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.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Happens When CBC (Canadian BROADCASTING System) Doesn't Broadcast

In a media world that seems to undergo seismic changes with the seasons, it is tempting fate for the CBC to unveil a five-year plan, let alone one that asserts the public broadcaster’s irreplaceability.

Not only does the five-year strategy outlined on Thursday aim to make CBC “the public space at the heart of our conversations and experiences as Canadians” — no small feat, that — but it also vows that, in 2020, “three out of four Canadians will answer that CBC or Radio-Canada is very important to them personally.”

But while Mr. Lacroix and executive vice-president Heather Conway explained that the CBC is flipping on its head an investment structure that currently puts money in TV first and mobile last, the details aren’t quite so simple.

It is true that audiences are already moving to mobile with great haste, but it’s also true that the more the CBC heads down a path that is already littered with private competitors, the less there seems much of a point in having a public broadcaster operating there.

At its essence, we think of the CBC as being the vehicle through which people could stay connected with the world in even the far-flung corners of the nation. It had transmitters that went where private broadcasters didn’t, or wouldn’t.

But more than 90% of Canadians who receive a television signal do so through a cable or satellite provider today, a number that is marching inexorably toward 100%. And anyone who has an Internet signal or a smartphone has the ability to reach not just the CBC’s offerings, but countless others from across the globe.

The shift toward digital is no doubt a natural survival instinct. But when the next five-year plan comes out, is there a reason for a public broadcaster if it doesn’t, you know, broadcast?

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CBC Received $30 Billion in Taxpayer Money

The Conservative Party of Canada is upset about American game shows such a Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on CBC and during the current economic climate the CBC has little choice but to boost ratings using American shows.

The CBC has received $30 billion CDN in taxpayers' money over the last 30 years, fulfilling their obligation to provide Canadian content in both English and French, but doing so is tricky as they're limited to using a majority of Canadian content and are facing a lot of competition from cable networks with 300+ channels.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Was Hubert Lacroix appointed to kill the CBC

It seems that there’s a move a foot to kill the CBC. And it’s coming from within.

Hubert Lacroix, the reigning President of our Nation’s broadcaster looks like a business guy/bureaucrat brought in to dismantle the CBC one block at a time.

He didn’t work his way up the broadcaster, but was appointed by Stephen Harper who clearly is no fan of public broadcasting.

Clearly the CBC needs to be re-defined and then Canadians need to decide if they want to fund it and use it.

Is it time for the CBC staff to buy the “Beeb” and run it as a co-op? Would CBC staff and their unions for example, take a 50% pay cut to take control over their own destinies instead of being bull dozed by one particular leader or party? Could they compete in the current market place?

Mostly though should some government appointed stooge ever be allowed to helm the CBC again? Surely you can’t expect positive results when you look at Mr. Lacroix’s resume, can you? After all the CBC was never meant to be profitable; but it also was never meant to be bad.

Looking at some of his gigs; Telemedia was sold off in parts. Zarlink was involved in a hostile takeover. Donahue Inc.’s shares were sold off. Michelin is still in business; but then you always need good wheels to get away in after you’re part of the end of a company. Hubert Lacroix looks like he was a man appointed to kill the CBC, not lead it.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 22, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix has no intention of resigning

A defiant CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix on Thursday refused to resign in the face of heated calls to do so at an earlier employee town hall meeting.

Lacroix was eager to insist the CBC’s current woes were not self-inflicted, but shared across the industry, and globally, saying that the Canadian financing model for traditional conventional TV is endangered by a fast-changing digital landscape.

That means the CBC will reduce its infrastructure footprint to free up dollars for new digital and mobile content.

Realizing that vision will entail additional job cuts to those already unveiled in April.

And it will mean a smaller workforce by 2020.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CBC President Hubert LaCroix admits CBC Business Model Going To Die

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.

With 657 jobs eliminated last year alone due to budget cuts, and having eliminated its competitive rights to broadcast professional sports except those of national significance like the Olympics or the upcoming PanAm Games, the CBC and Radio-Canada need to find a new source of revenue.

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Time to turn out the lights at CBC

No prime minister in recent memory has voiced support for the principle of public broadcasting in this country.

On CBC Radio, there are more repeats than ever. Some programs - like the international affairs program, "Dispatches" - have been cancelled. Radio drama and recordings of live musical performances are but a memory. In television, all production, with the exception of news, is being outsourced. The CBC is evolving into a commissioner and distributor of content, instead of a creator. 

