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, May 24, 2017

CBC president Hubert Lacroix defends American programming

CBC president Hubert Lacroix has defended the Canadian public broadcaster’s use of American syndicated game shows as lead-ins to its primetime schedule.

Lacroix told webcast for CBC listeners Wednesday that Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, acquired from CBS Paramount International Television, are cheaper to program than homegrown shows, and “raise the awareness of the rest of our programming schedule.”

The CBC topper also rejected criticism that the Canadian public broadcaster is airing primetime fluff to bolster ratings in competition with rivals like CTV and Global Television that air mostly popular U.S. network series in primetime.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Why should the CBC be any different?

In an editorial for Newspapers Canada, Canadian Newspaper Association chair Bob Cox argues that it’s pointless—and maybe even a little corrupt—for the CBC to be reorienting itself toward online services, precisely because doing so is a business-savvy move—so business-savvy, in fact, that privately owned newspapers are already doing it of their own accord.

“There’s no need to pour tax dollars into something the the private sector is already doing without a subsidy, unless the goal is propaganda,” he writes. There’s a certain logic to this. Much of what the government does is aimed at serving the public good in ways private enterprise can’t. Why should the CBC be any different?

Read the full story here.

Friday, May 19, 2017

CBC's The National managing editor removed

CBC has removed the new managing editor of The National, the third media leader in Canada to lose his job or step down over the past week after weighing in on the toxic subject of cultural appropriation. 

Steve Ladurantaye, who had been tapped in March to oversee the reinvention of CBC-TV’s flagship evening newscast, was reassigned Wednesday afternoon, less than one week after joining a number of other Canadian media executives last Thursday in a late-night Twitter conversation in which he issued a tweet that appeared to express support for their idea of a so-called “appropriation prize.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

CBC described as a predator

Canadian journalism is in the midst of industrial and market failure. Print and broadcast journalism are struggling to adapt to both the economic models of the digital economy as well as the media consumption habits of digitally-enabled citizens. Meanwhile, our small size, lack of VC funding, large presence of U.S. digital journalism companies, combined with the rise of Facebook, Google and the pernicious effect of the ad-tech industry has led to a market failure in the funding model for Canadian digital journalism.

As a recent Public Policy Forum report (for which we were research principals) argues, it is time that Canadian media policy adapt to the realities of the digital age. While much of the coverage of the report has focused on the establishment of a Future of Journalism and Democracy Fund, in our minds the most critical recommendation concerns the CBC – namely, that the CBC should begin publishing all civic journalism content under a Creative Commons license.

Rightly or wrongly, many people that we spoke to for this project, in both the traditional and new media, described the CBC as a “predator.” This should concern all proponents of the CBC.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CBC mandate must be revisited

Back in June 2014, when the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation lost the rights for Hockey Night in Canada, Canada’s private news media’s future was set, more or less, to “Screwed.”

The Ceeb was losing its fattest revenue vein and entering survival mode just as news reportage was migrating to smartphones from newspapers, televisions, radios and desktop computers. It was then, as the broadcaster looked to reinvent itself, that all of us should have demanded its mandate be revisited — for every other news organization’s sake.

Two years later, without that re-examination, the CBC’s future is healthy while its competitors in privately owned print news cling to life. The reason: the CBC’s wholesale migration to the mobile web, by way of which our tax dollars are underwriting print news (and now even newspaper-like opinion) for the price — zero — that most Canadians are willing to pay to read such stuff on their iPhones.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Government calls for CBC to be accountable ...

The CBC’s president says the public broadcaster will not use its $675-million windfall from Tuesday’s federal budget to restore what it lost through years of cutbacks, and will instead spend on current priorities such as digital platforms, local news bureaus and original programs.

But the CBC alone may not get to decide all priorities. The government has promised to hammer out a five-year “accountability plan” with the broadcaster.

Read the full story here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Liberals Say CBC Mandate Would Include Promoting, Distributing Canadian Films

At a debate on the future of the arts industry, Liberal incumbent Stephane Dion said the party would temporarily add promoting and distributing Canadian feature films to the public broadcaster's mandate.

Dion said the CBC's role as a platform for Canadian arts and culture is "paramount," something he said was made clear during recent consultations.

"The role all witnesses at the hearings wanted the CBC to play in the distribution and marketing of Canadian feature films is something we'll put in the mandate of the CBC — not only the amount of money but we'll negotiate a mandate of five years," he said.

Read the full story here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

CBC has trouble understanding today's youth

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.

In 2007, a federal government report recommended that the "government of Canada commit to stable, multi-year funding for CBC/Radio-Canada." The Harper Conservatives not only ignored that advice but actually slashed the broadcaster's budget.

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.

According to former head of CBC English broadcasting Richard Stursberg, who served under Lacroix for two years before he was sacked in 2010, Lacroix is no exception.

"It's interesting if you look back over all the presidents. I don't think any of them had a media background," says Stursberg. "I don't think most of them had ever run anything bigger than a bath."

