CBC Scandals grow everyday while management continues to spend your money to cover them up. 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.

Its 2015: 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.
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. 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 fifth estate (the largest libel case ever awarded against the media in Canadian history) no one at CBC fired and taxpayers paid the award and legal costs.
Perfect for a documentary!

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Our 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 news bias. Our blog now contains a link to the Politicians contact info for you to make your voice heard. In particular, tell the Cabinet and the Prime Minister to act now to privatize the CBC.

Polls meanwhile show that Canadians favour selling the 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 Conservatives to privatize the CBC.

What does it take for real change at the CBC? You! Act now and contact your MP, the Cabinet and Prime Minister ... tell them to stop wasting your money, and ... sell the CBC.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Exposed - CBC employees warned

The union representing CBC employees is warning members about co-operating with an internal investigation of the Jian Ghomeshi affair, saying the information they provide could be used against them.

In a memo issued to members on Monday, the Canadian Media Guild says that, while it is “strongly supportive of an independent investigation into this issue,” it is concerned employees who choose to participate in the workplace probe led by lawyer Janice Rubin might not be able to protect themselves.

But the Rubin investigation, which is looking into how Mr. Ghomeshi’s alleged workplace harassment and abuse went undetected, has been fraught from the beginning, in part because of concerns that CBC management will be exempted.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Exposed - Mike Duffy and the CBC

Our mission statement at CBC Exposed is to open the eyes of Canadians about the waste and goings on at the CBC.  To this end we ask our readers to submit their stories for publication.

Here is one such story from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous.  As usual, feedback is welcome at cbcExposed@gmail.com
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MIKE DUFFY AND THE CBC

ON TRIAL

The April 8, 2014 National Post front page headline screams: “You can’t just steal from your employer… You can’t abuse your position of authority to unjustly enrich yourself.”

Why not? Senior managers at the CBC appear to do it all the time.

In recent years, CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix overcharged the CBC by $30,000, but only went public with his ‘mistake’ after being outed in the press in 2014. Former CBC TV head Kirstine Layfield’s boyfriend[1] was cast in the lead of his own CBC TV series[2], then he was given his own CBC TV show to direct[3], then he was made the Executive Producer of the CBC 75th Birthday Special. With his limited experience, and with his wife in charge, would this seem like nepotism to the average Canadian? Well yes, of course it would.

Not to be outdone, Layfield’s successor, Sally Catto, a lawyer, presided over the CBC development department that granted her husband’s[4] company (Gangof2 Productions) five development deals within four years (2010-2013). And in 2011, long-time CBC executive Phyllis Platt was granted three development deals and three production orders (a six hour mini-series and two movies of the week) for her husband[5] to direct, mere weeks after leaving a position that presided over the granting of funding for – you guessed it – all CBC movies and mini-series.

The ‘old girl’s club’ certainly appears alive and well at the CBC.

But if CBC executives can use their positions of power to unjustly enrich themselves (or their spouses), then why not Duff? Why the double-standard?

The CBC Code of Conduct and CBC Conflict of Interest guidelines strictly forbid all of the above (including the appearance of conflict of interest, as management is meant to be held to a higher standard). But the willful blindness of management and the CBC board of governors allows CBC corruption to continue unchecked. The whistle is screaming, but is anyone in Ottawa listening? Well no, not really. If they were, they would have put a stop to it by now. So why does the government turn a blind eye to questionable practices at the CBC?

Answer: mis-management of the CBC reflects poorly on the Harper government because the PMO’s office appointed CBC CEO Lacroix. And though Lacroix has managed to cut some CBC funding and staff, he has not only failed to clean the CBC house of corrupt practices, he has set a poor example with his own $30k overspend. Trudeau and Mulcair, on the other hand, promised to “restore CBC funding” if elected. So CBC insiders want the Duffy and Wallin scandals to stick to Harper in the hope they will trigger regime change and new funding.

