It's 2018 and cbcExposed continues to hear from confidential sources inside the CBC about CBC management snooping on its employees, company waste, low employee morale, huge salaries and benefits for the President and other senior management, gender bias and other scandals and we will continue to expose their reports on our blog while we protect our sources. We take joy in knowing that the CBC-HQ visits us daily to spy on us and read our stories such as news bias, waste, the CBC Sunshine List, ongoing scandals including the epic Dr. Leenen case against The Fifth Estate (the largest libel legal case ever awarded against the media in Canadian history) where no one at CBC was fired and taxpayers paid the award and legal costs for this CBC Libel action. Writers and filmmakers take note-this is a Perfect story for an award winning Documentary!

cbcExposed continues to enjoy substantial visitors coming from Universities and Colleges across Canada who use us for research in debates, exams, etc.

We ask students to please join with us in this mission; you have the power to make a difference! And so can private broadcasters who we know are hurting from the dwindling Advertising revenue pool and the CBC taking money from that pool while also unfairly getting Tax subsidies money. It's time to stop being silent and start speaking up Bell Media-CTV, Shaw-Global, Rogers, etc.

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

The CBC network’s ratings continue to plummet while their costs and our tax- payer subsidies continue to go up! In 2018 what case can be made for the Government to be in the broadcasting business, competing unfairly with the private sector? The CBC receives advertising and cable/satellite fees-fees greater than CTV and Global but this is not enough for the greedy CBC who also receive more than a billion dollars of your tax money every year. That’s about $100,000,000 (yes, 100 MILLION) of our taxes every 30 days with no CBC accountability to taxpayers as they continue with their biased news service serving only the extreme socialists and anti-Semitics. Wake up Canada!

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

Friday, December 29, 2017

CBC BOD's get $2000 a day to attend meetings ...

What is the compensation for CBC/Radio-Canada’s Board members?
The remuneration of the Chair of the Board and the President and CEO are in accordance with the terms of the Order-in-Council appointing them. The President and CEO receives his annual salary, while the Chair of the Board receives an annual retainer (from $14,500 to $17,100) and per diem fee (from $565 to $665) for meetings, travel time, and special executive, analytical or representational responsibilities.
The current remuneration scheme for the other members of the Board of Directors is:
MeetingsBoard of DirectorsAudit CommitteeOther Committees
Regular (in person) MeetingsAttendance in personFor the first 6 regular meeting days:
$2,000/day
For the first 6 regular meeting days:
$1,300/day for members
$1,550 for the Chair
For the first 4 regular meeting days:
$1,000/day for members
$1,250 for the Chair
Thereafter: $625/dayThereafter: $625/dayThereafter: $625/day
Participation by telephone$625/day or
$312.50/half-day
$250/day$250/day
Conference Call Meetings$250/day$250/day$250/day

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hubert Lacroix thinks the CBC's business model is broken ...

Carol Off: Mr. Lacroix, you say that that the business model and policy framework of CBC is profoundly and irrevocably broken. What exactly is broken?

Hubert Lacroix: Broken means that even if the current federal government has reinvested $75 million for the first year and $150 million for the next four, those dollars do not allow us, over time, to actually fix the issues that are about ensuring that we can continue giving services to Canadians, as Canadians expect. We're not the only ones to feel that way. Every other conventional broadcaster feels the difficulty of ad revenues moving and of the digital transformation that we're all coping with.

Read the full interview here.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CBC behaves like a ruthless media company

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Fifth Estate’s obsession with Kennedy fantasies

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

The broadcast was produced by Brian McKenna, a veteran CBC documentary filmmaker who has authored no less than six on the topic for the Fifth Estate. The highly-decorated newsman’s many awards include a 2010 Pioneer Award from JFK Lancer, a Texas-based organization that conducts research and hold conferences in support of its fervent belief that the U.S. government has conspired for over half a century to hide the truth from the world. McKenna was honoured for his “lifetime of searching for the truth” about who killed JFK.

The Fifth Estate’s November 17th broadcast recycles footage from an earlier documentary they broadcast – also a McKenna effort – from 1983. That production, titled “Who Killed JFK?” revived several well-debunked conspiracy theories including: Lee Harvey Oswald was a poor marksman; there were only 5.6 seconds between the shots fired; no single gunman could achieve such a feat; the bullet found to have struck both Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally traversed an impossible trajectory; and the fatal head shot came from the front.

