Its 2017: what case can be made for the Government to be in the broadcasting business, competing unfairly with the private sector? The CBC receives advertising and cable/satellite fees-fees greater than CTV and Global but this is not enough for the greedy CBC who also receive more than a billion dollars of your tax money. And now the new Trudeau Government has promised at least an additional $150 million dollars a year to this biased, wasteful government broadcaster. As is, Taxpayers continue to be hosed to the tune of about $100,000,000 (yes, 100 MILLION) of our taxes every 30 days with no CBC accountability to taxpayers as they continue with their biased news service serving only the extreme socialists and anti-Semitics. Wake up Canada!

cbcExposed continues to hear from confidential sources inside the CBC about the "scandal du jour" and we will continue to expose their reports of waste, abuse and bias while we protect our sources. We take joy in knowing CBC-HQ visits us daily to research our stories such as the CBC Sunshine List, ongoing scandals including the epic Dr. Leenen case against The Fifth Estate (the largest libel case ever awarded against the media in Canadian history) where no one at CBC was fired and taxpayers paid the award and legal costs for this CBC Libel action. Writers and filmmakers take note-this is a Perfect story for a Documentary!

cbcExposed continues to enjoy substantial visitors coming from Universities and Colleges across Canada who use us for research in debates, exams, etc. We ask students to please join us in this mission; you have the power to make a difference! And so can private broadcasters who we know are hurting from the dwindling Advertising revenue pool and the CBC taking money from that pool while also unfairly getting Tax subsidies money. It's time to stop being silent and start speaking up.

Our cbcExposed Twitter followers and frequent visitors to cbcExposed continue to motivate us to expose CBC’s abuse and waste of tax money as well as exposing their ongoing left wing bully-like news bias. Polls meanwhile show that Canadians favour selling the wasteful government owned media giant and to put our tax money to better use for all Canadians. The Liberals privatized Petro Canada and Air Canada; it’s time for the Trudeau Liberals to privatize the CBC, not give them more tax money.

What does it take for real change at the CBC? You! Our blog now contains a link to the Politicians contact info for you to make your voice heard. Act now and contact your MP, the Cabinet and Prime Minister ... tell them to stop wasting your money, and ... sell the CBC.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Kevin O'Leary on the CBC

Kevin O'Leary on the CBC:

If the CBC were a real company, they would be out of business overnight. But the lights stay on because of the billion dollars of taxpayers' money that CBC gets from the government each year. It's your money but what are you getting for it?

In short, not a whole hell of a lot.

Watch his video here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Canadian Taxpayers Federation Critical of CBC Funding Proposal

CBC/Radio Canada has submitted a position paper to the federal government proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, similar to the one used to pay for the BBC in the United Kingdom, at a cost of about $400 million in additional funding.

Critics have said that the CBC is taking ad revenue away from private media that are struggling financially.

CBC came under fire last week from two federal Conservative leadership candidates. Kellie Leitch said the CBC "needs to be dismantled," while rival Maxime Bernier said the public broadcaster's mandate should be reformed and its funding cut. Bernier also said it should not be allowed to sell private advertising.

Scott Hennig, a spokesman for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, was critical of the funding proposal. "At a time when the federal government is borrowing $71 million each day, making CBC ad-free shouldn't be at the top of the priority list."

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 27, 2017

CBC Sued For Hundreds Of Millions

Subway is fighting back against a CBC report saying the fast food chain’s chicken is only about half chicken.

"We have issued a Notice of Action in Canada against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that asks for $210 million in damages over allegations made by its program, 'Marketplace,' that are defamatory and absolutely false," the company said in a statement issued to The Wrap.

“We do not know how they produced such unreliable and factually incorrect data, but we are insisting on a full retraction,” Subway told Business Insider last month.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

CBC Ombudsman has Dismissed 100% of Complaints in 2017


Found an interesting website called "The WatchTowers" ... They posted the following:
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In 2017 the CBC Ombudsman has Dismissed 100% of Complaints

The CBC Ombudsman ignored 11/11 complaints. She is not interested in holding the CBC accountable, for anything.
  • Esther is clearly ignoring tons of other complaints, only 11 answered in 2 months! (maybe she ‘lost’ them too?)
  • She never, ever agrees with the complainant. Even when the CBC made factual errors and the person interviewed contacted them to correct the errors, then they screwed up again, Esther could only say “CBC News might want to keep an eye on its progress.”
  • She doesn’t care about balance or bias and says the CBC doesn’t have to be impartial. 
Why is the CBC Ombudsman not interested in aggressively trying to hold the CBC accountable?! Hire us for the job!