Then there are the self-inflicted wounds: the firing and subsequent criminal charges brought against former "Q" host Jian Ghomeshi, and the outcry over paid speaking engagements by CBC journalists. Outside, even those who care about the CBC are appalled. Its critics - and there are many - say it's time to turn out the lights. Inside, morale has never been lower. All of this is taking place against the backdrop of a technological revolution that is devastating traditional media around the world.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CBC president Hubert Lacroix Loved Ghomeshi

The future of the public broadcasting corporation in Canada is in trouble, according to CBC president Hubert Lacroix. He discussed his views of the industry and other recent controversies to Concordia’s Journalism department last Wednesday evening.

Following his presentation, Lacroix addressed the recent controversies surrounding the CBC, including the Jian Ghomeshi and Amanda Lang scandals.

On his relationship with Ghomeshi, the President said he “loved him” and connected him with as many people as he could within the CBC and Radio-Canada. Due to “legal issues,” his comments about the allegations were limited.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Exposed - CBC has no strategy

CBC recently appeared before a Senate Committee examining its future and demonstrated that it has no real strategy for the future.

Instead of a strategy, CBC has an agenda. The agenda is to shrink the CBC. Before he became president of CBC, Hubert Lacroix, told Parliament it was his job to find new sources of revenue but after taking the job he said CBC doesn't need more money.

This month CBC submitted a document to the Committee and a 90-page slide presentation that contained contradictions, errors and misleading information.

Read the full story.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Exposed - CBC Double Standard

Charlie Hebdo And Cartoons Of Mohammad Showcase The CBC’s Double Standards.

You won’t believe the disgusting comments made by the CBC as to why Piss Christ is fair game but pictures of Mohammad are off limits.

The CBC lied. As the pic above indicates (see original story link at bottom) they have shown Piss Christ on more than one occasion, as in this article:

“French museum reopens after crucifix art attacked”

Crucifix art they call it.

I wonder if Muppet Mohammed would get Strombo coverage?

How about Violent Christ on CBC Music? Merry Christmas Bitches?

Even Youtube initially removed this vid but not CBC.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CBC Reporter Accused of Gross Misrepresentation

Israeli Journalist: CBC Reporter’s Tweet was “Gross Misrepresentation” of my Analysis

CBC’s Mideast Bureau Chief Sasa Petricic has been accused by Haaretz journalist Anshel Pfeffer of issuing a tweet that he claimed was a “gross misrepresentation” of his analysis of what gave Benjamin Netanyahu his election victory.

Petricic had Tweeted on March 18 that a “‘Racist ploy’ credited w giving #Netanyahu surprising win” citing Pfeffer’s “good analysis” of the Israeli elections and Pfeffer retorted that there were many other reasons for Netanyahu’s victory, not just the alleged “racist” ploys.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Exposed - CBC Story Bizarre Conspiracy Theory

Government Calls Neil Macdonald Israel Boycott Story a “Bizarre Conspiracy Theory”

Writing on the CBC’s website today, Neil Macdonald, a reporter whose animus against Israel is well known (see his top 10 journalistic transgressions here, and more here, here, & here) published an article with the following inflammatory and inaccurate headline:

"Ottawa cites hate crime laws when asked about its 'zero tolerance' for Israel boycotters"

In an HRC complaint sent this morning to Marissa Nelson, Managing Director of CBC.ca, we asked if CBC can prove that the Federal Government has “threatened” hate crimes charges against boycott Israel advocates? Can the CBC even cite one such example? The article itself does not contain anything to substantiate this charge except conjecture and Mr. Macdonald’s deductive reasoning, along with his forming conclusions based on some statements made by senior officials like Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and his spokespersons.

In fact, Mr. Macdonald only says that “The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel.” This may or may not be the case, but there’s a marked difference between signalling intentions and claiming outright that the government has already “threatened” those who boycott Israel.

Meanwhile, another CBC article’s headline related to this report was amended from: “McMaster students who boycott Israel among those who could face hate crime charges” to “Are McMaster’s Israel boycott advocates among those who could face hate crime charges?” CBC adroitly changed the headline from a claim to a question and never did publicly disclose that the headline had been amended, a violation of CBC standards. The same violation occurred in the CBC’s failure to publicly acknowledge it edited its original inflammatory headline to Macdonald’s article. As well, contrary to CBC standards this report likely should have been identified as “analysis” but was not.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 11, 2015

CBC Amanda Lang Sabotages Colleague

Multiple sources within CBC News have revealed to CANADALAND, under condition of anonymity, a shocking campaign Amanda Lang undertook in 2013 to sabotage a major story reported by her colleague, investigative reporter Kathy Tomlinson.

