It's 2018 and cbcExposed continues to hear from confidential sources inside the CBC about CBC management snooping on its employees, company waste, low employee morale, huge salaries and benefits for the President and other senior management, gender bias and other scandals and we will continue to expose their reports on our blog while we protect our sources. We take joy in knowing that the CBC-HQ visits us daily to spy on us and read our stories such as news bias, waste, the CBC Sunshine List, ongoing scandals including the epic Dr. Leenen case against The Fifth Estate (the largest libel legal 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 an award winning 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 with 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 Bell Media-CTV, Shaw-Global, Rogers, etc.

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- certainly not give them more of our tax money-enough is enough!

The CBC network’s ratings continue to plummet while their costs and our tax- payer subsidies continue to go up! In 2018 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 every year. That’s 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!

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, October 12, 2018

The CBC is a great source of fake news

Surprisingly there may be more fake news in Canada than in the USA. In Canada, a few corporations control all the news. There is very little competition to force them to be honest. So, Canadian news media report their own bias and prejudices, including their own self interest.

The CBC is a great source of fake news. The CBC controls the news across Canada. “CBC/Radio-Canada’s reach is 87%… of Canadians (who) watch or listen to something from their public broadcaster every month.”

But the CBC is our champion you say, an honest source of news in a commercialized world. Let me give you an example of how the CBC reports Fake News.

How could the President of the CBC cheat on his expense claims and CBC printed just two stories exonerating him.

Here’s what happened. The CBC President claimed the same $30,000 in expenses twice. He tried to hide the facts but the story got out. CBC barely covered the story twice, using their own reporters who would be easy on their boss.

With the help of sympathetic big media, the story died.

At the same time, when it served their purpose, the CBC went all out to report the phony $90,000 expense scandal of Senator Mike Duffy. I say phony because the judge at trial said it wasn’t true. Despite the lack of evidence, the CBC broadcast story after story painting Mike Duffy as a greedy, evil person who cheated Canadians.

Mike Duffy-as-crook fake news stories became a daily fixation for the CBC. They disparaged him for his weight, heart disease, his cottage on Prince Edward Island. The CBC dug up every old story and rumour and piled it on.

After a long and sensationalized trial, the court exonerated Mike Duffy. He was innocent of all charges.

The CBC never apologized.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CBC continues to spread disinformation

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association did a superb point-by-point takedown of a CBC video on gun laws packed with errors, misleading suggestions and possibly a wrongful confiscation by law-enforcement officers.

The “Guns in Canada 101” video in a CBC series on Keeping Canada Safe shows conservation officers saying falsehoods about several parts of the law as they inspect shooters and seize gear. In addition, the state broadcaster’s graphics and captions are either incorrect or paint a picture of gun owners and recreational shooters that many of us wouldn’t recognize.

“The CBC, that government mouthpiece funded by 1.5 billion taxpayer dollars, continues to spread disinformation about Canada’s gun laws,” the CSSA said today in its newsletter.

Read the full story here.

Update: CBC temporarily removed the video on April 12 after a complaint to its ombudsman.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CBC's biased journalism spreads fake news

On Friday, June 8, 2018 Toronto Police issued a press release advising the public of “an arrest in three Hate-motivated Assault investigations.”

CTV News, Global News, 680 News, CP24 and Toronto Star reported on this story in an informative manner. Their news stories included the basic facts provided by the police, such as the name of the suspect, the allegations against him and the Police appeal to the public.

The CBC, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation that is available from coast to coast to coast and is funded by the Canadian tax-payer, reported on the Police press release but omitted the name of the alleged assailant.

Why would the CBC leave out the name of the alleged assailant when it was available to all media outlets?

The name, which appears to be Muslim, would indicate that this may not be a hate crime toward the Muslim community. Giving the name could have reduced fear of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Why would the CBC let Canadians from coast to coast to coast believe that this was an anti-Muslim attack? Does this not intentionally create a false impression in the minds of the readers that is tantamount to spreading fake news?

Isn’t the omission of the name of the suspect in the hijab attack an example of FAKENEWS that only encourages “identity politics” and promotes the narrative that the Muslim community is under attack?