None of these claims were true then, or now.

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

Read the full story here.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Discussing CBC’s new strategic plan

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.

Journalist Jesse Brown managed to get his hands on some of the internal documents the CBC to sell the change to its employees. Brown calls the contents of those documents “a smokescreen of digital futurism bafflegab” full of “mendacious, obfuscatory doublespeak,” all of which, he says, has caused CBC’s work atmosphere to “hit a new low.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The CBC was grossly inaccurate

"Pure," the new CBC Television drama about drug-smuggling Mennonites that premièred this week, is a little bit like the cocaine that is at the centre of the story: It's seductively thrilling, and it's bad for you.

Toronto-based critics have raved about the gorgeous cinematography and fine acting. All true.

But the show — which is seen as a Mennonite version of the American hit series "Breaking Bad" — has also profoundly upset people who actually know something about this small, distinctive and vulnerable subculture.

They say the CBC was grossly inaccurate in its portrayal, and has engaged in hurtful stereotyping.

"There's a lot of misrepresentation," said Marlene Epp, who teaches Mennonite history and is also dean at Conrad Grebel University College at University of Waterloo.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CBC Bet $80 Million and Lost

CBC TV has struggled ever since it lost NHL hockey to Rogers in 2013. Sports, especially hockey, have always been the CBC's fallback programming strategy and when Rogers swooped in and paid billions for the NHL, the dazed CBC responded like a concussed defenceman. To compensate, CBC acquired the rights to the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympics and even before the 2016 games were in the books, the public broadcaster agreed to pay the IOC until 2024.

CBC management said that the Olympics would "break even" or "make a small profit" and that the decision was "fiscally responsible."

Did CBC make a good business decision for taxpayers, its 'shareholders'? Did the games break even or make a profit? CRTC data on CBC ad revenues show that the Olympics had a relatively modest impact on revenues in 2016. CBC English increased revenues by some $45 million in 2016 and the French network had basically no increase. So, overall, in 2016 the Olympics cost the CBC $80 million and generated incremental revenues of only about $45 million, creating a net loss of some $35 million.

Read the full story here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

CBC faces a storm of criticism

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has submitted a proposal to the federal government requesting $318 million in additional funding in order to allow the public broadcaster to move to an ad-free model.

The CBC says the $318 million figure it is requesting will act as a “replacement” if the broadcaster were to eliminate advertising, noting it would require $253 million to make up for ad revenue and $105 million to produce content to fill the gaps in air time left open free of ads. Going ad-free would also save $40 million that would otherwise be spent selling ads.

The public broadcaster has faced a storm of criticism in recent months from executives of private newspaper companies testifying before a panel of MPs studying the future of media in Canada. Those critics have argued that, while the CBC is the the recipient of a five-year, $675 million increase in funding from the federal government in addition to its annual $1 billion largesse, its digital operations have taken away potential ad revenue from struggling private competitors.

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 15, 2017

CBC Radio’s flagship arts and culture show q is getting a reboot

The public broadcaster is replacing Shad (aka Shadrach Kabango) 16 months after the Juno-winning rapper joined the program. He will sign off on Tuesday, August 16 and be succeeded by CBC Radio 2 morning host Tom Power in October.

Shad took over at q after the CBC fired former host Jian Ghomeshi amidst a sexual assault scandal in 2014.

The rapper had no broadcasting experience when he joined the q and was criticized in the press as a bland interviewer. According to the CBC, the show’s ratings have dropped from a high point of 282,000 listeners in 2014 to 168,000 in June 2016.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

CBC’s innovative enterprise in question

The succession to the Peter Mansbridge era on CBC’s The National gambles on a multi-host show of far fewer stories and far more discussion with reporters. It is far too early to pronounce, but nothing about Monday night was sufficiently inventive to enhance the brand or attract a much-needed audience.

Much is at stake: not so much its public appropriation of $1.1 billion (at least under this government) as much as its place in the public sphere as a television network transforming to digital.

