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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Growing apathy towards CBC

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

Beyond the noise coming from a constant self-congratulatory echo chamber on CBC streams, the CBC bandwagon might be hollowing out. As the embattled broadcaster lobbies for increased government dollars to "Save the CBC" underneath a cloud of checkered transparency and puzzling rationales, taxpayers' appetite for increased spending dries up. The CBC brass seems to be confused as to who its most valuable assets are: its not the "on-air personalities." It's the fans!

Read the full story here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CBC Loses $35 Million On The Olympics

CBC TV has struggled ever since it lost NHL hockey to Rogers in 2013. Sports, especially hockey, have always been the CBC's fallback programming strategy and when Rogers swooped in and paid billions for the NHL, the dazed CBC responded like a concussed defenceman. To compensate, CBC acquired the rights to the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympics and even before the 2016 games were in the books, the public broadcaster agreed to pay the IOC until 2024.

CBC management said that the Olympics would "break even" or "make a small profit" and that the decision was "fiscally responsible." Did CBC make a good business decision for taxpayers, its 'shareholders'?

Did the games break even or make a profit? CRTC data on CBC ad revenues show that the Olympics had a relatively modest impact on revenues in 2016. CBC English increased revenues by some $45 million in 2016 and the French network had basically no increase. So, overall, in 2016 the Olympics cost the CBC $80 million and generated incremental revenues of only about $45 million, creating a net loss of some $35 million.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CBC should be transparent and accountable when making corrections

Following HonestReporting Canada’s complaint, CBC News has updated its news article which sanitized Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti.

While we appreciate that a clarification notice was issued, it’s wholly unsatisfactory as it does not indicate that CBC amended their article to mention the context about Barghouti’s terror resume and how he was convicted for his role in the premeditated murder of five innocents. We’ve conveyed this concern to the CBC directly asking that this clarification be corrected. After all, transparency and accountability in corrections is vital and is required by CBC Standards and Practices.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CBC testing methods confuse scientists

Subway has released the lab reports from both of its independent tests. Both Maxxam Analytics in Ontario, Canada and Elisa Technologies, Inc. in Florida used enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) designed for food products to quantify soy in the chicken. ELISA's are a standard type of assay that generally detect and quantify substances based on binding by an antibody. In the assay, antibody binding kicks off a detectable chemical reaction, commonly resulting in a color change. In the case of Elisa Technologies, the lab used an antibody that binds to soy flour proteins and the lab used known concentrations of those soy proteins for comparison to determine the quantity of soy protein in Subway's chicken samples.

In all samples, Elisa detected 3 parts-per-million or less of soy proteins, which is well below one percent of the chicken. Maxxam detected 5.3 ppm of soy protein in the chicken, which is still well below one percent.

Earlier this week, Ars reported that an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Marketplace revealed that Subway chicken may only contain 50 percent chicken, with the rest being mostly soy. But, in the fallout from the news, food scientists are scratching their heads at the CBC’s testing methods and interpretation.

“The CBC’s story would not dissuade me from getting a chicken sandwich at Subway if I wanted one,” Mary Ellen Camire, told Ars. Camire, who says she’s generally more partial to meatball subs, is a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine as well as the former president of the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit, scientific society of food scientists. Central to her skepticism is the CBC’s choice to use a DNA test from a lab not specializing in food science. (The CBC investigation used a wildlife research center at Trent University.) DNA tests are useful if you want to know, say, if the fish you’re buying at the store is the type of fish the store says it is, she explains. But food scientists typically don’t use DNA tests to look for proportions of content.

Read the full story here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Is CBC dumbing down or shaping up for the digital age?

Rogers Media partnering with Vice Media to build a Toronto digital production studio provided a lightning rod Wednesday for CBC employees debating how the pubcaster can make a digital turn without dumbing down.

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.

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.

“Anything goes. Anything is acceptable. That’s not what we want to do at Radio-Canada with our newscasts. That’s not the model we’re moving towards. We need journalists to verify first,” he told the town hall.

For his part, Lacroix defended CBC/Radio Canada and its mobile-first digital strategy amid continuing job and programming cuts.

But he added CBC/Radio-Canada faced a “broken business model” as it moved to balance its books.

