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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The problem: CBC is too secretive and misleading ...

The president of CBC published an article in Huffington Post recently asking Canadians for help in deciding CBC's future. Good idea but the plea received modest reader feedback; a few hundred people at most cared enough to comment or like the article. CBC also launched an unscientific survey on its web site to solicit public input but it has been met with criticism. Is it a sign that CBC has lost the public, that Canadians have stopped believing in and what CBC and its managers say?

For years CBC has claimed, critics would say whined, that it has suffered from underfunding. CBC does need more money just to keep providing existing programming but the arguments the CBC uses to defend current or increased funding have clearly not worked. Why? Is it deliberate or a faulty communications strategy?

CBC claims to be open, transparent and accountable for the $1 billion dollars in taxpayers' money it receives. The $1 billion is spent on English and French radio and TV and miscellaneous other services. If more funding is needed to serve Canadian audiences, especially in TV, CBC needs to be far more transparent about how it spends its money and explain more convincingly why more dollars are required. The problem: CBC is too secretive and misleading.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CBC wants to demand openness from government while practicing secrecy

CBC wants to demand openness from government while practicing secrecy.

Earlier this year it was revealed Lacroix had been double dipping for living and travel expenses to the tune of $30,000. He paid it back, but kept the matter secret until I submitted an access to information request to get to the bottom of the matter.

Even now Lacroix refuses to answer media questions on the matter, thinking himself above the mere politicians he sends his state-paid journalists out to hound.

This week Lacroix didn’t just insult me, he insulted taxpayers and Parliament. He should be called on the carpet for this. More than that, he should be fired.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 29, 2018

CBC Access To Information Battle

The CBC would be wise to "hike up the charm offensive" and "embrace disclosure" in its simmering battle over access to information, says HuffPost Canada's Ottawa Bureau Chief Althia Raj.

Raj joined CBC's At Issue panel on "The National" Thursday night and critiqued the public broadcaster's handling of the controversy. The corporation has been pitted against a House Of Commons committee, Canada's Information Commissioner and competitor Quebecor over whether it must release internal documents regarding its operations.

"Hubert Lacroix, the CBC President, is still as stubborn as he has always been about refusing to explain and give away anything on why the CBC is pursuing this agenda. I think it boggles the mind to most Canadians, and people who follow this at all, why CBC is fighting tooth and nail to have final say over what it excludes or not. If this was a government department everyone would be outraged," Raj said.

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 26, 2018

CBC spent $60k shredding documents

CBC President Hubert Lacroix’s travel expenses include hotel rooms that charge at least $100 more per night than similar hotels in the same area.  In 2011, he spent $30,000 on expenses including $242 for a lunch for two.

In CBC Exposed, Lilley notes that Sylvain Lafrance, the former CBC head of French services, dinged taxpayers for everything from $4,821 on flights that included a two-day stopover in Paris in 2008, to a $1.65 muffin in Ottawa. In 2009, Lafrance had lunch with a Liberal senator and billed the taxpayers $119.

On top of all of this, ten CBC executives split an $888,699 bonus in March of 2009, while the private sector was bleeding jobs as a result of the economic recession. More egregious expenses could likely be uncovered had the CBC not spent $59,160 on shredding documents in anticipation of the Access to Information Act being passed in 2006.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

CBC workplace is psychologically unhealthy

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

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

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

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wrongful dismissal suit filed against CBC

A former human resources executive for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has filed a wrongful dismissal suit against the broadcaster, alleging that senior HR staff conspired to fire her while she was on medical leave and that CEO Hubert Lacroix breached his duties in refusing to review the matter, according to court documents.

Serena Thadani-Anthony served as Executive Director of HR from January 2015 to December 2015 in an interim capacity, after her predecessor Todd Spencer was fired in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal. She previously served as senior director of HR.

In her statement of claim, Thadani-Anthony says that just prior to her promotion, she was approached by HR director Tanya Lafreniere to provide confidential feedback about the leadership style of Josée Girard, who was then vice-president of people and culture and Thadani-Antony’s boss. She says Lafreniere told her there had been complaints about Girard.

Thadani-Anthony alleges that Girard had previously been dismissive of her candidacy for the permanent position of executive director and, in October 2015, encouraged her, a longtime CBC employee, to leave the company.

Thadani-Anthony said she began suffering medical complications brought on by the stress of her work environment in December 2015. She went on medical leave for respiratory issues the following February.

While on medical leave, she alleges that Lafreniere made a complaint against her, related to their confidential meeting, shortly before resigning herself. According to the statement of claim, Lafreniere was passed over in favour of Thadani-Anthony, when the position of corporate director of HR became vacant.

It is alleged that Girard, who was the subject of that confidential meeting, then directed CBC HR staff to review Thadani-Anthony’s e-mails and correspondence in an attempt to uncover information that could be used to fire her.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CBC continues to spend millions on entirely forgettable sitcoms ...