And that is why CBC management is thrilled to have Mike Duffy to kick around: to distract us from their own flawed mandarins while they plea to the left for votes and cash in the run-up to an election.

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[1] Zaib Shaikh is now married to Kirstine Layfield, who now calls herself Kirstine Stewart

[2] LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE

[3] OTHELLO

[4] Angus Fraser is married to Sally Catto.

[5] Peter Moss is the husband/partner of Phyllis Platt.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CBC Exposed is Canadian Bestseller

CBC Exposed is a book like no other.  It is both a "Political Book of the Year" and a Canadian Bestseller!

This book takes on the holy grail of the Canadian media landscape and lays bare the truth about CBC. Reckless reporting at the state broadcaster has ruined lives and cost taxpayers millions upon millions in settlement costs yet no one has ever been held to account.

This book does what the consensus media cowards are afraid to do, tell the truth about CBC. From reporting driven by vendettas to outright biases against conservatives, gun owners, Israel and any other group that doesn't fit their vision of Canada, CBC Exposed is a call to action to rein in this broadcasting giant.

Once you read this book you too will be convinced that the only way to tame the beast is to sell it.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Exposed - Is CBC News Biased?

At CBC Exposed we encourage viewer submissions and recently we were forwarded this very informative video by one of our followers.

Is CBC News Biased? Should Canadian Taxpayers Fund the CBC with $1 Billion Every Year?



The CBC should be accountable directly to all Canadians. But it is not. Instead, it is accountable to the Prime Minister. He controls CBC funding, and appoints the Board of Directors and President (through the Governor General). No wonder most current CBC Board members are Conservative Party supporters. Also troubling is that every English-language CBC ombudsman to date has been a former CBC employee -- and therefore potentially biased in favor of the CBC. Given that this enormous risk of bias has been allowed, how much confidence can we have in the integrity of CBC management? Has the CBC ever voluntarily admitted to a scandal before being caught? Would CBC management have the strength of character to resist interference by a meddling prime minister?

Monday, April 13, 2015

CBC is over loaded with political appointees

CBC Hamilton has 7 reporters getting out the news. CBC Charlottetown has 37. The same inefficiency is repeated over and over across the country.

The CBC gets a $1.1 billion annual subsidy from the taxpayers of Canada as our national broadcaster. CBC management, the union and a group called Friends of Canadian Broadcasting are lobbying the government for substantial increases in the subsidy.

NDP and Liberal politicians in opposition are promising to increase the CBC subsidy if elected. The real story is CBC could do better with even less if they were more efficient.

The CBC is over loaded with political appointees with little value in the media, union and management feather-bedding, and just plain inefficient operations.

In Charlottetown, PEI with a census agglomeration of 64,000, CBC says it takes 37 journalists to report on the Legislature alone. That does not count other journalists, technical and administrative staff and management. 90 people work at CBC Charlottetown.

At CBC Hamilton, Ontario, the large industrial city west of Toronto, 7 people do the same job of getting the news out. How big is Hamilton to have such a small newsroom? 720,000 people live in the metropolitan area and that does not include adjacent areas like Oakville and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Why does Charlottetown need 5 times as many people to do the same job as Hamilton? Well, CBC Charlottetown has been around for more than 5 decades giving it plenty of time to double and triple fill positions with friends, political hacks and union favourites. CBC Hamilton is only 3 years old and given time they too will become another inefficient CBC branch station.

Read the full story.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cancer at top of CBC

Like many 70-plus Canadians, the CBC has trouble understanding today's youth. It's being left behind by changing technology and struggling to maintain its lifestyle on a fixed income that's been shrinking for the better part of three decades.

While Harper has proven he's no fan of the CBC, to be fair, kicking the corporation in the teeth is a bipartisan tradition that goes back decades to Brian Mulroney, but Jean Chretien did the most damage.

