently made about Donald Trump’s supporters.

In her formal opinion, the Ombudsman makes it clear that “expressing opinion is prohibited by CBC policy” and that Macdonald’s remarks read “like opinion” and were “unnecessary in the context of this piece.”

A key line here comes at the end of her opinion: “If Mr. Macdonald were a columnist or an outside commentator …..”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CBC Music controversial topic

There's reportedly "growing anger" from commercial broadcasters over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) new online music service, according to Radio-Info. The service, CBC Music, was a "controversial topic" at the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, reports Sean Ross. 

One group head said during the Presidents Panel "that having the cash-hungry CBC invest in an online service that won’t bring in any revenues seems like 'misplaced resources.'" Another panelist, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Chairman Rick Arnish, said “It astounds me that the CBC would go ahead and launch” CBC Music.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CBCs shrinking audiences

Proposals regarding the CBC fail to note shrinking audiences especially for English language television. CRTC Annual Monitoring Reports (available online) show the CBC’s share of the English language television market fell from 13.2 percent in 1994 to 7.5 percent in 2000 and to 5.1 percent in 2012. While government financing has remained around $1bn, this segment of its mandate has been shrinking, so that on a per viewer basis the funding has been increasing.

If the CBC is to survive, consideration should be given to it being funded only by government and not selling commercials. The latter puts it in competition with private broadcasters, allowing it to use public funds to buy programs like major sporting events. In the UK and Australia, the public broadcaster is funded almost entirely by government, with far less angst being created between public and private broadcasters. A government owned broadcaster, if one is needed, can devote its attention to its public service mandate and have a far lesser concern for audience size.

Read the full report here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CBCs Unfair Advantage

Back in June 2014, when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation lost the rights for Hockey Night in Canada, Canada’s private news media’s future was set, more or less, to “Screwed.”

The Ceeb was losing its fattest revenue vein and entering survival mode just as news reportage was migrating to smartphones from newspapers, televisions, radios and desktop computers. It was then, as the broadcaster looked to reinvent itself, that all of us should have demanded its mandate be revisited — for every other news organization’s sake.

Two years later, without that re-examination, the CBC’s future is healthy while its competitors in privately owned print news cling to life. The reason: the CBC’s wholesale migration to the mobile web, by way of which our tax dollars are underwriting print news (and now even newspaper-like opinion) for the price — zero — that most Canadians are willing to pay to read such stuff on their iPhones.

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Is the CBC a commodity or public good?

In front of the House of Commons Heritage committee the Globe and Mail’s Phillip Crawley said that CBC News is his newspaper’s “largest competitor,” and iPolitics publisher James Baxter called CBC News an “uber-predator.” Meanwhile, the National Post’s David Berry called the CBC’s recent move to offer opinion on its website “irresponsible…particularly when it is doing so out of its own news budget.” Local online organizations have also decried the CBC’s emphasis on digital content. Metro Edmonton’s editor contends the “taxpayer-funded corporation is helping accelerate our demise.”

Simply put, this view contends that the CBC should only do things that private media don’t or won’t do. The CBC should confine itself to doing things where the market has failed to deliver or there’s no money to be made, such as television and radio for remote and Indigenous communities. According to this logic, public broadcasting is allowed to exist as long as it does not encroach on the space of private media. The CBC should confine itself to opera rather than pop music, which is a domain where commercial media can make a buck. This neoliberal view positions the CBC as a commodity in the market, as opposed to a public good outside it.

Canada’s national public broadcaster is intended to be a public good.

Read the full story here and then YOU decide.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CBC large online footprint distorting the market

The Trudeau government won’t be bailing out Canada’s struggling news industry, The Huffington Post Canada has learned.

The upcoming federal budget will include no cash to set up a civic journalism fund — as was recently recommended by the Public Policy Forum in a report commissioned by Heritage Canada, several sources confirmed.

The government already has a “news bureaucracy” with the CBC, whose large online footprint is “distorting the market” for local newspapers, said Winnipeg Free Press publisher Bob Cox, the chair of Newspapers Canada.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

CBC's five-year plan leaves questions

In a media world that seems to undergo seismic changes with the seasons, it is tempting fate for the CBC to unveil a five-year plan, let alone one that asserts the public broadcaster’s irreplaceability.

Not only does the five-year strategy outlined on Thursday aim to make CBC “the public space at the heart of our conversations and experiences as Canadians” — no small feat, that — but it also vows that, in 2020, “three out of four Canadians will answer that CBC or Radio-Canada is very important to them personally.”

Not unless the Canada of five years from now is one in which its citizens are prone to excessive hyperbole.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Why does CBC uses taxpayers’ money to operate websites

Although they are talking of establishing a new five-year “accountability plan” for the CBC, the Liberals seem to think the logic of giving the broadcaster more money is self-evident. Because it’s the CBC, you can imagine them saying.