Amanda Lang lobbied aggressively within the CBC to undermine Kathy Tomlinson’s reporting on the temporary foreign worker scandal at RBC, the largest financial institution in the country and a bank that has sponsored Lang's speeches or events where Lang spoke at least six times for fees up to $15,000 per event.

As you'll read in detail below, it's just as bad as it sounds: Lang didn't just align her own journalism in the interests of a corporate sponsor. She also meddled with the work of her colleagues.

Read the full story.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Exposed - What CBC employees are saying about latest layoffs

On the same day as the release of a long-awaited report from an internal investigation into the CBC's handling of the Jian Ghomeshi case, the public broadcaster delivered 244 pink slips to its newsrooms across the country. As other outlets have noted, the timing makes it difficult not to see the former as a distraction from the latter.

 On social media, however, audiences and employees have been diligent in being vocal about how much these cuts will be felt nation-wide. As longtime independent broadcaster, writer and CBC contributor Tina Pittaway noted last night: "It's amazing when I see what CBC staff are tweeting - all stuff I agree with, but that I'd be terrified to tweet as a long-time freelancer."

 Here's what CBC employees had to say about the latest round of layoffs, which now brings the cut total to 1,400 in the past year:

Click here.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Multimillion-dollar damage award against CBC

Supreme Court of Canada upholds multimillion-dollar damage award to researcher libeled in TV documentary on CCBs

A cardiovascular researcher at the Ottawa Heart Institute (Ontario, Canada) says he feels vindicated and relieved after a Supreme Court of Canada decision upheld an April 2000 lower court ruling that awarded him more than 1 million US dollars in damages, legal fees, and interest.

"For quite a few weeks, I didn't know how to walk around because I felt quite a bit lighter," Dr Frans Leenen (Ottawa Heart Institute) told heartwire . "It is such a relief for this to be all over and done with, finally."

Leenen and Dr Martin Myers (Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON) had brought a libel suit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) after a 1996 documentary portrayed the two men as endangering the lives of heart patients by prescribing the short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB), nifedipine (Procardia® - Pfizer). Last month, the Court denied the CBC leave to appeal a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal of June 12, 2001, which upheld the original trial judgment by Judge Douglas Cunningham. In his ruling, Cunningham called the CBC's "The Fifth Estate" program in question, "sensational journalism of the worst sort" that "should serve as an embarrassment to this so-called 'flagship' investigative program."

Read the full story.

CBC President Hubert Lacroix - Huge Salary, Chauffeur and Expense Accounts

Not only do we give CBC CEO Hubert Lacroix a very nice salary somewhere between $358,400 and $421,600, he also gets his own $34,000 – $56,500 paid chauffeur on our dime.

On top of his salary, Lacroix expensed just under $30,000 last year adding to the total of $180,000 in expenses since 2008.

Also: See earlier post of Lacroix buying a$240 sandwich lunch for two ...

See the full story.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix Defends culture at CBC

The head of Canada’s public broadcaster defended his staff, their journalism and the culture of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Tuesday during what was at times a tense atmosphere in the Senate committee hearing.

Hubert Lacroix, the broadcaster’s president, largely avoided providing details of the CBC probe under way into harassment allegations in the Jian Ghomeshi affair. Questions about this from senators were largely ruled out of order by the committee’s chairman, though there were testy exchanges between committee members and Mr. Lacroix.

He did not respond to comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday, charging most workers at Radio-Canada detested conservative values.

Mr. Lacroix simply said executives at the CBC ensured journalistic values of “impartiality” and “integrity” were “present in the way we deliver our news.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

CBC 2020 Strategy Is Outsourcing

News has broken that by this time next year, CBC will have shortened all of its regional, supper-hour newscasts from 90-minutes to either 30 or 60 minutes. CBC News’s general manager and editor in chief, Jennifer McGuire, puts a positive spin on it, saying the changes aren’t about reducing the length of televised news, but rather, “changing how we serve the audience.” Their aim is to spread content out over the day, and across different media sources, instead of presenting the news exclusively in one big lump, at suppertime, on TV.

 Their thoughts on the matter seem to boil down to observations that TV viewership is declining while news uptake online and on mobile devices is on the rise. So they intend to shift their focus from TV and radio, to web and mobile services.  It’s being dubbed the “2020 Strategy,” not for its vision, but for its projected completion date.

