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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What is CBC’s Place and Role in the Networked Media Universe

The question we debated was, “Is it time to pull the plug on the CBC?” I debated the question with James Baxter from iPolitics and Brian Lilley, a co-founder of Rebel Media and all about town commentator for various conservative-type talk shows, publications, etc.

The CBC is now a pygmy amongst giants. It’s share of the total media economy dropped from 5% in 1980s and early 1990s to less than half that amount today.

Based on revenues in Canada, Google is now bigger than the CBC, while Facebook is about half its size.

What also stands out is the extent to which a handful of companies stand at the apex of the internet and media landscape: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, Quebecor. Bell dominates with nearly 30% of all revenue, while the big five account for just under three-quarters of all revenue; that figure was 64% in 2000 and 60% in 1996.

While the CBC is the number 1 internet news source in Canada, it is crucial to stress that it does not dominate the internet news environment. People get their news from many internet news sources — old (e.g. CBC, Postmedia, Toronto Star, CTV) and new (e.g. iPolitics, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed), domestic and foreign (e.g. BBC, Yahoo!-ABC, the Guardian, New York Times).

So, the question still stands: should we pull the plug on the CBC?

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CBC - Good news, bad news ...

Good news! The CBC has discovered the internet. With an eye to the tens of thousands of “cord-cutters” who have been abandoning cable and satellite providers for online video, the corporation has begun streaming all of its live television services via an upgraded mobile and Apple TV app. More remarkably, it will offer a paid “premium” version: for $4.99 a month, subscribers will receive all of the regular app’s content ad-free, plus the CBC News Network feed in the bargain.

Bad news! While its online boffins may have embraced the open, unregulated, consumer-driven world of the internet, the CBC’s management is still wedded to the same old closed, regulatory, subsidy-driven model as before. In a submission to the CRTC, which is embarked on its latest attempt to divine the future of TV, the corporation calls for a tax on other streaming video services (hello, Netflix) and more subsidies for itself — in the name of a “level playing field.” (Oh, and new regulations that would somehow force providers to give greater prominence to Canadian content. Net neutrality? What’s that?)

The contrast between the two visions could not be more stark.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CBC’s growing dominance in the news business is dangerous ...

The federal government has said it won’t dump hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting new forms of journalism — and it probably would be unhealthy for it to do so, particularly when it’s already financing operations at the CBC. I’m not one of those who argues that the CBC should get out of local news gathering to leave space for others. My fear is that if the CBC’s news operations were to disappear, we would simply be bereft of any professional newsgathering in many parts of the country.

Yet I have to admit that the CBC’s growing dominance in the news business is dangerous in that it gives Canadians the illusion that there’s no shortage of journalism around, convincing them that they don’t have to worry and will never have to pay a cent to assure that independent journalistic voices survive and thrive.

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

CBC evening news ...

Every weeknight, as they sit down for supper, more than 100,000 Edmonton residents regularly tune in to Global’s 6 o’clock evening news. CBC struggles to reach a tenth of that number.

“Should we be in local news? And if we are in local news, should we do a 6 o’clock?” asks Johnny Michel, who oversees CBC’s English services in Alberta and B.C.

In 2013, the public broadcaster spent $1.1 billion on its TV operations, more than four times as much as the $273 million it spends on radio. That funding includes CBC’s 27 television stations, which range from major centres in Toronto and Montreal to farther-flung facilities such as Yellowknife; Moncton, N.B.; and Trois-Rivières, Que.

In the suppertime news ratings battle, both in major cities and across the country, CBC usually places a distant third to the two largest private TV broadcasters, CTV and Global.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CBC twisted Dr. Leenen’s words ...

In his book CBC Exposed, Brian Lilley casts a critical eye on the sacred cow of Canadian broadcasting, the CBC.

From the network’s ability to ruin lives through aggressive, and at times reckless, reporting to its many built-in biases, CBC Exposed uncovers stories many Canadians have never heard about the state broadcaster.

In this excerpt, exclusive to QMI Agency, Lilley tells the story of Dr. Fran Leenen, a respected cardiologist who saw his life changed forever by a single episode of CBC’s flagship news program, The Fifth Estate.

In trying to make the claim that Health Canada’s drug approval branch was approving medicines that never should have been used on patients, CBC twisted Dr. Leenen’s words to make him out to be an uncaring, bumbling fool of a doctor. He lost patients, friends and his reputation.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CBC downsizing work force

CBC’s “digital first” strategy is shifting the corporation away from television and radio production and toward a focus on original content for mobile devices, which doesn’t require big studios to create. It’s part of a strategy announced by president and chief executive officer Hubert Lacroix in 2015 that will also include downsizing the work force by about 25 per cent by 2020.

CBC estimates anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 jobs will be eliminated, mostly through retirements and attrition. The cuts are in addition to 657 jobs eliminated as a result of a $130-million funding cut announced in 2014.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Montreal's new CBC building ...

Ground was broken at the site of the Maison de Radio-Canada on Sunday morning (Oct 1st, 2017) at the same time CBC/Radio-Canada opened it doors to the public for Culture Days.

The building's design boasts lots of natural light, a four-storey atrium, a rooftop patio, and it will meet environmental and sustainable development standards equivalent to a LEED Silver certification.

The real estate developer Broccolini is in charge of building the new Maison de Radio-Canada, which will be at the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard and Papineau Avenue. The lot was previously a parking lot for the existing building.