If anything, the fact that parties on both sides of the aisle seem united in their disdain for the CBC proves that the corporation is probably an institution worth saving, says Ian Morrison, spokesperson for the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

According to Morrison, one of the big problems with the CBC is that its board of directors and president are government-appointed.

"There's a cancer at the top, and that is the political patronage system of its governance," he says. "It does not ensure that the best and the brightest are there."

Current CBC president Hubert Lacroix was a corporate lawyer with little experience in broadcasting or managing a large enterprise before his appointment, notes Morrison.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Senior CBC Reporter Terry Milewski Critisized by WSO

The World Sikh Organization has written a "letter of concern" to CBC Ombudsman Kirk LaPointe about its senior Ottawa correspondent, Terry Milewski.

Last month, the WSO objected to Milewski allegedly claiming that Sikhs held a rally on Parliament Hill for a "suicide bomber".

"WSO has been very clear that there is no evidence of extremism in the Canadian Sikh community," the organization stated on its website. "Those who claim otherwise have yet to offer any proof."

The WSO also criticized Milewski's alleged "contempt for the idea that Sikhs would defend human rights—to his way of thinking the only possible reason for such an outpouring of support is for terrorism".

Read the full story.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

CBC Reporters job is to sell ads

CBC’s Milewski says his job as reporter is to “sell ads”.

 First, it is bizarre that CBC’s Terry Milewski is doing an interview for a Globe and Mail piece but what’s even more astounding is his admissions of playing it up for the camera:

 “People imagine that the CBC is this grand public service funded entirely by taxpayer dollars, but my job is to sell ads. You won’t catch me saying, certainly not on tape, that we at CBC have some grand mission to speak truth to power.” 

 “Our job as reporters is not to meekly accept whatever answer we’re given, but to challenge and provoke and press.”

Read the full story.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Exposed - CBC local services will be smaller overall

CBC News is laying off 144 people across the country, shrinking English-language local services in a bid to shave $15 million from its operating costs.

On the French side, Radio-Canada announced 100 job cuts across the country, including 20 vacancies and retirements.

Jennifer McGuire, Editor-in-Chief of CBC News, announced the English layoffs in a note to staff, which stressed that no stations are being closed and all local radio programming is being maintained. 

McGuire admits that "local services will be smaller overall," but says the relative size of each region remains the same.

Read the full story.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Exposed - CBC Investigation Not Arms Length

CBC executives who appeared before a Senate committee to discuss the future of the public broadcaster also faced questions about internal investigations underway at the corporation.

Conservative Senator Don Plett raised questions about Lang accepting money for speaking engagements.

Conservative Senator Betty Unger also raised questions to Lacroix and Conway about the ongoing internal investigation into the Jian Ghomeshi case.

"Public perception is you picked the person to investigate ... this matter for the CBC so it is not an arm's length investigation, perhaps the matter should have been handled by a retired judge," Unger said.

Lawyer Janice Rubin has been hired by the CBC to carry out an independent review of how the allegations against Ghomeshi were handled.

Read the full story.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Exposed - the Issue of CBC Direction

Where the CBC has run into problems is that in trying to compete with private networks like CTV and Global. In doing so, the conflict between public service and attracting 'eyeballs', between informative, thought-provoking content and popularity, becomes clear. Is it part of the mandate to spend taxpayers' money on buying American game shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy? President Lacroix claims that these highly-rated shows lead more viewers to watch the Canadian programming that follows. What about airing William and Kate: A Love Story on the documentary program Passionate Eye? Does that reflect our national and regional culture?

The issue of CBC's direction, and the issue of whether Canadians care about homegrown content, do not have clear-cut answers. CBC cannot please everyone and be all things to all people, and Canadian viewers can't help but be attracted to American content, which have bigger productions, bigger stars, and bigger promotional budgets. My view? I think the CBC should refocus on its mandate, stop trying to compete with private networks, and drop commercially-minded ventures, such as bidding for the broadcasting rights to the Olympics and selling ad time on radio.