Visit the website here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Have a CBC complaint?

The CBC Ombudsman looks into complaints about CBC news and current affairs content. It doesn't matter if you read it on cbcnews.ca, or heard it on CBC Radio or watched it on CBC Television or it showed up on social media (within the last 12 months) – if it deals with news and current affairs, you are in the right place.

We also deal with stories on current issues of public controversy that are produced outside of CBC News. News content in CBC sports or arts or any other specialty programming also falls within the Ombudsman's mandate.

We get asked a lot about the Comments that appear on the news website (cbcnews.ca). The comments are not part of the journalism, and are moderated by an outside company under the guidance of CBC. The Ombudsman does not have jurisdiction over comments that follow stories on the websites. You can address those concerns to http://www.cbc.ca/connects/help.

To get more information and see the form to fill out click here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Subway files $210-million lawsuit against CBC

Subway is looking for a whole lotta bread from CBC for a report that suggested roughly half of the fast-food chain’s chicken wasn’t, in fact, chicken.

Subway has filed a lawsuit seeking $210-million in damages against the CBC after a Marketplace report aired that alleged close to 50% of the chicken it uses in sandwiches is actually soy.

“Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and to express our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction, as we requested,” Subway said in a Thursday statement, according to the New York Post. “Serving high-quality food to our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to seeing that this factually incorrect report is corrected.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What to do with the CBC and Radio Canada

Found an interesting forum (What to do with Radio Canada and the CBC?) where people have suggestions for the CBC ... the following is just one of many ...
As noted on another thread, the CBC wants $400 million in annual increased donations from Ottawa so it can be ad-free.

I think CBC Radio is universally appreciated but far less so the CBC. In it's desperate bid for ad revenue we get our national broadcaster "bringing us together coast to coast to coast" by trying to find "Canada's Smartest Person" and of course what kind of self respecting CBC decade would it be without yet another rendition of Anne of Green Gables.

I think the only way the CBC TV will maintain any relevance is if it sways more towards a PBS platform with extras such as sports. Save a fortune and ditch every local newscast in the country and simply run the National. This would save a king's ransom for a service that is already provided 24/7 including the CBC. Local news can be covered by local private TV stations which nearly universally in English Canada get the higher ratings anyway.

I would like a commercial free CBC with nearly total or all Canadian content but not without a major overhaul of what the CBC and what it sees as it's future and if that means more renditions of Canada's Smartest Person, then they shouldn't get a cent.

Millions of Canadians willingly already pay for quality programming as exemplified by BC's Knowledge Network, Ontario's TVO, and even sending money to the US via PBS. The fact that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are willing to send their money out of country for decent programming says a lot about both the need and how little they feel they get from our national broadcaster.
See the complete thread here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

CBC being sued by Subway for $210 million


Subway says it plans to sue the CBC over a Marketplace story claiming about half of the chicken in the popular restaurant chain’s chicken sandwiches is soy filler.

“We have issued a notice of action in Canada against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that asks for $210 million in damages over allegations made by its program, Marketplace, that are defamatory and absolutely false,” said Subway.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

CRTC continues investigation into CBC

The CRTC, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, has been engaging in an ongoing investigation into the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation over their slanted news regarding the GamerGate controversy since January of 2015.

The scandal that kicked off GamerGate filtered heavy into the topic of media ethics, journalistic impropriety and corruption. Various forms of collusion, cronyism and unlawful activity were discovered during the early months of GamerGate but the media decided to spin a narrative around women being harassed in the tech industry.

Well, some viewers, readers and concerned consumers have called out the press on their antics and commissions like the CRTC have been answering the call of duty.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Was CBC report on TD bank accurate?

The head of Canada's main financial services ombudsman says allegations about aggressive sales tactics by TD Bank employees raise "serious concerns" and the watchdog will be keeping an eye out to see if similar issues persist in the broader industry.

"We'll certainly be monitoring our complaint volumes and monitoring the situation," Sarah Bradley, the head of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, said in an interview Monday.

Bradley's comments came in the wake of several CBC reports that current and former employees at TD (TSX:TD) alleged they broke the law to meet sales targets in order to stay employed.

In a statement late Sunday, TD Bank CEO Bharat Masrani said he doesn't believe the reports are an accurate portrayal of the bank's workplace, but he takes the concerns the story raises seriously.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CBC partners with iCopyright to monetize online content

If you’d like to send some friends an article from the CBC’s website, then the CBC would like $20. If you want to print six copies of an article, the CBC wants $10. And if you’re interested in posting an excerpt of an article to your blog, then the CBC is interested in charging $500 to your credit card for each year your post is online.

