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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Average CBC online visitor only spends 35 minutes per month

The CBC launched its “Strategy 2020″ initiative three years ago, making digital the pubcaster’s top area of investment.

President and CEO Hubert Lacroix told MiC that CBC’s digital strength lies mainly in its news and factual properties.

Data shows the average CBC online visitor currently spends 35 minutes per month across its digital properties, and CBC aims to increase the amount of time users spend on the site and how actively they migrate from one piece of content to another.

Audience analytics is another big priority for 2018. “We are spending a lot of money and a lot of time trying to figure out how we can better read and understand who’s coming to us,” Lacroix said.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Radio-Canada reporter arrested for alleged harassment

The CBC’s French-language network said the complaint against Antoine Trépanier stems from calls and emails he sent seeking reaction to a story about the head of the chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in western Quebec.

Gatineau police wouldn’t discuss the particulars of Tuesday’s complaint.

“The alleged victim wrote a formal statement indicating fear for her safety as a result of threats received and repeated communications from a man,” the force said in a release.

“Judging the statement credible and following analysis of the evidence, a police officer telephoned the individual to inform him he was the subject of a criminal harassment complaint.”

The complaint was filed later that day and the reporter was called to the police station in the Hull district.

Accompanied by two managers, Trépanier was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court June 20.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Is the CBC a public or a commercial broadcaster?

Here is the good news: the CRTC has ordered CBC/Radio-Canada to end paid advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique. The ban begins immediately.

The bad news is that CBC management still seems to think it was doing the right thing when it opened the two radio networks to commercial sponsorship three years ago, with the CRTC's wary approval.

But the "reality" of public broadcasting, in principle at least, is that it exists precisely in order to provide a service that is not a commercial, for-profit undertaking. It is intended to be distinctive, to be free from the influence of vested interests either commercial or governmental, and to serve its audiences as citizens rather than as consumers.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

President practice proving disastrous for CBC

For over a decade CBC Presidents, who, along with the CBC Board of Directors, are appointed by the government, have hired outsiders to manage CBC English Radio and TV. Hubert Lacroix, the current President admitted when he accepted the job he knew very little about the CBC. For the President to in turn rely on outsiders to manage the programming services is a departure from a long practice of relying on staff who came up through CBC ranks to become vice-presidents.

This is proving disastrous as the CBC once again has suffered government funding cuts and is trying to maximize other revenues. But it is evident to me that the current senior management team knows very little about the organization they are in charge of, the result of broken management systems and practices.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CBC The National’s still can’t break top 30 in national ratings

‘We have a good foundation, and we’re continuing to build,’ says Rosemary Barton.

Ten weeks into the CBC The National's revamped newscast, host Rosemary Barton says the program continues to evolve, but internal numbers already show growth in younger demographics and digitally. “I don’t think we’re satisfied yet, but I think we’re moving in the right direction, and by that I mean we’re trying to push the boundaries a little bit, we’re trying new things.

Read more here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CBC pushes fake news

As much as I like to rip into CBC, I normally expect better from veteran reporter David Common. He’s normally much more on the ball than his latest story on the Gerald Stanley/Coulten Boushie file that has sparked claims of a racist justice system and promises by the prime minister to change the justice system.

This story, which aired on CBC’s The National – Canada’s third most watched national newscast – and was aired on the much more listened to World at Six radio program was so riddled with holes that it had to be be corrected multiple times on the web and now the state broadcaster will air brief corrections. The full excuse, including blaming the Mounties for shoddy journalism, is down at the bottom of this article.

But the damage from CBC’s original reporting is done. It pushed a completely false narrative and helped inflame race relations in an already tense situation.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The day I lost all respect for the National

The date was July 7, 2011 — the day Canada pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after nine years of brutal war ending without even a truce. One hundred and sixty-one Canadian soldiers and civilians died in that war. At a financial cost of some $18-billion. By the close of this day we’d lost more troops per capita in Afghanistan than any of the 21 other coalition nations — including the United States which started it.

July 7, 2011 was the end of Canada’s longest-ever war. An historic, momentous day for our nation. A day to remember. A day to show respect. A day to mourn. A day to celebrate, perhaps.

Yet you wouldn’t have had a clue about this day’s significance if you watched the CBC’s flagship news program on the evening of July 7, 2011.

The National devoted its entire first section to coverage of Will and Kate smiling and shaking hands at the Calgary Stampede.

So the thirteenth day of the Will and Kate tour was lead story on The National. Then, after a commercial, a murder trial in Florida, floods in China, a stadium collapse somewhere and a dust storm in Arizona.