The corporation should realign itself as a public service broadcaster and focus on telling national and regional stories.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

CBC looking to sell iconic HQ

In the face of new technology and budget cuts, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is mulling the sale of its downtown Toronto headquarters, a move network officials admit may shake staff morale and its public image.

The public broadcaster has hired a consultant to help decide whether it should sell the one-million square-foot building. Mr. Mattocks says it only needs about a third of that space and is looking for a buyer who might be interested in keeping it on as a tenant.

Over more prosperous decades, the CBC has acquired a huge real estate portfolio, valued at about $1-billion.

The iconic blue and red building on Toronto’s Front Street West was constructed in the 1990s to consolidate the CBC’s once-scattered organization. Previously, its operations were spread among more than two dozen offices across the city, and the corporation was spending a small fortune on cabs and mailrooms.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

CBC real estate holdings worth $1 billion

The cash-strapped Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will tap into its rich real-estate portfolio to dull the pain of deep budget cuts, but president and CEO Hubert Lacroix confirmed on Thursday that there are no plans to sell its iconic downtown Toronto headquarters or its newly renovated Vancouver studios.

In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Lacroix said the broadcaster intends to reduce its real-estate footprint by 800,000 square feet, part of a multi-pronged effort to make ends meet in the wake of significant federal funding cuts.

According to Lacroix, it’s still too early to estimate how much revenue could be raised through selling and leasing various properties.

But a recent Globe and Mail report offers some insight: the newspaper put the total value of the the CBC’s real-estate holdings at $1 billion, and estimated that the broadcaster is sitting on about $12 million in surplus commercial real estate space in its downtown Toronto office.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Exposed - More CBC Stars Exit

The Dragons head for the exits on Dragons’ Den.

Canadians, it seems, are pretty good at showing Americans how to be capitalists. But at home, the Dragons are heading for the exits, providing an inescapable metaphor mirroring the decline in fortunes for Canada’s public broadcaster as some of its best talent has left amid scandal and tough government-mandated budget cuts.

Last week, it was marketing guru Arlene Dickinson who announced her departure, just a week after financial author David Chilton announced he would leave the show, which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

The departure of two well-liked judges from the popular series, which features all-too-hopeful contestants creatively pitching judges to invest in their sometimes quirky inventions, means the CBC has some giant entrepreneurial shoes to fill. Finding telegenic Canadian high rollers who have hundreds of thousands in seed money each season is no easy task.

And it raises the question of how the broadcaster, already saddled with crippling layoffs, will be able to sustain its flagship program. The close timing of announcements suggested to some it was less a case of moving on than stars leaving a sinking ship.

Read the full story.

Monday, March 30, 2015

CBC in dire straights following NHL loss

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is planning to cut 657 jobs over the next two years in an effort to cut $130 million from its budget.

The news was not unexpected, given warnings from CBC President Hubert Lacroix that the network is in dire straits following the loss of NHL hockey to Rogers Communications.

In a major change of direction, the broadcaster announced it would no longer compete with other networks for sports programming, which have the upper hand because they own specialty sports channels and multimedia platforms.

But the broadcaster said it would continue to compete for sports events of "national significance," such as the Olympics.

Read the full story.

Friday, March 27, 2015

CBC slashing operating budget of local services

CBC English Services says at least 144 more people will be out of work following yet another round of layoffs, with the West experiencing the brunt of the cuts.

Jennifer McGuire, editor-in-chief of CBC News, informed her staff in a letter Thursday that 144 positions would be eliminated across the country, possibly yielding even greater job losses as remaining positions are recategorized.

McGuire categorized the layoffs as part of the public broadcaster’s commitment to be “more local at lower cost” by slashing the operating budget of local services by $15 million.

In February, CBC announced it would look into selling its Toronto headquarters as a cost-cutting measure.

McGuire said that after layoffs, the company will have more than 1,100 staff across the country.