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

CBC News Sets the Standard for Crackpot Conspiracy Theories

CBC Hires Alt-Left Conspiracy Theorist To Produce "The Weekly".  Ezra Levant of The Rebel reports on CBC's Wendy Mesley giving airspace to alt-left conspiracy theories and fake news.

Friday, October 05, 2018

CBC News story was misleading

CBC’s The National ran a very touching story this week about the hard choices faced by three Toronto men holding down minimum wage jobs. It was both empathetic and sympathetic. Good. We shouldn’t skimp on either for people who are worse off than we are.

But, though not actually fake news, as insight into the minimum wage debate, the story was misleading. At one stage, reporter Nick Purdon, moved by the plight of the three men, reflected on how eight per cent of Canadians live like this.

No, they don’t. Eight per cent of Canadians may earn the minimum wage (in fact, the StatsCan report I’m going to rely on here says 6.8 per cent, though that was for 2013). But very few are middle-aged men relying on their minimum wage job for their entire income.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

CBC caught pushing fake news

CBC caught pushing fake news about “racist” RCMP in Colten Boushie case.

In August 2016, a 22-year-old Aboriginal man from The Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan was shot dead by a farmer named Gerald Stanley, but that's not where the story begins, nor where it ends.

CBC published a story accusing the RCMP of allowing Stanley to go home on the night of his arrest for murder without making a statement, and not seizing Stanley’s clothes to test for blood spatter and gunshot residue.

But neither of those things are true and there are court documents to prove it.

Read the full story and see the video here.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Fake News On CBC? Who Funds This Nonsense?

When a government news agency promotes false information to subvert a government scientific safety decision, it is time to re-evaluate their role and if they should even receive government support. Their November 6th 2017 interview is a shameful distortion of facts, evidence, and directly opposes the science-based decision that government regulators made.

As usual, the object in question is glyphosate, the low-toxicity herbicide that has been used for about four decades. It has been recognized for its low toxicity by 100 world governments, most that did their own independent evaluation. It has a reasonable half life in the environment, low environmental impact, and efficacy against a wide variety of weeds.


The opening sentence is just false. "Glyphosate accumulates in all our organs " says Theirry Vrain. Someone should revoke his scientific credentials. There is no evidence to support this position, he is making up information with the intent to scare. He's using his position as a former government scientist and doctorate holder to spread false information.

Once again, CBC lends their microphone and credibility to a non-substantiated viewpoint by someone that has always had damning information about biotechnology, and someone that has almost always been dead wrong.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Never Trust the CBC

The CBC thinks you and I are “far-right.” Why? Well, according to the state broadcasting, opposing illegal immigration, worrying about ISIS terrorism, and loving our country is all it takes to be far-right these days.

Over the Victoria Day long weekend, a group of protesters headed down to Roxham Road in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, to protest illegal immigration and the Trudeau government’s handling of the border crisis.

In response, a group of far-left violent anarchists staged a counter-protest. The leftist mob was violent – against both police officers and a right-wing journalist who accidentally went to the wrong protest.

But how did the CBC cover this?

You guessed it, they maligned the group protesting against illegal border crossings, while celebrating the counter-protesters – even though the latter were violent.

Read the full story here.

Friday, September 28, 2018

CBC says it didn't know

Canada's national broadcaster has asked its ethics commissioner to review its use of a journalism job board run by one of the country's top oil and gas industry lobbyists, in search of potential conflict of interest.

Keith Stewart, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace Canada believes there’s legitimate reason for concern. In an interview with National Observer, he said, “When the head of public relations for the most controversial industry in the country is also helping journalists get jobs, it raises eyebrows.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Michael Morrison's biggest fan is the CBC

In an exclusive Freedom of Information request filed by The Rebel it has been uncovered that partisan Twitter troll, blogger, and pride parade gatekeeper, Michael Morrison has been receiving thousands of dollars every month from Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's NDP government!

Morrison has been featured in almost every media outlet in Calgary, and it will be no surprise to you to learn that the state broadcaster, the CBC is his biggest fan.

Read the full story and watch the video here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

CBC has become a purveyor of leftism and social activism

In a series of tweets Sunday, Maxime Bernier, leader of the newly launched People’s Party, said he had been a victim of an “astonishing lack of professionalism.” It occurred at the hands of two stars of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s celestial team of personalities: Rosemary Barton and Wendy Mesley. Their performances were so abominable, said Bernier, that they should be “fired or sanctioned.”