Only after all this entirely meaningless celebrity-adoring, foreign crime and weather did The National report on the end of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan — the sixth story in its lineup, not from brutal, battered Kandahar, but voiced-over from Toronto, using free pool video.

July 7, 2011 was the day I finally lost all respect for The National.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 09, 2018

CBC workplace is unhealthy

Many employees of Canada’s national broadcaster believe the CBC workplace is psychologically unhealthy and managers do not deal effectively with issues that may threaten or harm them, according to an internal survey carried out following the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.

“Psychological health and care for individual well-being are significant concerns,” says a report released internally to CBC and obtained by the Star. The results show 43 per cent of survey respondents said they would not describe their workplace as psychologically healthy.

Concerns were also raised by survey respondents over whether the CBC deals effectively with “situations that may threaten or harm employees.” Almost a third (29 per cent) said the CBC does not.

The survey, conducted for CBC in the summer by Gallup, also showed that “pride of association” in the national broadcaster has plummeted from 92 per cent of employees feeling proud to be CBC journalists and support staff in 2012 to 69 per cent in 2015.

Just over one half of the CBC’s 7,600 full- and part-time employees completed the survey. The questionnaire asked people to answer the questions on a 1-5 scale from “strongly disagree” to “strongly agree.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

CBC TV has tried to be all things to all Canadians

People inside will tell you that, from day to day, marching orders change, priorities shift and budgetary restraints are slapped on and off like rusty handcuffs. Outsiders who deal with the broadcaster will tell you that, on any given day, the CBC appears to be quite good at one thing: internal confusion.
This identity crisis is rooted in its very DNA.
The Broadcasting Act, which guides the CBC, was last amended in 1991. This means the CBC mandate was forged in a year when Brian Mulroney was prime minister, the GST was introduced and the average Canadian surfed about 20 channels.
There were no DVDs, PVRs, on-demand video, satellite radio, content streams, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, Amazon or even the Internet as we know it.
As technology reshaped media, CBC TV has tried to be all things to all Canadians.
And it has failed.
Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

CBC distancing themselves from basic principles of public broadcasting

Decades ago CBC was the only Canadian TV or radio station most Canadians could receive. It was a necessity, not a convenience. A handful of private radio stations existed in major cities in the 1920s; but in the 1930s Parliament created the CBC and rapidly it became the most important radio broadcaster in the country.

By the late 1950s CBC Radio began suffering audience losses, as private popular music stations were launched. Rock ’n’ roll, aided by the invention of the transistor radio and car radios (as well as TV), crushed CBC’s comedy and variety programs. By the late 1960s the audience numbers had so deteriorated that CBC even considered shutting down its radio services.

CBC TV finds itself today in a very fragile position, as desperate as radio’s was 50 years ago. Today CBC TV is only one (two if you count its news channel) of hundreds of channels, with less and less to distinguish it from private channels.

While chasing elusive ratings, CBC TV and, to a lesser extent, CBC Radio have been distancing themselves from the basic principles of public broadcasting. For example, CBC TV and Radio have journalistic policies dealing with the expression of opinion. The policy states: “CBC journalists do not express their own personal opinion because it affects the perception of impartiality and could affect an open and honest exploration of an issue.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

CBC coy about plans to compete with print media ...

Would Netflix want to get into the newspaper business? I doubt it. Then, why is CBC so keen on competing with the print media with its online offerings? Is it breaking the law in doing so?

For more than 20 years CBC has offered an Internet website,, but in the past few years this effort has been accelerated. In its recently released strategic plan, called “A Space for Us All,” CBC was coy about its plans to compete with print media. When it was pointed out on Twitter that the strategy said the CBC wanted to turn into a “public media company,” the CBC first denied that this phrase was in the document and then tried to rationalize it.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 05, 2018

CBC is to blame for declining subscriptions ...

Over the last few years, declining subscriptions, the Internet and lower advertising revenue have hit the nation’s newspapers hard. They might soon only afford a small staff of interns to yell the news in your local town square.

The heads of the newspaper business have told Parliament’s heritage committee that the CBC is to blame.

The CBC has made a number of changes, from running digital ads to launching an opinion section that has diversified the range of white people paid to have opinions.

Our public broadcaster behaved like a ruthless media company, which other media companies apparently did not realize was an option.These changes, they say, have hampered the ability of newspapers to sell advertising. It hasn’t come up that the websites of many major newspapers look like a scanned pdf. And the existence of adblockers seems to have escaped their attention.