Read the full story.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Canadians judge CBC as being less objective

In the August issue of Policy Options, Dr. Conrad Winn claimed that CBC television news is biased in favour of the left.

The claim was based on the results of a recent COMPAS survey ...

As noted by Dr. Winn, the results showed that Canadians valued the quality of CBC’s news program but apparently judged the network as being less objective than the other networks.

Based on this presumed CBC bias, it’s been argued that the network be prevented from collecting taxpayers money through annual budgets.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Exposed - CBC is secretive and misleading

The president of CBC published an article in Huffington Post recently asking Canadians for help in deciding CBC's future. Good idea but the plea received modest reader feedback; a few hundred people at most cared enough to comment or like the article. Is it a sign that CBC has lost the public, that Canadians have stopped believing in and what CBC and its managers say?

For years CBC has claimed, critics would say whined, that it has suffered from underfunding. CBC does need more money just to keep providing existing programming but the arguments the CBC uses to defend current or increased funding have clearly not worked. Why? Is it deliberate or a faulty communications strategy?

CBC claims to be open, transparent and accountable for the $1 billion dollars in taxpayers' money it receives. The $1 billion is spent on English and French radio and TV and miscellaneous other services. If more funding is needed to serve Canadian audiences, especially in TV, CBC needs to be far more transparent about how it spends its money and explain more convincingly why more dollars are required. The problem: CBC is too secretive and misleading.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Exposed - CBC operating outside mandate

The Internet is remaking the media landscape. Google and Facebook have gobbled up the revenue streams that used to go to newspapers and broadcasters, which is problematic, since Google and Facebook don’t convince corrupt engineers to spill the beans on taxpayer ripoffs.

The CBC’s mandate says that it should “provide radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains.” That comes from the Broadcasting Act, which was passed in 1991, when the CBC’s budget was $1.7 billion.

There’s nothing in that mandate about delivering news stories to mobile phones, a key part of the CBC’s new plan. That makes me nervous, since newspapers are desperately trying to make money from that. How can we do that if subsidized CBC reporters are giving away what we’re trying to sell?

CBC, in survival mode, must seek revenue where it can, but it’s past time for the government to re-evaluate its mandate and funding level, and figure out what role the CBC should play in the Internet era.

Read the full story.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Exposed: Another CBC Correction

Honest Reporting Canada Prompts CBC Correction: Netanyahu Didn’t Backtrack on Renouncing “One-State Solution”. 

Following an HRC complaint, CBC.ca issued the following correction after erroneously claiming in a March 19 report that Israeli PM Netanyahu had backtracked on renouncing the “one-state solution”.

See both the error and correction here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Peter Mansbridge skirts new CBC policy

Despite a policy announced by CBC Thursday forbidding paid appearances by its on-air journalists, The National anchor Peter Mansbridge will still be speaking in Niagara Falls May 1.

Mansbridge was announced this week as the guest speaker for the annual Pathstone Foundation Hope Award Gala, to be held at Club Italia. Late Thursday, however, the CBC released a note to staff stating "CBC/Radio-Canada will no longer approve paid appearances by its on-air journalistic employees."

But Ellis Katsof, chief executive officer of Pathstone Mental Health, said Mansbridge's appearance is a go.

The contract to book Mansbridge was signed two weeks ago, he added. Even before the new policy, CBC had a "very clear process for screening speaking engagements."

The policy does not affect CBC freelancers such as Rex Murphy.

CBC did not offer comment when contacted Friday.

Read the full story.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Exposed - CBC is now an empty husk

When an institution that I can remember from my childhood—a staggeringly long time ago—starts to rot, it’s usually from the head, like the proverbial fish.

Governments all hate the CBC: they would prefer it to act like a state broadcaster, not a watchdog, which it used to be, at least to some extent. Years of laying waste to talent, and bone-deep cuts, had to have a cumulative effect. And they did. The CBC is now an empty husk, where everyone looks over their shoulders, fearing cross looks or worse from their Conservative overlords.