As intellectually warped as the Mesley/Barton smears on Bernier were — and warped is the right word — talk of firing and sanctions is misplaced. The problem certainly demands radical reform, but you can’t fire journalists for doing the very job the CBC hired them to do: to front for a state-funded corporate news organization that has become, by design, a purveyor of leftism and social activism

Reform must come at the top, and the only way that happens is by stopping the flow of government money that provides CBC executives with the power to shape the corporation’s ideological agenda. There is just one solution: Unfund the CBC.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

AARC is in litigation with the CBC

Dealing with addiction during adolescence is complex. Consequently, AARC’s program and its leadership have been the focus of public debate and criticism on occasion. Allegations regarding connections to other treatment programs, the qualifications of AARC’s staff, its unique treatment processes, access, cost and abuse can be found on both digital and in traditional media. These allegations were most notably covered in a Fifth Estate broadcast, aired by the CBC in February of 2009.

As a result of this broadcast, AARC is in litigation with the CBC, various CBC reporters and four ex-clients. AARC maintains that it has discredited all allegations of wrongdoing contained in the broadcast and is proceeding to trial against all parties to recover damages for the losses AARC has suffered as a result of the broadcast.

Read more here.

Monday, September 24, 2018

CBC’s continued bias against Israel

On May 18, HRC published an exclusive report which exposed how several Canadian media outlets, CBC most prominently, had wrongly identified a dead Palestinian as a “medic,” whereas in fact, he was a member of the Hamas terrorist organization.

The dead terrorist was named Musa Abuhassanin and he was reportedly shot and killed (allegedly by Israeli snipers) after having helped Canadian Doctor Tarek Loubani, a well known anti-Israel activist.

Hamas itself identified Abuhassanin as being a “Captain” of Hamas’ “Civil Defense Service” which belongs to the Hamas Ministry of Interior which is responsible for all “security” services.

In its coverage on CBC National, As It Happens and Online, Abuhassanin was described only as a “medical volunteer,” “medic,” and a “paramedic”. At the time, HRC called on Canadian media outlets to properly identify Abuhassanin as a member of the outlawed terror group Hamas.

CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin claimed that Abuhassanin “was working as a paramedic” that day, even though there’s no way to substantiate this claim.

Ms. Enkin’s attempting to rationalize how the CBC, she claims, did not have to identify Abuhassanin as a Hamas member, is highly objectionable and is an affront to basic journalistic standards which calls for the full, fair and accurate dissemination of the news.

This incident, and many others which we’ve previously exposed, confronted and chronicled, reveal the CBC’s bias against Israel.

Read the full account here.

Friday, September 21, 2018

CBC broadcast was devastatingly defamatory

                        Leenen v. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation et al

Defendants produced television program about safety of certain heart medications–Program implied that plaintiff doctor and research scientist supported prescribing of killer drugs, was in conflict of interest, received pay-off from pharmaceutical company and acted negligently or dishonestly as chairman of ad hoc advisory committee of Health Canada’s Health Protection Branch–Aggravated damages of $350,000, general damages of $400,000 and punitive damages of $200,000 affirmed on appeal.

The trial judge found that the words complained of did actually bear those meanings and that the broadcast was devastatingly defamatory of the plaintiff. He found that the defence of justification failed because many of the facts alleged by the defendants were not true. He rejected the defence of qualified privilege, concluding that, while the program was “of public interest”, it was not “in the public interest”, and was contrary to the public interest because of its real potential for harm by inciting a panic amongst patients suffering from high blood pressure.

Read the full judgement here.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

CBC Ignores Murder by Palestinian Terrorist

On the morning of September 16 in Israel, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed to death Ari Fuld, a prominent pro-Israel advocate and dual American-Israeli citizen, in a heinous and brazen daylight murder outside a shopping mall near Efrat, at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem.

News of this attack was covered worldwide by the mainstream media. The attack itself was condemned by the U.S. and the EU, and Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons, also condemned the attack.

Here in Canada, the Globe and Mail, CTV News, Toronto Star, National Post (in print and online), and most PostMedia newspapers all covered the attack, prominently we might add, yet we have yet to see any coverage by CBC Online, Radio or TV.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CBC ad revenue spikes

CBC/Radio-Canada has released its financials for the 2016/2017 year, with the pubcaster seeing a spike in advertising revenues.