Up against this finger-pointing, the CBC has responded that they’re only too happy to get out of the advertising game. For $418 million, they’ll go ad-free like their BBC counterparts. Not only is it a clever bit of ransoming, it’s an excellent response to every criticism levelled at them.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 02, 2018

CBC affiliates in Ontario partner with CTV

A new programming agreement at three local TV stations in Eastern Ontario will leave viewers in the area who watch over-the-air television without access to CBC programming.

Longtime CBC affiliates CKWS-TV in Kingston, Channel 12 in Oshawa and CHEX-TV in Peterborough will each begin carrying an array of CTV shows beginning Aug. 31.

The move bumps CBC programming, including “Dragons’ Den” and “Rick Mercer Report,” off the schedule in favour of CTV’s “The Amazing Race Canada” and “MasterChef Canada.”

CBC’s nightly news broadcast of “The National” will be replaced by “CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme.”

All three local stations are owned by Corus Entertainment (TSX:CJR.B), which struck the new pact with CTV’s operator Bell Media, a division of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE).

The change means that some viewers in the affected communities will not have access to CBC programs if they use an antenna to pick up over-the-air signals.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

10 Reasons Why The New CBC 'National' Flopped

The missus was away. The dogs had been let out. I had a Man Cold. I'd finished the Holocaust Week panel at the ROM. So I collapsed on the couch at Chez Kinsella and turned on the new and improved "National" on CBC.


Here are my 10 observations, in no particular order.

1 -  Four anchors?  That's not a newscast, that's a sequel to "Split", the movie. Multiple personalities make for memorable horror flicks, but not so much a serious newscast.

2 - The sum of the four is less than one part.

3 - It's too busy.

4 - The graphics bugged me.

5 - It was seriously unserious.

6 - It was CNN-y.

7 - The set looks like it was designed by Sprockets.

8 - Click schtick.

9 - TV is pictures.

10 -It didn't blow me away.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CBC comfortable with lower audience numbers

On a randomly chosen Monday night in January, when Mansbridge was still anchor, “The National” on the main network had an estimated audience of 734,000 viewers during the first half hour of the show, dropping to 584,000 viewers in the second half.

For the debut of the new “The National” — now hosted by Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang — 739,000 viewers were tuned in for the first 30 minutes on CBC, while 601,000 were still watching for the second half.

But subsequent nights saw ratings peak between the high-300,000 to low-600,000 range.

Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, says the network is “comfortable with the audience numbers and the anecdotal reaction to the program so far.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

CBC TV is in a fragile position

Curiously, CBC Radio has lately begun competing with private stations, employing pop music on its second radio network and a journalistic style that is starting to sound like private radio. Commercials have even crept in.

Why? One explanation is that CBC has made disproportionate budget cuts to radio, weakening the service and prompting some unsavoury changes. More than $50-million has been lost from radio’s annual budget, which in net terms has been given to CBC TV.

Today, CBC TV is the service in a fragile position. It’s just one among hundreds of channels, almost indistinguishable from private competitors.

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 26, 2018

CBC sees its service as a complement to existing services such as Netflix ...

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will stream its live television stations online for free, a move that could further erode the value of traditional TV subscriptions in an era where many consumers are already cutting the cord.

On Tuesday, CBC TV started streaming its 14 regional linear television channels for free and launched a paid over-the-top TV subscription service for $4.99 per month. The premium service includes on-demand episodes without advertisements and CBC News Network, which was previously available as a standalone for $6.95 per month.

“Many Canadians are getting more and more of their content from digital over-the-top services like Netflix. We need to ensure our audiences can get CBC in the same way,” executive vice president of English services Heather Conway wrote in a memo to staff Monday.

Viewers will occasionally see a title card or blank slate if CBC doesn’t have the rights to broadcast content online. For the most part, CBC will substitute commercials on its live TV feeds with ads tailored for the digital experience.

CBC sees its service as a complement to existing services such as Netflix, BCE Inc.’s CraveTV or Amazon Prime Video, especially as consumers increasingly subscribe to multiple services.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 23, 2018

CBC Funding Poll

Should the government increase funding to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)?

See the poll here.

last answered 17 minutes ago
CBC Funding Poll Results


1,600 votes


3,138 votes

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Would Canadians be willing to pay for CBC directly

Mélanie Joly, the new minister responsible for the CBC, must decide what to do about our national broadcaster.

What do Canadians want from their public broadcaster? The first thing the minister should do is ask Canadians what they want from a new CBC for the future.