For its part, CBC management has become ossified, timorous and incompetent.

I can no longer defend yet another horribly broken institution, once a landmark that helped to pull this country together. At this juncture it really doesn’t matter who broke it—one can level blame at more parties than we have fingers to point. But surely the time has now come to bury it before the stink of decomposition overpowers us all.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Exposed - CBC should review ethical code of conduct

It’s been a tough couple of months for our public broadcaster. But this latest blunder is all of its own making. CBC Senior Business Correspondent Amanda Lang tried to "sabotage" an earth-shattering exposé of Royal Bank’s illegal use of Temporary Foreign Workers -- while she was accepting money from the same bank.

Trying to quash such a far-reaching and courageous story would be bad enough, except it turns out RBC was regularly paying Lang for speaking gigs, the CEO of RBC had endorsed her book...and she was romantically involved with an RBC board member! Enough is enough.

Tell the CBC to review its ethical code of conduct and stop defending its celebrity hosts.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix defends CBC ethics in midst of scandals

The head of CBC defended the news organization’s journalistic ethics Tuesday amid criticism from the prime minister that “a lot” of Radio-Canada employees “hate” conservative values.

While Hubert Lacroix would not comment directly on Stephen Harper’s comments to a Quebec radio station, he spoke to the values that underscore the broadcaster’s journalism.

Lacroix’s comments on the integrity of CBC practices come one day after Harper said in an interview with a Quebec City radio station, FM93 Québec, that “a lot” of Radio-Canada employees “hate” conservative values.

On the topic of speaking before Senate committee in the midst of scandals like Amanda Lang and Jian Ghomeshi, Lacroix said he’s very proud of his job, of CBC Radio-Canada and its employees.

Read the full story.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Did CBC journalists break Code of Conduct?

CBC journalists took VIP rides aboard government-chartered aircraft as guests of a Conservative minister for stories lauding cabinet’s environmental leadership. The junkets were arranged by Parks Canada at public expense. Journalists who took the trips declined interviews.

“As far as I know all practices were followed,” Evan Solomon, host of CBC-TV’s Power & Politics talk show, wrote in an email exchange with Blacklock’s; “At CBC the producer makes the arrangements.” Solomon referred all questions to an ex-producer who quit the network four years ago.

Financial accounts tabled in Parliament show Solomon was a guest of then-Environment Minister Jim Prentice aboard a private plane chartered by Parks Canada to tour British Columbia’s Gwaii Haanas National Park.

“That plane ride into Haida Gwaii was part of the doc,” said Solomon, adding the trip “complied with CBC policy”. The junket resulted in a 17-minute feature story on CBC National entitled Survivormen: Wilderness Summit

The story did not tell viewers Parks Canada had paid for arrangements.

CBC executives also had no comment. Managers of the Crown broadcaster have had an unusually close relationship with Parks Canada in the past, once accepting a five-figure cash payment to cover the agency’s Arctic search for two 19th century shipwrecks.

Codes of conduct for private broadcasters restrict payments to newsrooms by individuals or corporations that are the subject of stories. The Radio Television Digital News Association Code Of Ethics states, “Electronic journalists will not accept financial compensation from those who seek to influence news coverage”. A Canadian Association of Broadcasters Code Of Ethics states, “It shall be the responsibility of broadcasters to ensure that news shall be represented with accuracy and without bias; broadcasters shall satisfy themselves that the arrangements made for obtaining news ensure this result.”

Read the full story.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Exposed - Why does CBC exist?

The CBC and its predecessors were created in part to provide a commercial-free option to private radio. The idea, refined over the years, was to offset the corrupting influence of advertising, which favoured content that was allegedly crass and popular and conservative, and replace it with the higher moral, cultural and liberal ideological values that only a public broadcaster could provide when funded by the state.

The CBC, on television and through its aggressive digital Web-based operations, has been in the commercial market for decades, more recently manipulating and abusing its massive public subsidy to compete with the private sector on the Internet. Radio was the last fig leaf on the CBC’s phony claims to non-commercial integrity, and now it is gone completely.