Of course, you don’t need to pay the CBC anything. You could just copy and paste a CBC article into an email and pay nothing. You could hit Ctrl-P and print as many copies as you like. You could drag and drop a chunk of text from a CBC webpage to your blog post without reaching for your Visa. And you could do any of these commonly done things without even knowing that the CBC wants to charge you to do them. Unless you share CBC content in a very specific and somewhat obscure way—by clicking the little icons at the end of each article or a button labeled “Republish,” you can freely share their stuff the way people share everything else on the Internet—copy and paste.

But if you do, it might interest you to know that the CBC is encouraging the friends you share their content with to rat you out in the hopes of scoring a $1,000,000 reward. This bizarre scheme comes via a company called iCopyright, which the CBC has partnered with to “monetize” their online content.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CBC's Hubert Lacroix promised to keep CBC at the "centre of a revolution"

The president of the national broadcaster says the CBC has plans to expand its reach into new media platforms, and compete with private broadcasters for professional sports broadcast rights.

Hubert Lacroix promised to keep CBC at the "centre of a revolution."

"Around the world, the public broadcaster is being challenged," said Lacroix. "And, of course, the most severe critics are the private media groups who seek to limit its role and activities in order to gain a competitive advantage."

Lacroix said CBC will push ahead with plans to use its public subsidy to expand to new platforms and create new television channels. Lacroix told his audience that CBC, which gets a $1.1-billion subsidy from taxpayers each year, might make a bid for the French-language broadcast rights for Montreal Canadiens games. Those rights are currently held by RDS, the French version of TSN.

CBC has licences to launch new all-sports channels in English and French that would compete with existing private channels.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 13, 2017

CBC TV bets on arts and culture

Just as the private Canadian networks launch schedules full of Muppets, superheroes and other new American series, CBC is wading in with arts and culture. Have they painted themselves into a corner?

Sure, CBC is also touting next week's return of long-running hits such as "Murdoch Mysteries" and the "Rick Mercer Report." New, Canadian-made scripted shows such as Chris Haddock's sexy spy drama "The Romeo Section" will also help CBC stand out from the import-packed competition.

Making a serious scheduling commitment to arts programming in prime-time in 2015, however, simply would not happen at a rival broadcaster — which is why Heather Conway is doing it.

Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English services, is in the second year of a five-year plan to steer the public broadcaster toward a digital future, and one that is — as she emphasized last May at the CBC season launch — "identifiably Canadian."

Conway was the chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario prior to joining CBC in 2013. She sees the arts strategy as one that will "make sure we have a distinctive voice, an offering that doesn't look or feel like anything else on the dial."

Selling art-related programming on TV has risks, agrees Conway.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

CBC continues to distort the market

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch this week proposed to dismantle Canada’s state broadcaster.

“The days of a bloated, taxpayer-subsidized CBC are numbered,” said the Ontario MP. “So long as the CBC continues to distort the market by consuming advertising revenues and having its operations underwritten by the taxpayer, the market is uncompetitive.”

It is a proposal that speaks to Canadian frustration with a public broadcaster that in recent years has been rocked by scandal, allegations of political bias, a lack of transparency and accountability, declining audience and, arguably, a self-serving mandate.

A 2015 Senate report on the future of the Crown Corporation, which receives $1 billion of taxpayer funding, concluded the CBC needs to change.

Read the full story here.

Report calls for CBC to stop selling digital ads

Public Policy Forum report calls for CBC to stop selling digital ads.

A public-policy group has issued 12 recommendations to revive the Canadian news industry, including cutting off digital revenue to the public broadcaster.

The report by the Public Policy Forum maintains that the decline of traditional media, audience fragmentation, and fake news are undermining faith in Canadian democracy.

"Free cbc.ca of the need to 'attract eyeballs' for digital advertising, which can run contrary to its civic-function mission and draw it into a 'clickbait' mentality," the report states. As things stand now, the CBC generates about $25 million in annual digital revenue, according to the report.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

CBC wants hundreds of millions more

CBC/Radio-Canada wants all its services to broadcast ad-free -- but would need $318 million in new annual funding to do so, the public broadcaster said Monday in a proposal to the federal government.

The recommendation was one of several the CBC made in a submission to Canadian Heritage's public consultation on homegrown content in a digital world.