The CBC research project should start by asking a large, representative sample of Canadians to imagine there was no CBC TV or radio. Would people miss the CBC? Would they turn to other radio stations, if CBC Radio were no longer available? Would they just stop listening to radio altogether? Would they be willing to pay to keep it?

Would Canadians be willing to pay for CBC directly via their TV and Internet providers?

The minister should collect relevant industry data on how the CBC spends the public money it currently receives and the commercial revenue it generates. Ask experts for suggestions on how CBC could be more efficient with our money and what incentives could be put in place to increase efficiency. Should CBC be in the business of renting its buildings or airwaves to private interests? Should CBC be competing with newspapers and online media for readers and advertisers? Just how much revenue do all those new CBC Internet services generate, which CBC has never revealed?

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CBC - Are we even making radio anymore?

Since its founding in 1936, the cbc has routinely been accused of stodginess. But as the broadcaster adapts to changing media conditions and grows more elaborate, it harbours ambitions that threaten to outstrip its own ability to define itself. Jeffrey Dvorkin, once a managing editor of cbc Radio News and now head of the journalism program at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, puts it this way: “When media organizations lose sight of their purpose, they embrace technology without really understanding what it is.”

It’s important to note that despite the cbc’s cutback targets—it aims to shed 1,150 full-time positions by 2020—it also plans to hire 300 new employees “in the next years” to improve the company’s digital skills. Whether that will mean more coders, more interactive journalists, or more thought leaders who would help shape the company’s ultramodern ethos remains unclear.

For programmers at the cbc, the message is simple: Think about digital. All. The. Time. But making radio and TV with that in mind is more challenging. A radio producer I know there tells me that, so far, she’s had little guidance about how to, as she puts it, “up the digital game.” The company should appeal to younger listeners, one manager told her. That same manager said, vis-à-vis the vision thing, that in five years people will be using driverless cars, so the cbc needs to think about creating programming for people who are in cars but don’t have to focus on driving. “I have honestly tried to understand our mission or mandate,” she says, “but the message from management has been vague and confusing.

All she knows, she says, is that every Friday, she gets an email announcing the top digital stories for their division (often the quirky ones), and that everyone wants to be mentioned in this report and are gutted if they’re not. “Our numbers suck,” she says of the radio show she works on. “So a group of us tried to figure out how to better market our show. We’re not marketing experts, but no one else is doing it for us.” They hashed out ways to make Twitter more effective in boosting their numbers. But, she asks, “Are we even making radio anymore?”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CBC criticized for exposure

Former Olympian Nicole Forrester says the live broadcast of the wardrobe malfunction during Sunday night's ice dance competition at the Pyeongchang Games was unfortunate and unavoidable.

Forrester said she felt mortified for French skater Gabriella Papadakis when her costume became loose and revealed one of her breasts while performing on ice with Guillaume Cizeron.

The live performance on CBC was quickly followed by a slow-motion replay.

While some Canadian social media users criticized CBC for airing the footage, which was carried live around 11:20 p.m. ET, the network responded with a tweet explaining that it uses the local feed for the event and that the footage would be edited out of encore broadcasts.

A CBC spokesperson was not available for comment Monday.

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

CBC splits single white man’s salary

CBC splits single white man’s salary between two women, two minorities

Following the departure of longtime anchor Peter Mansbridge, CBC executives have decided to hire a diverse collection of hosts, each of whom will receive an equal share of Mansbridge’s previous salary.

While the average pay gaps between white men and white women, and white men and minority men is less than 20%, all four anchors released statements saying that they are contractually obligated to be “thrilled” to be making exactly 75% less than Mansbridge.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

CBC spent almost $900Gs on outside help to fight lawsuit

Despite having 22 lawyers on staff, CBC spent close to $900,000 on top-flight lawyers from an outside firm to fight a lawsuit that could have been settled with an apology.

As has previously been reported, CBC's legal costs to defend a lawsuit brought by filmmakers Claude Fournier and Marie-Jose Raymond topped $1 million. But new documents released by the state broadcaster show the legal firm Borden, Ladner, Gervais billed $871,769.03 for its services.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Here’s What CBC Staff Told Their Bosses About The Need For Diversity

Last summer, CANADALAND published a story on the lack of diversity among CBC staff, citing an internal company survey taken between 2011 and March 2016 showing that about 90% of its employees were white.

Now, a year later, the CBC’s union, the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), believes there is reason to be cautiously hopeful that things are beginning to change.

In June, the union’s Joint Employment Equity Committee published a bulletin stating that over the previous year, the CBC had renewed its commitment to equitable hiring practices — and crediting the CANADALAND article with sparking the conversation.