The pubcaster saw a 20.3% spike in advertising revenues across its English and French services for the financial year ended March 31, 2017.

All told, the CBC brought in $556.9 million in revenues and $1.09 billion in government funding. Revenues were less than expenses, however, which hit $1.72 billion ($1.6 billion of which went to television, radio and digital services costs). After expenses and non-operating items, the CBC operated at a net loss of $7.8 million.

Read the full report here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CBC asks for your income

How does the financial hand you’ve been dealt compare to that of your fellow Canadians?

Tell us about your income and we'll customize census data to give you an idea of how your situation compares to that of the rest of the country.

Seriously?  Take the poll here if you'd like to give your financial information to the State Broadcaster!

Monday, September 17, 2018

CBC’s pension ponzi scheme

The Federal Government recently announced budget cuts to the CBC of $27.8 million this year increasing to $115 million by 2014-15. The CBC budget for 2011 was $1.1 billion.

Teeth are being gnashed over the loss of staff and programming, but these cuts pale in comparison to the costs of propping up the CBC’s pension ponzi scheme. How will it fund its current pension solvency deficit of $801 million (2010), which is more than double the $382 million deficit the previous year?

In 2010 employees contributed $26.9 million while $51.2 million was added by taxpayers. The split is supposed to be 50/50, but CBC has chosen to ask taxpayers to fund the deficit without asking employees to contribute more. To properly fund the pension solvency shortfall, the CBC, under normal accounting rules, would be required to fund an extra $160 million each year over the next five years.

The CBC pension is a mature plan with more retirees receiving money from the plan (9,066) than employees paying into the plan (8,086). Every employee fired from CBC increases the cash required from taxpayers to prop up a plan that is flawed by design.

Read the full story here.

Friday, September 14, 2018

CBC’s headline effectively casts Israel as rogue nation

HonestReporting Canada takes strong issue with the highly editorialized word choice used by CBC editors in claiming that a “dilemma” exists for Lana Del Rey and other musicians who chose to perform in Israel. The headline above was featured in a September 2 article by CBC entertainment reporter Zulekha Nathoo.

The word “dilemma” is defined as follows (emphasis added): “a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.”

The CBC’s headline effectively casts Israel as a pariah and rogue nation.

Importantly, the CBC article itself does not use the word “dilemma,” only the headline does.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CBC ignoring single biggest complaint ...

Many media pundits have declared that TV is dying. Their argument: Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and other Internet-TV services mean that traditional channels, cable and satellite TV, will soon fade to black. Why pay for a lot of channels you don't watch? The CRTC, fearing the worst, agreed and held a two-week long public hearing on the future of TV this fall.

CRTC released data (which comes from CBC, although the Commission has not acknowledged the source) showing that about one in three English Canadians now subscribe to Netflix.

CRTC also released CBC data claiming two out of three Canadians watch YouTube.

There is one noteworthy feature about the new TV services like Netflix, Apple TV and HBO's proposed Internet service that all TV networks and advertisers should heed: they are mostly commercial-free. Viewers have always disliked TV ads, especially in Canada, where the media economy is too small to create sufficient fresh ad copy.

Canadians are subjected to the most cluttered, repetitive TV advertising environment in the world. It is the single biggest complaint we have about TV but the CRTC, CBC and other broadcasters ignore it and instead of reducing advertising, they approve more minutes per hour. CBC's news channel now airs over 100,000 ads per year to generate less than $100 per ad, about what you pay for a classified ad in a local paper. CBC's main channel, having lost rights to NHL hockey, is on course to see its ad revenue cut by two-thirds and ad revenue will then cover less than 20 per cent of expenses, less if you count the expense of the sales department.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Conspiracy nonsense on CBC

Fred Litwin recounts how he became a JFK conspiracy freak at eighteen, and then slowly moved to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin.

I Was a Teenage JFK Conspiracy Freak demonstrates how the left and the right have used the JFK assassination to drive home myths about power in America. There is also the persecution of a gay man prosecuted for conspiring to kill Kennedy, the ugly story of Oliver Stone's homophobic film JFK, an exposé of conspiracy nonsense on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a look at how the Soviets tried to influence American public opinion into believing the CIA was behind the murder, and the incredible secret why some JFK assassination documents must remain locked up forever. And a whole lot more.
 