The new building will have a reduced number of parking spots in order to encourage active transportation.

It is expected to be completed by January 2020.

Read the full story here.

Editor's question ... How much?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Employment lawyer calls out CBC management

After a five-month long investigation into the CBC's handling of the Jian Ghomeshi situation, and interviews with 99 people, but not the former radio host himself, employment lawyer Janice Rubin's report was released yesterday. And it was damning. It called out CBC management for failing to investigate reports of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace by the former host of Q.

The report says Mr. Ghomeshi's behaviour violated CBC standards, and led to "an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment." Ms Rubin said management knew - or should have known - about this behaviour and failed to follow its own policies "to ensure that the workplace was free from disrespectful and abusive conduct."

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Albert Schultz CBC executive producer of TV comedy

He's been a leading figure in this country's arts scene, but Wednesday, four women filed four statements of claim against Albert Schultz, casting the actor and director in a very different light.

Albert Schultz has been a titan in Canada's theatre scene for more than three decades. Under his leadership, Soulpepper has grown into one of the most important theatre companies in the country. He has earned a long list of accolades, including a Gemini and the Order of Canada.

He's also an executive producer of the CBC TV comedy, Kim's Convenience, which had a successful theatrical run at Soulpepper before being adapted for television.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

CBC TV: Get cheap and cool

The relevant term is "re-imagine." Dreadful term. But let's go with it. CBC president Hubert Lacroix said CBC/Radio-Canada needs to "reimagine" itself in a shifting media universe and circumstance of reduced revenue from advertising and government support.

After the numbers are crunched, the layoffs decided and the cuts are cinched, it's CBC's main network English TV channel that is in the most need of reimagining.

The situation is dire. CBC TV is at a critical juncture, post-hockey and post-cuts. The loss of live pro sports will put CBC TV in a uniquely vulnerable position in the TV world – it won't have what now delivers high ratings, ad dollars and must-see buzz for other TV services. Live sports matter enormously in a fragmented TV landscape where broadcasters must worry about measuring and monetizing everything – DVR viewing, online viewing and viral videos. In this new reality the perception is that there is no substitute for the high of huge ratings that live sports deliver.

Pondering strategies for CBC TV is no longer an idle, futile game of complaint and finger-pointing. It's vital that CBC TV evolve, with mistakes and misfires along the way. It's a public broadcaster impoverished and beleaguered. But nobody needs a ton of money to be cool. And if CBC TV fails to acquire the cool factor, it will be too late to re-imagine anything.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Political Donations by CBC Board Members


Dec 29, 2017

Donation History:

 Term Ends20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Rémi Racine, ChairJun 2017$1,250 $1,100$1,600 $1,600$1,200$2,400$1,200$1,500$1,200
Hubert Lacroix, PresidentJan 2018$2,000          
Edward BoydJun 2020      $1,420$1,200$1,756.29$1,500$1,525
Harley FinkelsteinDec 2022           
Rob JefferyApr 2020       $400$500  
Marni LarkinJun 2017    $270$1,150     
René LégèreDec 2022           
Maureen McCawDec 2017$206.17          
Jennifer Moore RattrayFeb 2023           
Marlie OdenJul 2018 $586$1,072.50$1,500$367.40$1,100$1,860 $2,200  
François RoyFeb 2023$400  $400 $400     
Marie WilsonDec 2020           

 Contribution to the Conservaive Party or a Conservative candidate
 Contribution to the Liberal Party or a Liberal candidate
 Contribution to the NDP or an NDP candidate
 Contribution to the Bloc Quebecois or a BQ candidate

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

CBC/Radio-Canada CEO Hubert Lacroix stays put

Hubert Lacroix, the outgoing president of CBC/Radio-Canada, is sticking with the public broadcaster as the selection of his successor drags past its deadline.

Lacroix began working as president and CEO on Jan. 1, 2008 and was due to step down on Dec. 31.

A representative for the CBC confirmed Lacroix, 62, has reached an agreement to stay in his position "until a replacement is found."

In June, the Liberals unveiled a star-studded advisory panel to help choose new board members, although all decisions would ultimately require final approval from Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.

Simon Ross, a spokesman for Joly's office, said the government is giving its advisory panel "the time it needs to work" as the search for Lacroix's successor continues.

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 29, 2017

CBC BOD's get $2000 a day to attend meetings ...

What is the compensation for CBC/Radio-Canada’s Board members?
The remuneration of the Chair of the Board and the President and CEO are in accordance with the terms of the Order-in-Council appointing them. The President and CEO receives his annual salary, while the Chair of the Board receives an annual retainer (from $14,500 to $17,100) and per diem fee (from $565 to $665) for meetings, travel time, and special executive, analytical or representational responsibilities.
The current remuneration scheme for the other members of the Board of Directors is:
MeetingsBoard of DirectorsAudit CommitteeOther Committees
Regular (in person) MeetingsAttendance in personFor the first 6 regular meeting days:
For the first 6 regular meeting days:
$1,300/day for members
$1,550 for the Chair
For the first 4 regular meeting days:
$1,000/day for members
$1,250 for the Chair
Thereafter: $625/dayThereafter: $625/dayThereafter: $625/day
Participation by telephone$625/day or
Conference Call Meetings$250/day$250/day$250/day

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