Read the full story here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

CBC should demand that boss Lacroix resign

Opinion - Oldie but goodie!
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Hypocrisy has reared its ugly head at the CBC.

CBC President Hubert Lacroix announced Friday that he quietly paid back $29,678.11 in inappropriate expenses last fall. The admittance came on the weekend, of course, when bad news is vetted to the press by media-savvy types.

Sun News host Brian Lilley reported last week that Lacroix repaid the expenses, incurred for hotels, meals and other expenses for work at CBC headquarters in Ottawa, away from his home in Montreal. Lacroix’s annual salary is between $350,000 and $421,000, and includes a $1,500 monthly living allowance, club memberships and a car allowance. He had been wrongly claiming accommodation costs since being appointed in 2008.

That Lacroix didn’t make public his repayment until the weekend is unconscionable, particularly since he paid it back months ago. This is not just an admittance of error, but an astounding lack of judgment.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CBC has not yet filed a statement of defence

Subway has filed a $210 million defamation lawsuit against the CBC alleging reports about the sandwich chain's chicken have caused it to suffer significant sales losses.

Subway alleges the CBC acted "recklessly and maliciously" in airing a Marketplace report in February that said DNA tests suggested some chicken products served by the chain could contain only 50 per cent chicken or less.

The company further alleges the tests conducted on the chicken "lacked scientific rigour," were conducted without appropriate methods by people without proper training and then interpreted by people who also lacked training.

Subway reacted angrily after the report aired, calling it false and misleading. The company said at the time its own analysis found only trace amounts of soy in its chicken.

The CBC has not yet filed a statement of defence.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Why the CBC should be more like HBO

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 corporation has always been unable to decide whether its mandate was to be an elite/niche broadcaster serving audiences the private networks would not, or whether it was to be a mass-audience, nation-uniting broadcaster.

The second is that the conditions that once justified public funding are no longer present. There is no longer any appreciable divide in the range and quality of offerings on public and private television: the real divide now is between subscription channels, like HBO, and the “free” advertising-financed models.

This is the third point: network television, of any kind, is doomed. Recent years have already witnessed a sharp decline in the amount of time spent watching television, while the dwindling television audience is further fragmented between more and more networks.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

7 CBC Executives Who Sheltered Jian Ghomeshi

At least 7 CBC Executives hid the human rights abuse of Jian Ghomeshi – Heather Conway, Chuck Thompson, Timothy Neesham, Arif Noorani, Hubert Lacroix, Linda Groen and Todd Spencer.

This article is a detailed account of how CBC management ignored reports of Jian Ghomeshi’s human rights abuse and sexual assault of women. The facts are clear.

As former CBC Radio star Jian Ghomeshi was being arraigned in a Toronto courtroom on four counts of sexual assault and one of resistance by choking, Chris Boyce, executive director of CBC Radio, a man Ghomeshi once called his professional “mentor,” was facing a different kind of scrutiny as he submitted to questions on-camera from Gillian Findlay, host of CBC’s The Fifth Estate.

In the interview, Findlay dropped a bombshell on Boyce: while CBC management claimed it investigated Ghomeshi with the show’s staff before firing him, 16 of 17 Q staffers told The Fifth Estate they had never been approached. There appeared to be no investigation, Findlay concluded.

Read the full story here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Subway Provides Notice To CBC That They Will Sue Over Chicken Claims

Subway has announced that it will be suing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for $210 million after the public broadcaster published a story claiming the sandwich chain's chicken contained only 50% poultry.

Subway says the allegations, made by CBC's Marketplace program, are "defamatory and absolutely false".

On February 24, 2017, CBC featured a story on its website with the headline "What's in your chicken sandwich? DNA test shows Subway sandwiches could contain just 50% chicken".

According to the story, Marketplace tested chicken from five major fast food restaurants and found that in two popular Subway sandwiches, the chicken tested only contained about half chicken DNA. The chicken tested from the other four fast food chains (A&W, McDonalds, Tim Hortons, and Wendy's) contained at least 84% chicken DNA.