PRAISE FOR I WAS A TEENAGE JFK CONSPIRACY FREAK
 
"As a young man growing up in the heyday of Kennedy assassination theorizing, Fred Litwin believed a conspiracy killed JFK.  And then he grew, and he studied and he researched.  The result is this volume, a thorough, cogent and meticulously argued case for a lone assassin.  A seasoned conspiracy skeptic will learn new things here, and a conspiracy believer open to looking at the other side could do no better than this volume."
John McAdams, Associate Professor of Political Science at Marquette University and author of JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy
 
"This is a great book for conspiracy buffs-and, more important, for those who debunk such theories. Fred Litwin does a terrific job in blowing up the myriad JFK assassination scenarios, not least in completely demolishing The Fifth Estate's decades-long efforts to "uncover" the truth. The CBC's lead investigative show is revealed here to be more than slightly unhinged." 
J.L. Granatstein, Author of Who Killed Canadian History?
 
"In Fred Litwin's marvelous book, he charts how he went from an early skeptic to someone dedicated to dissecting their arguments and carefully tearing them apart. He puts the final nail in the coffin of all the conspiracy theorists, who develop new ones as old theories are proven wrong. Everyone still concerned with JFK's death and thinks it's a mystery must read this bookThey will be glad they did."
Ronald Radosh, Professor Emeritus of History at CUNY, opinion columnist for The Daily Beast and co-author of A Safe   Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

I Was a Teenage JFK Conspiracy Freak

By Fred Litwin
NorthernBlues Books
Pub. Date: October 9, 2018
ISBN Print: 978-0-9948630-2-7
ISBN E-Book: 978-0-9948630-3-4
Price: $19.99
Website: Conspiracyfreak.com

Table of Contents

1.  The People of the Books
2.  Jim Garrison's Excellent Homosexual Adventure
3.  I Was a Teenage JFK Conspiracy Freak
4.  Oliver Stone's Excellent Homosexual Adventure
5.  A Conspiracy Too Big?
6.  Did The CBC Solve The JFK Assassination?
7.  The Quest For The Holy Document

Launch Event - November 13th, 2018
You can buy tickets here.
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Does CBC care about local markets?

In the last half-century, waves of budget cuts and consolidations have transformed the CBC into a primarily national broadcaster. Regional directors have relatively smaller budgets and less control over them. Most stand-alone, regionally produced documentary and variety shows have disappeared.

Local news survived through it all, but barely in some markets, as it went through a bewildering series of Toronto-directed changes in format, length and broadcast times.

Not everything happens in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Someone needs to cover our city halls and legislatures, and if the private sector is doing less of that, having the CBC step up is important.

But it would be foolish to deny that the CBC beefing up its news operations locally and offering its digital content for free accelerates the decline of its competitors.

Read the full story here.

Monday, September 10, 2018

CBC host literally left stuttering with confusion

CBC stunned by foreign media view of Liberals’ NAFTA incompetence.

On Friday’s episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Frank H. Buckley, Foundation Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, joined me to discuss his recent appearance on the CBC where he criticized the Liberals' incompetence during the NAFTA negotiations.


There were no fireworks or hysterics or arguments - the CBC host was literally left stuttering with confusion at a perspective that those in Canada’s media party, have never heard.

See the story and video here.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Ban the CBC from digital advertising

An ominous silence has fallen over the demands to save Canada's newspapers, even as more of their employees take the long walk into the abattoir of the industry's ambitions.

It was only 18 months ago that the Public Policy Forum report authored by Edward Greenspon - The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age - made a number of recommendations designed to halt the slaughter.

Chief among the recommendations was the establishment of a fund of as much as $400 million supported by a 10 per cent withholding tax on advertising purchased in foreign digital media.

Additional recommendations included - and some of us have long campaigned for this - banning the CBC from digital advertising and making its content available without charge to its domestic competitors.

We all know the age of print is over and that it would be foolish to subsidize it. But we know just as well that the cornerstone of democracy is freedom of speech. And freedom of the press to verify and disseminate that speech is necessary in order to discern what's true within an otherwise cacophonic maze of opinion and manipulation.