"In order to exit advertising, CBC/Radio-Canada would require $318 million in replacement funding," states the filing.

"This figure takes into account the lost advertising revenue ($253 million), the cost to produce and procure additional Canadian content ($105 million) that is required to replace the advertising programming and the cost savings associated with the reduced cost of sales ($40 million)."

"The business model and cultural policy framework in which CBC/Radio-Canada operates and carries out its public mandate is profoundly and irrevocably broken," reads the proposal.

"Advertising revenues for conventional television are down as audiences become more fragmented, ad-free content becomes more available, and alternate content providers such as YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and, Apple TV/iTunes continue to make inroads."

The filing cited numerous benefits to an ad-free CBC/Radio-Canada, including "a net total GDP gain of $488 million" as well as the creation of 7,200 jobs.

CBC/Radio-Canada is also calling for its funding to be "predictable and stable, tied to the existing five-year licence cycle, indexed to inflation, and separated from the election and annual government budget cycles."

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

What if there was NO CBC in a Canadian broadcasting system

This is an interesting abstract from 2001 but a very good read today!

How would the Canadian broadcasting system look if there were no CBC? What would be the programming mix? Would it be deficient, leading to market failure? Digitization, convergence, and the development of the Internet are transforming broadcasting. If there were no CBC, would we create such a public service broadcaster now in a broadcast system where numerous choices, including 64 specialty channels, are available by cable and direct broadcast satellite? Would the benefits of creating a CBC be greater than the costs? If we invented a CBC today, what would be its focus? How does this compare to CBC's current operations and to the vision of its President? Our examination of these questions will concentrate on CBC English television.

Unless CBC can refocus and become truly distinctive (a goal it has largely achieved in radio but not television), people will increasingly question whether they are getting value for money. Because of non-rivalry in consumption, the cost of publicly supporting the CBC is the same whether it has an audience of 2 million or 200,000, and whether its audience share is 25% or 3%. With the increase in the number of channels available, the audience share of CBC's English-language television network, for the peak 7:00-11:00 p.m. period, has fallen from 23.3% in 1984 to 9.4% in 1998-99 (see Task Force on Broadcasting Policy, 1986; CBC, 1999). McKinsey & Company (1999) report that the audience share of CBC/SRC ranked 19th out of 21 public service broadcasters surveyed. Only PBS in the United States and TRT in Turkey obtain a lower audience share. Unlike the case for CBC radio, whose audience share has been virtually unchanged over the past five years, CBC television's audience share continues to decrease year by year. How far does CBC's audience share have to erode before Canadians conclude that it is not worth supporting?

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Privatize CBC says Another Conservative Party Leader Hopeful

From Brad Trost:

If the Conservative Establishment in Ottawa spent as much time listening to you about policy as they do squeezing you for money, we’d have already privatized the CBC

If you’re a member of the Conservative Party of Canada you know exactly what I mean. When it comes to taking your money, the party is efficient and persistent. When it comes to taking your advice on policy however, Establishment Conservatives are determined to do their own thing.

Rank-and-file members of our party are against taxpayers owning and funding a state broadcaster – especially one so openly hostile to our values. They want to cut the apron strings (more than $1-billion a year) and let the CBC – allegedly a world-class organization – stand on its own two feet.

Establishment Conservatives in Ottawa think they know better though.They don’t care what you think as long as you keep sending them money.

I understand and share your frustration. That’s why I tabled Bill C-308 in the House of Commons last fall to privatize the CBC despite being pressured by Establishment Conservatives not to “rock the boat.” I did it because I’m not one of them. I’m not an Establishment Conservative.

I work for you, not them.

Unfortunately, the Establishment is winning the battle for votes among Conservative MPs in Ottawa. Two weeks ago, two of these MPs delivered speeches in the House of Commons opposing my bill and praising the CBC. One of these two had even seconded the bill when it was introduced last fall.

Your read the right – a Conservative MP delivered a speech opposing a bill he had seconded while Liberal and NDP MPs watched and laughed at the spectacle. That’s how bad things are in Ottawa.

I say – enough!

Send a message to the Establishment Conservatives in Ottawa. Say no to their pro-CBC agenda by clicking on the link below and signing my petition.

This is your party. It’s time to take it back!

Sincerely,

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Friday, March 03, 2017

CBC's Downward Spiral

The long series of ill-formed, unaccountable decisions... makes it clear that an inexperienced, government-appointed president and board of directors is a root problem.