Part of the strategy entails producing less televised news and less in-house TV programs and documentaries, to allow for more resources for the delivery on online news. This means that the work involved in producing documentaries and programs will now be outsourced to independent filmmakers – which will cut the CBC’s workforce by about 20%. CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix argues that, “To be the public broadcaster, we don’t need to be always the producer.”

It was revealed earlier this year that funding shortfalls and revenue losses led CBC/Radio-Canada to cut $130 million from this year’s budget, forcing 657 job cuts and taking the network out of competition for the rights to broadcast professional sports. So the funding cuts and diminishing ad revenue go hand in hand. CBC’s 2020 strategy will leave the broadcaster with 1,000 to 1,500 fewer employees, on top of the 657 job cuts already announced in April.

Read the full story.

Monday, May 04, 2015

CBC Pension Deficit Almost One Billion Dollars

The federal government recently announced cuts to the CBC budget of $27.8 million this year increasing to $115 million by 2014-15. The CBC budget for 2011 was $1.1 billion.

These cuts, however, pale in comparison to the costs of propping up the CBC’s pension plan. How will it fund its current pension solvency deficit of $801 million (2010) up from $382 million the previous year?

In 2010, CBC employees contributed $26.9 million to their pensions, but $51.2 million was added by taxpayers. While the split is supposed to be 50/50, CBC has chosen to ask taxpayers to fund the deficit without asking employees to contribute more.

Much of CBC’s pension problem can be attributed to a highly-controversial decision to allow “retroactive” pensions to employees who previously did not qualify for them. Under a program called “buy-backs,” starting in the early 2000s, members of the ACTRA union were allowed to purchase pension credits in the CBC plan, triggering a lucrative – but underfunded – guaranteed pension.

Read the full story here.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Exposed - CBC cuts 17 per cent of workforce

More than 1,500 jobs have been eliminated so far this year, or 17 per cent of the CBC's workforce.

The CBC is laying off more of its employees, the public broadcaster reports, adding to the growing list of layoffs earlier this year.

According to the Canadian Media Guild, 241 positions were eliminated.

With the latest notice, more than 1,500 jobs have been cut so far this year, or 17 per cent of the CBC’s workforce.

The cuts were made nationally, the Guild said, impacting a large number of videographer positions in regional stations.

Read the full story.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CBC Peter Mansbridge better watch out

Peter Mansbridge better watch his wrinkled ass.

Oregon’s notorious Library Girl, Kendra Sunderland, is in talks with Toronto-based Naked News web network.

She’s a natural TV reporter, producer Lucas Tyler tells me. “Calm, cool and relaxed. There’s a lot of potential there.”

Clearly, Kendra has a lot to learn about TV journalists. They favour lattes at Starbucks.

But, hey, she’s a rookie. Walter Cronkite, Lloyd Robertson, Knowlton Nash, they all had to learn — and they didn’t even had to struggle with buttons.

She’s just not 100% confident in her own skin yet and her posture is a bit off. But she’s hit the ground running.”

Shoot for the moon, Kendra. Bad posture never hurt Peter Mansbridge.

Read the full story.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Exposed - Alberta Hardest Hit by Latest CBC Cuts

The latest round of CBC layoffs will eliminate 23 positions in Manitoba, the Canadian Media Guild's local president said Friday.

The public broadcaster announced Thursday that 241 positions were being cut across the country, bringing total job losses at the CBC to 1,400 in the past year.

Among western provinces, Alberta was hardest hit by Thursday's announcement -- the cuts there included the layoffs of eight camera operators in Calgary and another nine videographers in Edmonton.

Last year, CBC president and CEO Hubert Lacroix unveiled a five-year plan that will see the broadcaster trim one-quarter of its workforce by 2020.

Read the full story.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

CBC creates libel chill for most Canadians

In short, CBC destroyed the life the Leenens had known.

When the case went to trial the evidence overwhelmingly showed that CBC left out key information, distorted the views offered up by Dr. Frans Leenen and had generally worked at making the interviews fit the story they had decided on before the project even began.

The evidence taken together resulted in condemnation from the bench through a strongly worded judgment from Justice Cunningham.

That judgment against CBC, handed down on April 20, 2000, also came with the largest penalty ever imposed on any Canadian media company - $950,000 plus costs.

CBC could have settled for 1% of that penalty and paid substantially lower legal costs if they had only been willing to say they were sorry back in 1996.

"Launching a libel action of this sort against the CBC involves enormous financial risk requiring monetary resources beyond the reach of most Canadians," Leenen said after the Supreme Court denied CBC's attempt to overturn Justice Cunningham's ruling.