Reviewing the CBC’s mandate should begin with the question: Why does this organization still exist, using government money to compete in a commercial market on commercial terms. Either it is private or public.

Read the full story.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Exposed - CBC and Canadians don't recognize each other

With the CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to a specialty channel-like 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract, according to Canadian Media Research, it’s worth asking again what has gone wrong with the Mother Corp and what should be done about it? The answer to the first question is that it no longer represents ordinary Canadians to themselves in a way they like or even recognize.

The result is a chorus of CBC reporters and producers affirming their assumed superiority by churning out a constant stream of intellectual bigotry that alienates its listeners. The latter are migrating in droves to the proliferation of media available on the Internet, beyond the captive audience that used to be delivered to the CBC by CRTC regulations.

 The response to the CBC’s problems is clear enough, given its inability to acknowledge let alone correct its ideological bias. End its $1-billion of government subsidies. The CBC does not present an accurate face of Canada to Canadians. The two don’t recognize each other anymore.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Exposed ... CBC stars are hypocrites

Just when you thought the CBC couldn’t sink any deeper into its self-made quagmire, the public broadcaster’s senior news editors again show they’re sharing an ethical compass with Bernie Madoff.

At the time, not a single CBC News executive (and there are layers of them) appeared troubled by the fact that high-profile CBC journalists had, for years, leveraged their state-subsidized celebrity to pad their bank accounts.

I’m convinced they thought that the CBC could make the scandal go away, with the connivance of allies in the mainstream media. Bad call.

Putting it bluntly, McGuire, Lang and Mansbridge are rank hypocrites. They were all for paid speaking gigs until they were against them.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Exposed - Hubert Lacroix admits to challenges

The current CBC business model is going to die, according to its president.

The public broadcaster is currently facing issues with funding and keeping viewers, listeners and readers engaged and needs to find new ways to do both, said CBC President and CEO Hubert LaCroix during a discussion on public broadcast’s future, hosted by the RTA School of Media on March 5.

“The funding model of receiving a cheque from the [federal] government and lobbying like crazy so that your cheque is not weaker or smaller than the one that you got the year before is not the best funding model,” LaCroix said.

Creating engaging content across multiple platforms is another issue the CBC is tackling.

LaCroix said the Internet is a new source of search and display but not of advertising revenue for the CBC.

LaCroix said that the challenge is connecting with Canadians one-on-one because now they are more likely to trust social media rather than a news anchor.

Read the full story.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Exposed - CBC threatens to skew public opinion

The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting are hoping to make greater funding for the CBC a campaign issue in the upcoming federal election.
Of course the Friends want more – much more – of your money and mine for the state broadcaster, the lefty broadcaster whose goal is to help the Tories’ rivals win this fall’s election, the broadcaster that is most popular with smug elitists such as the folks who support Friends.

In what has to be one of the most preposterous, over-the-top issues ads since the Liberals’ unhinged attack ad in the 2006 federal election that threatened a Tory win meant “Soldiers with guns. In our cities. In Canada,” the Friends are asking Canadians to help “Free the CBC.”

Free it from what?

In 2014 dollars, the Chretien government gave the CBC just under $1.2 billion a year. Under Paul Martin, it got just over $1.2 billion. Now its overall budget is just over $1 billion. But it’s still over a billion.

No other broadcaster in the country, indeed no other cultural institution gets anywhere near what Mother Corp extracts from hardworking Canadians every year.

If anything, the CBC, with its enormous budget and vast network of taxpayer-funded assets across the country, coupled with its obvious bias against conservative ideas and the Tory government, threatens to skew public opinion.

The danger of an unchallenged left-wing “public” broadcaster is even greater with the demise last month of the Sun News Network.

The CBC should have to survive in the TV and radio markets just like any other broadcaster.

Read the full story.