The piece “exposed years of virtual inaction,” wrote the CMG, and led CBC staff “from across the country” to send a pair of letters to CBC president Hubert Lacroix and CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire demanding changes in hiring practices.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CBC Fifth Estate film found at fault

Fifth Estate film found at fault for unfounded facts and false impressions.

If you thought that headline was a mouthful, try swallowing a damages award of $950,000 and a costs award over $800,000 as the CBC had to in the libel lawsuit brought by Dr. Frans Leenan. After winning his case in Ontario's Superior Court, Dr. Leenen said, 'Four years ago we proposed to settle this law suit for $10,000 and an on-air apology. It was refused...The Fifth Estate persisted and took me through 10 weeks of trial.'

The trial judge awarded very high damages for libel against The Fifth Estate and the CBC as well as individual reporters and producers. The CBC appealed.

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 12, 2018

CBC The Current Demonizes Israel

Alarmingly, on February 7, CBC Radio’s The Current news program aired a lengthy 40+minute segment which fundamentally demonized Israel.

The program misleadingly presented itself as fair and balanced by featuring two Palestinians and two Israelis on the show, however, all these individuals were extremely hostile to Israel and none represented a mainstream Israeli perspective, nor was there a real exploration of Israel’s security concerns, its painful concessions and many generous peace offers. The program gave short shrift to the daily Palestinian terror attacks, endemic incitement, unilateralism, and corruption. The Current concluded their program by claiming that “We did also reach out to the Likud Youth Party to see if one of their members would like to join our discussion but we did not hear back.” And yet, that doesn’t absolve the CBC of its responsibility to produce balanced programming. Of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands of people who could have been interviewed to provide perspectives from the mainstream, centrist or right-leaning voices of Israel, but CBC did not secure any of these individuals to appear on its program. They could have, and they should have.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Stop the taxpayers funding of the CBC network

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.

Read the responses to this petition here.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

CBC is the financial elephant in the press room

Just how should the CBC fit in a media world where it is already the financial elephant in the press room, an elephant gaining substantial financial weight with every passing year while other media shrinks?

Should it be competing virtually unfettered in the digital realm, selling $25 million a year in advertising and operating its websites like any private operator, all the while leaning on its substantial and publicly subsidized newsrooms to provide stories, photos and video?

Should it be spending taxpayers’ dollars to purchase and give away CBC-branded material at parades and events like the Regatta?

Should the CBC be in the “personality” business, offering up staff in exchange for public support for the broadcaster?

Should it be using its own airtime to congratulate and promote itself for its role in charity fundraising?

Should the CBC’s digital arm be expanding, as it is now doing, into opinion content, using its hefty financial resources to pay for it?

Should the CBC’s primary function be public service journalism, or ratings competition with private broadcasters?

There’s a huge value in a properly funded public broadcaster — it can do things that no private broadcaster does.

But public funding also means the elephant answering to the public, instead of just sitting wherever it wants to.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

CBC repeatedly peddling fantastical stories

The CBC’s venerable Fifth Estate has done a lot of good work on important stories over many decades. But its record has been marred by repeatedly peddling fantastical stories about the 1963 murder of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The most recent came on November 17, with “The JFK Files: The Murder of a President.”

It might be tempting to shrug off McKenna and the Fifth Estate’s obsession with Kennedy fantasies as just the eccentricities of a rogue operation within the giant CBC bureaucracy. But somebody higher up the food chain approves their budgets and their programs.

Is this really what Canadians want for news and entertainment from the state-owned broadcaster? At a cost of a billion or a billion and a half tax dollars a year? We ought to be concerned about Canadian voices drowning in a global sea of news and dreck produced elsewhere.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

CBC wants more privilege and an extra $400 million

The CBC wants to be freed from the need to scrounge for advertising dollars, so it can nurture Canada's "cultural ecosystem" away from the distasteful world of competitive rivalries.

Canada’s public broadcasting network has been under fire for months over its efforts to build a digital presence in direct competition with private newspapers and other media, which are struggling to survive in the face of remorseless technological change. The private operators maintain it’s unfair that the CBC gets generous subsidies to steal business from them. In a world of shifting readership habits and murderous competition, every penny of revenue is vital. The CBC, they note, already enjoys a federal subsidy of more than $1 billion a year, including a $150 million annual boost introduced by the Trudeau Liberals. Private operators, meanwhile, are haemorrhaging money as the strive to keep the wolf from the door.

The CBC’s response: Ask for even more money from the public purse.

Read the full story here.