Looking back, it really began in 1992 when CBC TV took a gamble that ignored its most important asset, the public. Then-president Gerard Veilleux and his board of directors moved the flagship national news program from 10 .p.m to 9 p.m. The president claimed preposterously that people were going to bed earlier; research showed that was untrue, and managers thought there were enough internal checks and balances to stop the move to 9 p.m. They were wrong. The change was made and the audience plummeted to new lows.

CBC has announced a new strategy that could equal the 1992 disaster of moving The National. CBC is making Internet services the top priority and CBC TV the lowest. Radio, too, will be less important than Internet services. The success of the new strategy will be judged primarily on an internal survey commissioned by CBC, not traditional audience measures from independent surveys.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

CBC’s most highly guarded secret

In the wake of an announcement that Peter Mansbridge will be stepping down as anchor of Canada’s third most watched newscast (in a field of three) people have begun talking about his salary again. 

Watch as I walk you through what we’re finding out about what has been one of the CBC’s most highly guarded secrets even though we taxpayers are the ones who pay his salary.

In the real world, you wouldn’t keep paying more for someone whose ratings are continually going down but CBC doesn’t live in the real world.

Watch the online video here.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

CBC’s revenue drops 62%

Interesting story from online news source Blacklocks: “CBC Revenues Nosedive 62%.”

What would happen if your company lost 62 per cent of your revenues?

Many newspapers and magazines in Canada have lost 62 per cent of their ad revenues, too, which is why a newspaper or magazine is shut down every month in Canada, or has massive layoffs every quarter.

Only the CBC is immune.

If they were a real company, the CBC be out of business within one payroll period.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why is CBC weakening media diversity

We all act out of some degree of self-interest, but the arguments put forward recently by CBC executives are something to behold.

First, CBC President Hubert Lacroix put forward a position paper proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, with $400 million in additional funding from the federal government. Then Jennifer McGuire and Michel Cormier, the heads of the English and French news services, argued that moving away from advertising on all platforms would help other Canadian media transition to the digital environment. How? The CBC would replace its current ad revenues with guaranteed money from the federal government, and private media would scramble to get some of those dollars from advertisers.

McGuire and Cormier’s comments are part of the ongoing public discussion over what can be done as traditional news media are weakened in their ability to do public interest journalism. The answer, according to CBC executives, is: Let’s have more CBC! But the solution to the disrupted news media scene in Canada is not for taxpayers to shell out more to a public provider of news, no matter how high-quality or how high-minded.

The CBC has rapidly become the 800-pound gorilla in news media in many communities across Canada, not just because of its own increased resources but also because of reduced revenues at private media outlets. The result is a distortion of the marketplace that undermines the ability of private firms to transition and to continue to report the very same news and information that CBC executives say it should be publicly funded to provide.

Emboldened, the CBC now aggressively markets itself as the only source of information that Canadians require. In the Winnipeg market, for example, CBC Radio runs endless promotional ads noting it is the No. 1 radio station in Winnipeg, by market share. It advertises its local news app as the only one you need.

It appears no one at the CBC has thought to ask: “How is it that a public broadcaster dominates a local market and why are we saying that it should be the public’s only source for local news?”

Read the full story here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

CBC has some experience with crisis

CBC has some experience with crisis. In the 1940s and ’50s, the broadcaster had radio audience ratings larger than today’s most popular television programs – the 10 o’clock national news had an audience share of 50 per cent. But by the late 1950s, CBC Radio was losing its audience, its role usurped by private popular music stations and television. By the late 1960s, CBC even considered shutting down its radio services.

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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maxime Bernier will stop CBC competing with private media

When it was created 80 years ago, CBC/Radio-Canada was meant to give a voice to Canadians in the new world of radio broadcasting. It did the same later when television became a mass media.

At the time, there were only a few private channels. There was an obvious role for a public broadcaster trying to reach all Canadians in big cities or small and remote communities; to connect them to the rest of the country and the world; and to bring them together through a shared expression of ideas and culture. It worked very well for several decades and had a profound influence on how we see ourselves and the world.

Fast forward to 2016. The media landscape, with its hundreds of channels and its millions of sources of information and culture, is radically different.

What should be done? If I am elected leader of my party and prime minister, I propose to implement two fundamental reforms. First, the role and mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada have to be refocused. Do we need a public broadcaster that does game shows and cooking shows? Do we need a public broadcaster involved in sports when we have all-sports channels? Do we need a public broadcaster that runs bad Canadian copies of American popular shows? Do we need a public broadcaster that offers music streaming on the Web when there are thousands of music channels available? Do we need a public broadcaster that now has a website devoted to opinion journalism that competes with newspapers and magazines? The answer to all these questions is clearly no.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CBC has formal complaint launched against it by MP

An MP has lodged a formal complaint against the CBC for what he considers “shockingly offensive remarks” made in an opinion article featured on their website.