"Even as an established professional, I could not have done it without the financial and moral support of my wife Mindy and her family. I risked personal bankruptcy to clear my name. By defending the indefensible all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada, the CBC creates libel chill for most Canadians, and not the media."

Read the full story.

Monday, April 27, 2015

CBC Ombud Upholds Complaint Against CBC Mideast Bureau Chief

CBC Ombud Upholds HRC Complaint; Israeli PM Did Offer Alternative To Iran Nuclear Deal

CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin has upheld an HRC complaint finding that CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Derek Stoffel failed to explain that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu did offer alternatives to the emerging nuclear deal with Iran in his speech to the U.S. Congress.

According to Enkin’s April 13 review, the reporting “was not clear in its use of language” and was “too ambiguous”. Enkin said: “There either should have been attribution – that some observers, including the president of the United States, did not consider there had been any alternatives presented – or a clarification that the Israeli prime minister considered his proposals an alternative to any negotiated deal with Iran he could envision. (At the time of the speech no deal had been announced yet.)”

See the complete story, complain and review here.

Friday, April 24, 2015

CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Tweet Must Be Challenged

On Israel Independence Day no less, CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Sasa Petricic issued the following tweet which implicitly drew a moral equivalence between ISIS terrorists and foreign recruits to Israel’s armed forces.

Comparing ISIS’ recruitment from abroad, with a democratic country’s obligation to protect its citizenry from threats by internationally-designated terror groups is beyond the pale.

As well, in March Petricic was accused by Haaretz journalist Anshel Pfeffer of having issued a tweet that he claimed was a “gross misrepresentation” of his analysis of what gave Benjamin Netanyahu his election victory.

 Today’s tweet, however, should be viewed as the straw that broke the camel’s back. Petricic’s implicit drawing of a moral equivalence between ISIS terrorists and foreign recruits to Israel’s armed forces must be challenged.

See the tweet and read the full story here.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Exposed - Management Failure at 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

Management Failure at the CBC

Recently, the CBC conducted a search for a new General Manager of Programming. The newly-minted (2014) CBC English TV Head, Heather Conway, (a very nice industrial relations major with little or no prior experience working with a broadcaster) went out of her way to try to make the hiring process appear fair by hiring a private sector head-hunting firm to assemble a list of potential candidates for the job. 

After having searched all across Canada and around the world, surprise! Long-time CBC insider Sally Catto got the job. The fix was in from the start, and putting the job out to public tender, merely a pretence of ‘fairness’ on Conway’s part. At least Stursberg didn`t pretend.

What Conway might have done, before going back to the ‘old CBC’ way of doing things, was to advertise the job in good faith, rather than just for show. She could have dared to hire someone from outside the organization. Sending a message that it’s no longer business as usual at the CBC, no longer CBC insiders hiring CBC insiders. Unfortunately, all those recent CBC firings will use up a lot of her newcomer`s goodwill. So she needs to keep her co-managers onside. She also needs them because what does she know about how to run a broadcaster?

The question is: what will Conway do about internal malfeasance in her department? Will she adopt the CBC habit of turning a blind eye to her colleagues’ transgressions in order to retain a star executive - in order to ingratiate herself with her staff? Will she even try to put an end to the self-serving rule of CBC-insider culture? How will she address the conflict of interest surrounding Catto, Fraser, Platt and Moss? Will she go into damage control and try to cover it up?

Or will she act in the interests of Canadian taxpayers, and begin the unpleasant job of rooting out the bad apples and giving them the heave ho? Can Heather Conway be counted on to bring meaningful reform to the CBC? Or will she keep her head down to give herself a lighter ride?


CBC corporate culture is suffocating our national network under mediocre leadership at a time when innovative, exemplary leadership is needed. Wouldn`t someone (anyone) with demonstrated private sector broadcast industry talent have been a better choice than Catto, Conway or Lacroix? Someone with a background which is actually suited to the job requirements - rather than a proven follower who was never a filmmaker, programmer, or broadcaster to begin with. Someone capable of revitalizing and leading the broadcaster out of the wilderness.

In the private sector, a corrupt, biased, or mediocre manager is eventually shown the door. At the CBC, they get a promotion and a pay raise. But in times of crisis, a true management turn-around artist is required. How will the CBC get rid of the dead wood to make room for superior talent when the union rulebook makes it so difficult to fire non-performing ‘lifers’? The CBC needs fresh talent drawn from outside the CBC ranks, not internal reshuffling of the same marginal lights who led this spectacularly unresponsive network into its current moribund state.