But given the revolutionary changes to the media landscape, wouldn’t this be a good time to revisit what we want from public broadcasting, and how best to achieve it, before simply writing a giant cheque?

The CBC is making all the right noises about investing much of the new cash in a digital strategy of some kind. That sounds necessarily futuristic and sensitive to the disruptive nature of today’s communications technology.

But as someone who works in privately owned media, as a writer, broadcaster and business owner, I find it hard to understand why the CBC uses taxpayers’ money to operate websites that compete directly with every newspaper, magazine and broadcaster in the country. Is the Internet so short on sources of information that we need another one, subsidized by the government?

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

CBC Go Public reports are 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. As a result, we are terminating our relationship with one franchisee who operated three restaurants in Victoria, B.C., initiating a comprehensive review of all company and franchise-owned restaurants across Canada regarding use of the Program and we are working closely with Service Canada to ensure full compliance with all regulations.

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.

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 06, 2017

CBC and Alberta premier settle defamation suit

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has agreed to pay Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed $50,000 and court costs and broadcast an apology to the premier for the way he was portrayed in a 1977 'docudrama,' Court of Queen's Bench was told Monday.

R.A. McLennan, Lougheed's lawyer, told the court the time needed for Lougheed's defamation suit had been 'shortened from three weeks to three minutes' because of the out-of-court settlement reached Friday.

The settlement called for the crown corporation to pay the Alberta premier $50,000 in general damages and legal costs of $32,500.

In addition the CBC would never run the program again and would televise an apology to Lougheed over the national television network Monday night, the Minutes of Settlement said.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Huge libel award against CBC makes legal history

Dr. Frans Leenen thought his professional reputation had been left in tatters when the CBC broadcast a public affairs program on the use of calcium-channel blockers in 1996. Four years later, the CBC knows exactly how he felt.

In a blistering judgement released Apr. 20, Mr. Justice J.D. Cunningham of the Ontario Superior Court found the fifth estate guilty of acting with malice against the Ottawa hypertension specialist. He ordered the CBC to pay Leenen $950 000 in general, aggravated and punitive damages, plus his legal costs. Richard Dearden, one of the Ottawa lawyers who has represented Leenen since his suit was launched in 1996, says those costs will total more than $1 million.

Leenen now has the dubious distinction of being part of Canadian legal history. "This is the largest [defamation] award against the media in the history of the country," says a jubilant Dearden.

In the end, the hour-long broadcast may cost the CBC up to $5 million because of the Leenen ruling and an earlier judgement in favour of Toronto cardiologist Martin Myers, who was awarded $200 000 for defamation last November.1 The CBC must also pay his costs.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Why did the CBC change their story?

News report from Faith Goldy ...
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I’ve just spent two days in Quebec City, investigating the mass murder at the mosque here. But I’m leaving with more questions than I came here with.


Why did police arrest one of the murder suspects, Mohamed Belkhadir, and keep him overnight, and have a press conference saying he was a suspect — but then suddenly let him go, saying he was just a witness swept up by accident?

Why did the CBC broadcast an interview of a Muslim eyewitness saying the shooter shouted “Allah Akbar” — but then change that to “f-ck you” by the time the broadcast Peter Mansbridge’s nightly newscast?

Why has the remaining suspect, Alexandre Bissonnette, been charged with murder, but not with terrorism?

And why as Justin Trudeau’s office being demanding that reporters in Canada — and around the world — delete their reports that accurately reflected the original police statement that Belkhadir was a suspect?

There may be very reasonable answers to all of these questions. And none of it changes the horrific fact of this mass murder.

But the more Trudeau’s office weighs in on the media coverage, and the more Canada’s state broadcaster spins this crime as some sort of Donald Trump-inspired violence, the more I’m worried we’re not getting the full story.

Blessings,

Faith Goldy

P.S. Thank you for supporting my two-day investigation in Quebec. Unlike the CBC, which receives $1.5 billion a year from Trudeau, we’re 100% viewer-supported. If you want to help chip in to cover my airfare and hotel please go to www.QuebecTerror.com  where you can also see all of my videos on the subject.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CBC slammed over “toxic work environment”

According to court documents, Julia Evans was “experiencing severe bouts of stress, anxiety and depression as a direct result of a toxic work environment engendered by (the CBC.)”

Five days after her termination, a doctor told the 37-year-old that she was “unfit to work.”

Evans claims she was fired without cause or reasonable notice but her lawsuit does refer to “unfounded and spurious allegations of cause,” which brought on psychological stress.

The former HR leader also alleges that CBC treated her “in a malicious, high-handed, arrogant and contemptuous manner” – she is seeking $110,000 in lieu of a year’s notice, plus damages for lost benefits and pension contributions.

Read the full story here.