Where radio forms its backbone and truest connection to the country, with few exceptions the TV network largely struggles with ratings. The nightly newscast – while considered the journalistic standard-bearer in Canada – has for nearly two decades now finished well behind CTV’s.

Mansbridge announced his departure a year ago, the network has had at least that time to research and implement a more innovative format to regenerate its audience, but there was nothing Monday to demonstrate a dramatic rethink.

It begs the question: Is the format no longer adaptable? Or even worse: Is CBC no longer adaptable?

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CBC's new baking show missing ingredients

It's getting fierce wintry in this neck of the woods. Overcoats are being worn in the streets. The trees resemble Canadian cultural policy – pretty colours to look at, then lifeless. Soon, the clocks will go back and people will be, you know, "SAD."

We ask, with good reason I think, what our national broadcaster is doing to help.

The Great Canadian Baking Show (Wednesday, CBC, 8 p.m. ET) is what it's doing. It's the much-hyped local version of The Great British Bake Off, obviously.

The CBC version is very much a literal, copycat iteration.

There is a lot to mock in this overconceptualized, overly imitative show but, of course, the entire concoction rests upon the amateur bakers who compete.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CBC’s flagship newscast sat dead last

For most of its life, the CBC has operated on a bloated budget, hovering just under or just over, a billion-dollar yearly grant from Canadian taxpayers. Now Lacroix is whining for $400 million more if the CBC is not allowed to sell ads.

Now with the CBC’s umpteenth “makeover”, unveiled this week with the usual cringe-worthy narcissism, another thing is becoming crystal-clear: this moribund bureaucracy will never re-invent itself, no matter how many self-congratulatory infomercials it airs about its “edgy” new format.

For the week of July 10, the CBC’s flagship newscast sat dead last in the Big Three TV Ratings behind CTV National News (976,000) and Global National (686,000). The National had 621,000 viewers.

My take on this latest iteration? It looks to be four times as boring as the Mansbridge mumble-hour. Canada’s communications star chamber merely shuffled the deck chairs on the Titanic. The shop is as closed as ever.

Read the full story here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CBC managers close to deceitful about audience performance

CBC is like a crazy, old aunt, unwilling to accept the reality of her circumstances. In CBC's case it is the reality that its radio audience is comprised mostly of older Canadians. CBC senior managers have recently boasted about the record high audiences of CBC Radio. They gush over CBC Radio's audience share in speeches and public appearances, such as last month's appearance before a Senate Committee, but never acknowledge that loyal, senior citizen listeners are responsible for creating a mathematical illusion. Mark Twain would say there are lies, damn lies.

While CBC Radio is undoubtedly the jewel in CBC's crown and virtually a necessity for a large number of Canadians, managers have been close to deceitful about its audience performance. Why?

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Why four new anchors to replace Peter Mansbridge?

Peter Mansbridge's long goodbye has finally ended with the Crown-owned broadcaster replacing him with four, count 'em, four new anchors.

Four hosts addresses one of McGuire's major challenges: how do you bring a sense of renewal without risking the credibility of the brand.

In the past, CBC has invested big sums in making stars out of certain broadcasters—such as Jian Ghomeshi, Solomon, Rex Murphy, and Amanda Lang—who subsequently became the source of controversy over their off-air activities.

"I didn't want four different versions of the same person," Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief for CBC News, says on the CBC website.

By appointing four anchors, McGuire can easily dump any one of them should they find themselves the subject of unflattering stories in other media outlets. And the show will still go on.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

CBC Restructuring Attempt Complete Failure

Change doesn’t seem to come naturally to the cbc, whose strategies remain stuck in the twentieth century. For more than a decade, The National’s ratings have been stagnant, while Canadians’ trust in media has steadily declined. The ‘90s saw an attempt at restructuring the program: the format at the time was a twenty-two-minute-long news segment at the top of the hour and a current affairs program, The Journal, at the bottom. They combined it into an hour-long news and current affairs show, Primetime News. It was a complete failure. Mark Bulgutch, a former line-up editor for The National who was working on the program at the time, says he knew that the merger wasn’t going to work. “The cbc continues to try to find the right format; to find better formats; to find smarter formats,” Bulgutch says. “It turns its back on the audience at its own peril—when looking for new audiences you’ve got to be careful that you don’t turn off the one that you already have.” The National returned to its pre-merger version a year later, and has remained more or less the same ever since.