Sadly, the Conway hire and Catto`s promotion tell us it’s `back to business as usual` at the Mothercorp. No more ‘outside hires’ at the Spoke Club. But a great day for Angus Fraser’s company Gangof2 Productions! With Sally Catto in charge of programming, perhaps one of her husband’s series - one of the 5 that her drama department funded - will now get a production order. The optics may be disgusting, but if her predecessor could get away with it, why can`t she?

The whistle may be screaming, but does anyone in Ottawa notice or care? At today’s CBC - where unqualified insiders with union seniority hire unqualified friends of friends, led by a marginally qualified CEO hired by patronage appointment, who hired a new Head of Programming with no programming or producing experience, under a new head of English TV with no prior experience in broadcasting. On top of this add the burden of a rigid union hierarchy preserving the status quo - is it any wonder that, with the exception of The Mercer Report and Hockey Night in Canada, so few Canadians tune in to the CBC?

Wouldn`t the CBC be a better place if CBC insiders loosened their death-grip on the wheel and allowed a new group of people – possibly with a more professional and less partisan philosophy - to run the show for a while?


Before our segment runs out of time, a few final questions for the CBC Ombudsman, The Public Service Integrity Commissioner, The Minister of Heritage, The Privy Council, and the PM’s office: Does everyone agree that the CBC Board of Directors - in order to restore confidence in the Code of Conduct – must mete out consequences to its CBC violators, whatever their status may be?

Will Hubert Lacroix, Heather Conway, and the CBC Board of Directors turn a blind eye, just as CBC management did to the Jian Ghomeshi complaints for so many years? Will they call for an investigation into CBC conflict of interest and code of conduct violations? A Senate Committee perhaps?

How about a clause in the Broadcast Act and Code of Conduct that says spouses of CBC employees cannot be awarded contracts while their CBC-insider partners and spouses are working for the network?

Most important of all:

  • Who will enforce the CBC Codes of Conduct and Conflict of Interest guidelines?

Surely not Hubert Lacroix, Sally Catto, Kirsten Layfield-Stewart, or Phyllis Platt.

They are CBC family.

But for the rest of us, the CBC’s incompetence, corruption and lack of accountability is just another public sector horror show in desperate need of an ending.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Brian Lilley Challenges CBC President Hubert Lacroix

Every corporate culture takes its cues from the top.

At the top of the CBC sits Hubert Lacroix.

Maybe this situation could have been dealt with sooner if he wasn’t so arrogant.

Back in 2013, based on a tip, I filed a FOI request about sexual harassment at the CBC.

One of the documents quoted a staffer as saying, “There are too many cases. I’m getting them mixed up in my mind.”

At the time, Lacroix waved off my findings and accused me of hunting up “innuendo.”

Is it realistic to think that this same man will finally clean up the CBC’s corrupt culture?

Read the full story.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CBC President Hubert Lacroix Apologizes Again

The Janice Rubin report into the Jian Ghomeshi affair released last week confirmed the CBC failed to deal with "behaviour that was disrespectful, including behaviour that is considered to create an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment."

In response, president and chief executive Hubert Lacroix apologized to Canadians for this massive lapse in professional conduct.

Thanks for the peace offering, but we're still on the fence about whether or not to accept the mea culpa. After all, the report suggests broader attitudes at the broadcaster contributed to this atmosphere.

Canadians shell out $1 billion a year for this operation. They deserve better.

We wouldn't accept this culture from a regular government office. The CBC should be treated no differently.

Read the full story.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Exposed - CBC management condoned Ghomeshi behaviour

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced it had severed ties with two executives implicated in the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, as it released a damning third-party report into workplace harassment and abuse by the former star radio host.

The public broadcaster told staff Thursday that Chris Boyce, the executive director of radio and audio, and Todd Spencer, the executive director of human resources and industrial relations, who had been on leaves of absence since early January, were “no longer with the corporation.”

The announcement came moments before the release of a report by employment law firm Rubin Thomlinson that painted Mr. Ghomeshi as a co-worker who “consistently breached the behavourial standard” of CBC by yelling at, belittling and humiliating others.

“Management knew or ought to have known of this behaviour and conduct and failed to take steps required of it in accordance with its own policies to ensure that the workplace was free from disrespectful and abusive conduct,” the report says. “It is our conclusion that CBC management condoned this behaviour.”

Read the full story.

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.

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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



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.


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



[4] Angus Fraser is married to Sally Catto.

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