Read the full story here.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

CBC listeners were misled

On May 3, HonestReporting Canada filed a complaint with CBC Editor-in-Chief Jennifer McGuire bringing our concerns to the CBC’s attention regarding a biased radio report it aired about the treatment and conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
On April 30 at 8:13pm, CBC Radio aired a report by Irris Makler on a hunger strike which has been carried out by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, along with other Palestinians elsewhere in solidarity with the prisoners, and British students abroad.
Ms. Makler’s report noted that Israel’s Ofer prison has been a focus of the protests. Makler stated the following: “The hunger strikers are demanding better medical treatment, more family visits, and crucially, an end to Israel’s controversial policy of detention without trial.”
HonestReporting Canada contends that this CBC Radio report was deficient on two grounds:
  1. No context was given to explain that Israel contends that its prison system is in adherence to Israeli law and international standards
  2. CBC listeners were misled into thinking that Israel detains Palestinian “political prisoners,” not individuals incarcerated for terror-related offences
Read the full story here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CBC criticized over digital news

The publisher of the Globe and Mail newspaper, Philip Crawley, told members of Parliament who are examining Canada's beleaguered news industry that the Globe's ownership isn't seeking "handouts or subsidies — but we do like to play on a level playing field."

"It's not level if taxpayer dollars directed to the public broadcaster make the competition for digital ad dollars more difficult. The CBC is the Globe's largest competitor in the digital ad space amongst Canadian-based media."

The Commons committee is examining the state of Canada's media industry, with a particular emphasis on how structural changes to the market created by the digital age have undercut local news reporting. It's a global, multi-headed problem.

Through it all, the CBC has been a frequent target of testimony at the hearings, which began last February.

"My colleagues and I in the industry do not support the notion that handing out more money to the CBC helps local or national newspapers," Crawley, who also serves as co-chair of The Canadian Press news agency, said Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

CBC challenged on story in Venezuela

This is an opinion piece submitted to us following a story published by the CBC.  They wanted to present a very different side to the story that the CBC put forward.

We welcome stories from our readers when they feel that the CBC has wrongly portrayed events in their opinion and want our readers to make up their minds when all sides of the story are presented.
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I was shocked when I read the tweet from a Canadian news company, CBC https://twitter.com/CBCNews/status/859241139819483136 blaming the opposition for trying to stage a coup in Venezuela, my country.

Considering, as we all know, the statement from the Canadian Government regarding Venezuela, this article left me a bit perplexed:

http://www.international.gc.ca/oas-oea/2017-04-Resolution_Venezuela.aspx?lang=eng

Venezuela is a rich country, although paradoxically dying of hunger, lack of medicines, and social disregard by the government.

Ever since Hugo Chavez started governing my country, companies were expropiated, private properties taken away from their rightful owners so “the people” could use them. You can turn to the news and check what the situation of those properties, then seized by the government is now: Non-productive and abandoned because “the people” lacked the expertise to take care of anything they were given, and in turn the government could not care less, already having met its goal: it had already sent the message that it cared for the less fortunate in Venezuela, but it was all a façade: it kept making them poorer by the day. All Chavez pretended was to give the idea of taking care of the less fortunate when all he wanted was power and riches.

Where Chavez did well was at making friends: He made sure all his revolutionary neighbors had substantial help from him, giving oil at ridiculous terms, mostly in exchange of loyalty. He used Venezuela as his personal wallet. This fortuneless man ended up amassing one of the biggest fortunes of Latin America. During his time in office, Venezuela started to be known for drug traficking.
When Maduro arrived in power, his only merit was having been appointed by Chavez. It was apparent that this clueless man with no studies had an impossible task to accomplish: inflation ratse were soaring, the militias were everywhere cand ontrolling everything. Day in and day out, much like his predecessor, he claimed that somebody, somewhere was staging a coup d’état against him, he accussed Spain, the USA, Colombia, any country could be guilty, just seach on youtube: “Maduro Acusa”:


I could keep on adding links, maybe one per month ever since he first sat in office, 4 years ago.
As everyone knows, drug trafficking has become a major issue in Venezuela: two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady are awaiting sentence for drug trafficking into the United States. Tareck al Aisami, Vicepresident of Venezuela, is suspected to be a drug lord; he is actually facing many sanctions from USA’s Government. 

Another one of the big names in Venezuela is Diosdado Cabello, he is a military man and a polititian. He was the President of the National Assembly until Dec 2015 there are many reports on him for being a member of the drug cartel “El Cartel de los Soles”


On January 17th 2017, Mr Cabello said that “No more elections will be held, what we will have is even more revolution” 


The government shows pictures of young masked students throwing pebbles at national guards, they must have their face covered or else they go detained just by being in the street. And if they throw pebbles or return the gas bombs they are thrown at is only because they have no means of defending themselves under the constant agression of the government and militia forces.

The government declares my country as a democracy. Yet why are they even holding political prisoners and why do they forbid visits to them from both their families and their legal representatives? There are documents ordering the release of many prisoners and yet they are still incarcerated. There is permission granted to Lilian Tintori to visit opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and yet she has not been able to see him for the las 32 days.

All Venezuela wants is Humanitarian help: food, medicines, release and political rehabilitation of political prisioners, Peace and Freedom. If violence escalates, we Venezuelans, hold the government responsible.

The government calls it a revolution, talks about war. But we say, war is when both sides are armed.

What I clearly see in Venezuela is GENOCIDE.

* I asked permission to a journalist, Pableysa Ostos, to post a picture taken by her in Puerto Ordaz.



https://twitter.com/PableOstos/status/859811251354046464

Respectfully submitted,

Carmen F.

Monday, May 08, 2017

CBC in midst of identity crisis

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.

Friday, May 05, 2017

CBC reports Venezuela's opposition trying to stage a coup

Pro- and anti-government rallies totalling hundreds of thousands of people jammed Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, on Monday.
Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro accused opponents of trying to foment a coup d'état, but opposition leaders promised to continue protests that have shut down major cities over the past month.
See the news report here.

BUT ... is there another story?  Do you have a twitter account?  CBC news recently ran this story on their twitter account (@CBCNews) and this is a sampling of responses to that story:

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