Seeing as how the Subway chicken results were so different from the other restaurants, Marketplace repeated the tests with fresh samples of Subway chicken. But the same results were found: "the oven roasted chicken scored 53.6% chicken DNA, and the chicken strips were found to have just 42.8% chicken DNA." The majority of the remaining DNA was soy.

In response to the story, Suzanne Greco, Subway's president and chief executive, issued a statement saying, "The stunningly flawed test by Marketplace is a tremendous disservice to our customers," and that "the allegation that our chicken is only 50 per cent chicken is 100 per cent wrong."

Subway also had two independent labs test its chicken, and found that "the Canadian chicken products tested had only trace amounts of soy." Subway even took out a full page ad in The Globe and Mail with the statement, "Saying our chicken is only 50 per cent chicken is 100 per cent wrong."

Read the full story here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The CBC has apologized

The CBC has apologized after a barrage of complaints about a Canadian history series that has been savaged in two provinces, criticized by the Premier of Quebec and now earned a failing grade from several historians.

The public broadcaster says it never meant to offend “anyone or any group” and did not intend to “diminish the importance” of stories that were left out of Canada: The Story of Us, which was meant as a marquee program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the country. “

After the first two episodes, some people felt misrepresented and for that, we apologize,” the CBC said in a statement released on Tuesday after a week of attacks.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Quebec government says CBC should apologize

The Quebec government says the CBC should apologize for its controversial history series on Canada as the public broadcaster faces a swelling chorus of complaints over the TV program, which was meant to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary.

Quebec’s political leaders are joining officials in Nova Scotia in voicing criticism that Canada: The Story of Us ignores key historical events and offers offensive depictions of francophones when not overlooking them altogether.

“I think the CBC should offer an apology,” Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister for Canadian Relations in the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard, said in the legislature on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Employee Reviews at CBC

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Here are a couple of reviews by current and former employees at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

Current employee - "Not worth the psychological torture".

I have been working at CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) full-time (More than 8 years).

Pros - Decent pay and benefits, nice coworkers, stimulating work at times.

Cons - The entire corporation is riddled with incompetent middle managers who do more harm than good by trying to "make their mark" and stand out to higher-ups, high management turnover makes it hard to gain momentum on projects, the offices are filthy, people get sick a lot, it's impossible to move up within the corporation, tons of red tape, still a lot of bullying behaviour unaddressed, hours can be changed drastically for full time employees (eg. you may get hired for a 9-5 job, but end up working midnights or weekends.)

If you don't kiss the right butts and fall into the box, your career will stall. Talent doesn't matter to management as much as obedience. Stay away if you're under 30 or actually want to grow in your career. As much as they preach innovation, this place is run by dinosaurs. Stupid dinosaurs.

Former employee - "Put your money where your mouth is, CBC."

Pros - Good work/life balance. Great pay compared to other media orgs.

Cons - Really frustrating to try to get anything done within the bureaucracy. Very sexist within the unit I was working in. Hardly any diversity. Rubin report not followed at all. Advice to Management Fight against sexism and prejudice within a predominantly white male management structure. Instead of ordering an investigation and making a bunch of empty promises, actually treat people with a sense of equality. GET RID OF PEOPLE WHO ARE KNOWN TO BE abusive/incompetent!

Read more reviews here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nygard scores win against CBC

Winnipeg fashion designer Peter Nygard has won another court battle in his ongoing case against the CBC.

A Manitoba court of appeal decision delivered Friday denied the CBC's attempt to get Nygard's case thrown out and opened the way for the millionaire mogul to proceed with a defamation case against the national broadcaster.

“It's an absolutely huge victory for Nygard,” Nygard lawyer Jay Prober said. “They've tried everything to get summonses quashed … and hopefully in the end he'll get justice by virtue of this prosecution.”

Read the full story here.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Nova Scotia Premier says CBC must apologize

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is adding his name to a letter addressed to the president of the CBC saying the province was snubbed in the new miniseries Canada: The Story of Us.

The mayor of Annapolis Royal, N.S., Bill MacDonald, wrote the letter to the CBC's Hubert Lacroix, requesting an apology and a new episode after the series portrayed Quebec City as the site of the first permanent European settlement in 1608.