Garnett Genuis, the Conservative MP for Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan, submitted a letter to CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin to raise concerns about an opinion piece by journalist Neil Macdonald headlined “Simple truth is Canada’s mass shooters are usually white and Canadian-born.”

Genuis takes issue with several of the assertions in Macdonald’s column, including a line that the alleged shooter in the Quebec City mosque attack was “Probably a Christian, judging from his name.”

“This is an entirely false and deeply offensive statement that, were it to mention any other religious community, would be recognized immediately as plain bigotry,” the complaint reads in reference to a tweet by CBC’s The National regarding the column.

The CBC’s journalistic practices clearly state that “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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CBC Is Threatening Its Future ...

CBC Is Threatening Its Future By Mixing Journalism And Opinion.

After my post last week complaining -- and yes, worrying -- about CBC journalist Keith Boag's personal opinions on Donald Trump, I told myself to lie low. It's the holiday season.

That turns out to be very hard to do, because once one notices the extent to which personal opinion has become the day-to-day fodder of an ever widening circle of CBC journalists, you see it, hear it and click on it everywhere.

Let me be crystal clear: this is threatening the future of the CBC.

These comments, these opinions, unequivocally violate -- spoiler alert: here's the broken record again -- CBC's long-standing, public and incredibly clearly-written policy statement that its journalists and the organization itself must not take ANY positions on issues in the public life of the country. They must be -- impartial.

Flouting the Corporation's own rules really is a serious problem for journalism at the CBC but, clearly, it now is journalism at the CBC.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Should CBC journalists offer personal opinions?

Should Keith Boag, CBC’s senior journalist in Washington, cover the ongoing sad state of politics in the US by offering strategic political campaign advice to the US Republican Party?

What’s worrisome here is that more and more often, CBC journalists are being asked to offer their personal takes (called analysis pieces) on stories they regularly cover. And more and more often, these analysis pieces seem to be venturing into what can only be described as personal opinion.

That’s actually the job of editorial commentators, of which CBC would be wise to use more.

A quick read of the CBC’s Code of Journalistic Practice makes it clear, in simple language, what CBC’s journalists can and cannot do.

Read the full story here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

CBC News Job Is Journalism, Not Opinion

Esther Enkin, CBC’s Ombudsman, has just reminded CBC News that the job of CBC’s journalists is …. journalism, not opinion-making.

Enkin was responding to a formal complaint from a CBC.ca reader about what he felt were “inflammatory & divisive & discriminatory” comments that CBC journalist Neil Macdonald recently made about Donald Trump’s supporters.

In her formal opinion, the Ombudsman makes it clear that “expressing opinion is prohibited by CBC policy” and that Macdonald’s remarks read “like opinion” and were “unnecessary in the context of this piece.”

A key line here comes at the end of her opinion: “If Mr. Macdonald were a columnist or an outside commentator …..”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CBC Music controversial topic

There's reportedly "growing anger" from commercial broadcasters over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) new online music service, according to Radio-Info. The service, CBC Music, was a "controversial topic" at the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, reports Sean Ross. 

One group head said during the Presidents Panel "that having the cash-hungry CBC invest in an online service that won’t bring in any revenues seems like 'misplaced resources.'" Another panelist, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Chairman Rick Arnish, said “It astounds me that the CBC would go ahead and launch” CBC Music.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CBCs shrinking audiences

Proposals regarding the CBC fail to note shrinking audiences especially for English language television. CRTC Annual Monitoring Reports (available online) show the CBC’s share of the English language television market fell from 13.2 percent in 1994 to 7.5 percent in 2000 and to 5.1 percent in 2012. While government financing has remained around $1bn, this segment of its mandate has been shrinking, so that on a per viewer basis the funding has been increasing.

If the CBC is to survive, consideration should be given to it being funded only by government and not selling commercials. The latter puts it in competition with private broadcasters, allowing it to use public funds to buy programs like major sporting events. In the UK and Australia, the public broadcaster is funded almost entirely by government, with far less angst being created between public and private broadcasters. A government owned broadcaster, if one is needed, can devote its attention to its public service mandate and have a far lesser concern for audience size.

Read the full report here.