Yet by refusing to balance the online playing field by banning the CBC from selling digital advertising and eliminating its domestic copyright protection on news content, Canada is sustaining a public policy that can only end with private sector failure and a government-funded news aristocracy bordering on monopoly.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

CBC’s TV Ratings Are In The Toilet

Out of the 30 most watched shows in Canada between August 13-19, not a single one was from CBC.

CBC gets about $1.5 BILLION per year in taxpayer funding.

As if that wasn’t enough, they also get private sector ads just like their competitors.

So, they get public money and private money, leading to a totally uncompetitive playing field.

And yet, their ratings are still in the toilet.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Stop taxpayers funding of CBC

Michele Walsh started this petition to federal government of Canada:

The CBC takes $1.1 billion annually of taxpayers money and Canadians can not afford this any longer. What does a television station like the CBC do to deserve our hard earned cash??

There are many Canadian networks that survive on there own, so let's sell the CBC. The CBC refuses to even tell us what their salaries are, not to mention the pensions they get. They "investigate" themselves for wrongdoings and are not held accountable for their actions.

Why are we tolerating this? Let's send a message to our government that we no longer want to bank role a dying network ...

This petition is now closed but you can read the many remarks of people who signed it here.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Pay extra to have CBC go ad free?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has submitted a proposal to the federal government requesting $318 million in additional funding in order to allow the public broadcaster to move to an ad-free model.

The CBC says the $318 million figure it is requesting will act as a “replacement” if the broadcaster were to eliminate advertising, noting it would require $253 million to make up for ad revenue and $105 million to produce content to fill the gaps in air time left open free of ads. Going ad-free would also save $40 million that would otherwise be spent selling ads.

The public broadcaster has faced a storm of criticism in recent months from executives of private newspaper companies testifying before a panel of MPs studying the future of media in Canada. Those critics have argued that, while the CBC is the the recipient of a five-year, $675 million increase in funding from the federal government in addition to its annual $1 billion largesse, its digital operations have taken away potential ad revenue from struggling private competitors.

Read the full story here.

Question ... what do YOU think?

Friday, August 31, 2018

CBC wastes taxpayer dollars on bad jokes

Kellie Leitch’s former campaign spokesman has launched an online campaign to de-fund the CBC’s satire project, CBC Comedy.

The site, www.thatisnotfunny.ca, was started by Michael Diamond, Conservative campaign strategist and principal at Upstream Strategy Group. It describes CBC Comedy as a not-terribly-funny and “lame” version of the popular satire site The Onion. It urges readers to write to their members of Parliament, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and CBC president Hubert Lacroix to call for the site to lose its public funding.

“Canada already has a lame version of The Onion, it is called The Beaverton, so why on earth do taxpayers need to fund a less funny version in CBC ‘Comedy’?” states the website.

The site argues CBC Comedy’s jokes tend to fall flat.

Diamond, who was Leitch’s spokesperson during her failed bid to win the Tory leadership, told iPolitics in an email that he didn’t pay attention to CBC Comedy until this winter when he noticed Twitter users complaining about the poor quality of the segments.

“I couldn’t help but agree, it is just not funny,” wrote Diamond.

Diamond said the website campaign is not about the CBC itself; it’s about “taxpayer dollars” being wasted on “bad jokes.”

Diamond said his goal is to build grassroots support which will force CBC to respond by disbanding “this giant and unfunny waste.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

CBC cancels its only remotely business-friendly show

Of course the CBC cancels its only remotely business-friendly show.

The national broadcaster continues to subsidize various programs such as The Current and The Sunday Edition, which have come to resemble graduate school humanities seminars on identity liberalism

But killing off the national broadcaster’s main vehicle for business news and commentary raises the question of whether the CBC was motivated by its growing bias against business people’s views of the world, which inevitably tend to be more conservative. No one cited ratings as a factor in the decision; rather, CBC management blamed budget constraints ...

However, budget constraints are a lame excuse. Everyone has a budget, which only forces management to reveal its priorities. The CBC’s budget has expanded sharply under the Liberal government, but it chose to divert funds into costly ventures such as The National, while starving other programs. True to its public sector roots, the CBC never trims employee compensation as part of its search to cut costs.

It seems more likely that On the Money was targeted because it was the last bastion of pro-business commentary (at least by comparison with other CBC programs).

Read the full story here.