The trouble is that Samuel de Champlain helped establish a year-round habitation in Port-Royal, N.S., three years earlier in 1605. Today, Port-Royal is a national historic site close to the modern-day town of Annapolis Royal.

"Port-Royal was a place of first contact, forever marked by the welcoming of these Europeans in peace and friendship by Grand Chief Henri Membertou and the Mi'kmaq people," the letter reads.

"Episode one of the CBC miniseries effectively erases the collective early history of a whole province and its people — including the Mi'kmaq and the Acadians."

Read the full story here.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Is new CBC series historically inaccurate?

Canada’s public broadcaster is facing a growing backlash over a much-vaunted historical series that has angered politicians in the Maritimes, insulted Acadians and been denounced as anglo-centric and offensive in Quebec.

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly declined on Tuesday to comment on the CBC series, Canada: The Story of Us, which was introduced on the air March 26 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and meant as a way to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday.

Instead, the CBC has waded into a bog of controversy over its depictions of historical events and omissions in Canadian history.

“They’re presenting alternative history based on alternative facts,” says Laurent Turcot, a history professor from Quebec who has criticized the series. “It’s biased.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

CBC sued over offshore account reports

Saskatchewan lawyer Tony Merchant and his wife Senator Pana Merchant are suing the CBC for libel after the broadcaster ran stories accusing Tony of depositing $1.7 million into offshore accounts. 

Resulting from a massive leak of offshore financial data shared exclusively in Canada with CBC News, the broadcaster reported Tony Merchant started moving money into offshore “tax havens” in the Cook Islands and Bermuda in 1998 and his wife and the couple’s three sons are beneficiaries of the accounts.

The claim, which seeks general, special, aggravated, exemplary, and punitive damages, also accuses the CBC of defaming the Merchants by refusing to share the documents it obtained regarding the offshore accounts with the Canada Revenue Agency, the Post reports.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

CBC accused of wrongful dismissal

A former human resources executive for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the broadcaster, alleging that senior HR staff conspired to fire her while she was on medical leave and that CEO Hubert Lacroix breached his duties in refusing to review the matter, according to court documents.

Serena Thadani-Anthony served as Executive Director of HR from January 2015 to December 2015 in an interim capacity, after her predecessor Todd Spencer was fired in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal. She previously served as senior director of HR.

In her statement of claim, Thadani-Anthony says that just prior to her promotion, she was approached by HR director Tanya Lafreniere to provide confidential feedback about the leadership style of Josée Girard, who was then vice-president of people and culture and Thadani-Antony’s boss. She says Lafreniere told her there had been complaints about Girard.

Thadani-Anthony alleges that Girard had previously been dismissive of her candidacy for the permanent position of executive director and, in October 2015, encouraged her, a longtime CBC employee, to leave the company.

Thadani-Anthony said she began suffering medical complications brought on by the stress of her work environment in December 2015. She went on medical leave for respiratory issues the following February.

While on medical leave, she alleges that Lafreniere made a complaint against her, related to their confidential meeting, shortly before resigning herself. According to the statement of claim, Lafreniere was passed over in favour of Thadani-Anthony, when the position of corporate director of HR became vacant.

It is alleged that Girard, who was the subject of that confidential meeting, then directed CBC HR staff to review Thadani-Anthony’s e-mails and correspondence in an attempt to uncover information that could be used to fire her.

Read the full story here.

Monday, April 03, 2017

PM's CBC appearance didn't pass the smell test

Peter Mansbridge retires soon, but luckily CBC seems to have found its new face: Justin Trudeau.

Justin stars in the Story of Us, our state broadcaster’s series celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The prime minister was the opening act on the weekend, inviting viewers to “meet some of the exceptional women and men who have shaped our country’s character. (Pause, wink.) Like my dad.”

But, seriously, should the prime minister be joining the likes of Mansbridge, Rick Mercer, Wendy Mesley and Napkin Man on the CBC roll? There’s supposed to be a separation of state and state broadcaster.

It didn’t quite pass the smell test,” Ian Morrison, of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an advocacy group, tells iPolitics.

A cynic might wonder if there’s a connection between the primo promo gig and the prime minister flushing the CBC with fresh cash, after the Harper Horrors of the prior decade cut it to the bone.

Read the full story here.