As Bulgutch points out, it’s not necessarily the structure of the program that needs updating; The National’s competitors have succeeded in spite of, or perhaps because of, their staid format. “ctv has done the same newscast for sixty years,” he says. “They have an average audience bigger than The National’s audience every night and they don’t do anything different than they did in 1965.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

CBC urged to present a balanced argument

B’nai Brith Canada is urging ICI Radio-Canada Première (the French-language counterpart of CBC/Radio-Canada) to present a balanced argument on the Arab-Israeli conflict after historian Shlomo Sand promoted falsehoods about the Jewish state that went unchallenged during its morning radio show Dessine-moi un dimanche.

In the segment, which aired on June 4, 2017 and focuses on the Six-Day War between Israel and the neighbouring armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, Sand presents his interpretation as what happened during the war. Rather than offering a multifaceted view on the controversial subject, at no time does radio host Franco Nuovo refer to Sand’s synopsis of the conflict as opinion.

Immediately following the broadcast, B’nai Brith received numerous complaints concerning the biased nature of the program. In a letter to CBC President Hubert Lacroix, Allan Adel, National Chair of B’nai Brith’s League for Human Rights, expresses B’nai Brith’s concern that CBC “is abusing Canadian taxpayers by producing segments which do not fairly represent a diversity of opinion.” Adel also sent a letter of complaint to the ICI Radio-Canada Première Ombudsman.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

CBC President Gives Himself Passing Grade

‘I think I passed’: CBC’s Hubert Lacroix reflects on his time as president.

Every president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation faces challenges, but Lacroix's tenure was unusually crisis-filled, from a series of budget and staff cuts (in 2009, 2012 and 2014, totalling about 1,900 jobs); the loss of the NHL broadcasting contract; the Ghomeshi scandal and the ensuing revelations of a toxic workplace culture designed to placate hosts; and a conflagration within the human-resources department which sparked a series of lawsuits by former employees.

Read the full story here.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Sue the CBC for constructive dismissal

There is nothing improper in news organizations promoting their editorial opinions or endorsing the party of their choice come election time. It is also fair game for publications to hire writers reflecting their editorial mandate and think tanks to hire those who share their vision.

But it is another matter to discipline or fire writers, editors or think-tank directors for merely expressing politically incorrect opinions or, even more worrying, for standing up for free speech and open debate, as we’ve seen recently at Write magazine, the CBC and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

If I were Steve Ladurantaye’s lawyer, I’d advise him to sue the CBC for constructive dismissal.

Steve Ladurantaye, until recently the managing editor at CBC’s The National, was removed from his position — demoted really — for tweeting. He had made it clear on Twitter that he thought it was unjust that Hal Niedzviecki, the editor of Write, the publication of the Writers’ Union of Canada, had to resign for defending “cultural appropriation.” If I were Ladurantaye’s lawyer, I’d advise him to sue for constructive dismissal.

Read the full story here.

Friday, December 01, 2017

CBC is supposed to fill the gaps

The CBC is a broadcaster with resources the likes of which most can only dream. It has bureaus in every province and territory. It has correspondents in virtually every Canadian ethnic and linguistic community. It has $1 billion in stable government funding and an extra $150 million per year to come.

In the right hands, this kind of wealth could be wielded in awesome, history-changing ways.

The whole point of giving taxpayer money to a broadcaster is so they're able to perform a service that wouldn't exist without government support.

This was the reason the proto-CBC Canadian Royal Broadcasting Commission was founded in the first place.

Private capital wasn't up to the task of sending radio into all corners of the world's second-largest landmass, so a government agency was struck to do it instead.

CBC is supposed to fill the gaps that regular broadcasters can't: getting news coverage to remote areas, backing years-long investigative projects, taking risks that just aren't possible for a programming director who has to answer to investors at the end of a quarter.

Instead, CBC acts as if it's just another fish in the Canadian media pool - albeit one that doesn't need to worry about ratings, debt or subscriber numbers.

This isn't just uncreative, it's predatory - and has the predictable effect of kneecapping CBC's non-subsidized competitors.

Read the full story here.