The culturecrats who run the CBC and the Canadian content producers who live off it get their backs up whenever anyone dares suggest that the public broadcaster has not only outlived its original purpose, but may now be inflicting irreparable harm on the domestic private media landscape.

"We don't think that we compete," CBC/Radio-Canada president Hubert Lacroix insisted, incredulously, before the House of Commons Heritage committee last month. "There is nothing in the [Broadcasting Act] or in our mandate that prevents us from delivering these services to Canadians in the most effective way – on the contrary."

So change the mandate. The latter currently does not explicitly prevent the CBC from competing with private media. It should.

The English CBC continues to spend millions on entirely forgettable sitcoms, dramas and reality shows that exist primarily as a source of income for a small clique of Canadian producers and artists. If these were high-quality programs that filled a void left by private Canadian broadcasters, they might serve a purpose. But they don't. Besides, Canadians do not watch them, forcing an already bloated CBC to seek advertising revenue elsewhere.

Hence, the CBC's push into digital opinion content.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 22, 2018

CBC News continues disturbing trend ...

True to form and consistent with recent CBC journalistic infractions, CBC News.ca continued its disturbing trend of not labelling Palestinians as attackers in its headline coverage.

An article published today on the CBC News website carried the following misleading headline (emphasis added): “Palestinian man killed, another another arrested as Israel hunts for rabbi’s killer”.

As we’ve noted previously, readers view headlines 3:1 over the adjacent article. What this headline failed to mention is that the Palestinian man who was killed was a suspected terrorist, Israel claims, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tried to capture/arrest the suspect who was wanted for the murder of a Rabbi recently. The terrorist opened fire on arresting soldiers who returned fire killing the terrorist.

HRC Executive Director Mike Fegelman filed a complaint with CBC News asking that the headline be amended. We contend that the following headline would have been appropriate: “Palestinian assailant suspected of killing Israeli Rabbi killed, another arrested.”

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The current CBC board has failed ...

The current CBC board has failed the institution and, by extension, the Canadians it is intended to serve, in several important ways.

The first and most obvious failure of the CBC board has been its acquiescence to the ongoing erosion of CBC funding.

The second failure, which is related to the budget cuts, has been an acceptance of the flagrant commercialization of CBC programming. CBC is supposed to be a public broadcaster. It was created to serve citizens, not to sell commercial products or services, which the private sector can do quite well. Its mandate is to inform, entertain and enlighten Canadians, using predominantly Canadian programming, something that the market alone cannot achieve.

Read the full story here.

CBC president job posting re-opened

The independent committee tasked with selecting the new president and CEO of Canada’s public broadcaster has asked the federal government to re-open the posting for the job to look for qualified Canadians living abroad and to align the process with new rules on government job postings.

The CBC/Radio Canada position was re-advertised in the latest edition of the Canada Gazette, published last week, with a new deadline of January 29, 2018. The original deadline for applications was August 15, 2017 — after which the first job posting was taken down.

The move comes after the search to replace outgoing CBC president Hubert Lacroix failed to produce a successor by Dec. 31, 2017, when Lacroix was due to step down.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CBC TV Premium Subscription

The CBC also created a premium-level subscription service. For $4.99 per month, subscribers can watch all on-demand content without advertising. They also get live streams of the CBC News Network.

 A memo circulated to the Canadian press, and reported by the Financial Post, explained the rationale behind the decision:

“Many Canadians are getting more and more of their content from digital over-the-top services like Netflix. We need to ensure our audiences can get CBC in the same way.”

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What is CBC’s Place and Role in the Networked Media Universe

The question we debated was, “Is it time to pull the plug on the CBC?” I debated the question with James Baxter from iPolitics and Brian Lilley, a co-founder of Rebel Media and all about town commentator for various conservative-type talk shows, publications, etc.

The CBC is now a pygmy amongst giants. It’s share of the total media economy dropped from 5% in 1980s and early 1990s to less than half that amount today.

Based on revenues in Canada, Google is now bigger than the CBC, while Facebook is about half its size.

What also stands out is the extent to which a handful of companies stand at the apex of the internet and media landscape: Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw, Quebecor. Bell dominates with nearly 30% of all revenue, while the big five account for just under three-quarters of all revenue; that figure was 64% in 2000 and 60% in 1996.

While the CBC is the number 1 internet news source in Canada, it is crucial to stress that it does not dominate the internet news environment. People get their news from many internet news sources — old (e.g. CBC, Postmedia, Toronto Star, CTV) and new (e.g. iPolitics, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed), domestic and foreign (e.g. BBC, Yahoo!-ABC, the Guardian, New York Times).

So, the question still stands: should we pull the plug on the CBC?

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CBC - Good news, bad news ...

Good news! The CBC has discovered the internet. With an eye to the tens of thousands of “cord-cutters” who have been abandoning cable and satellite providers for online video, the corporation has begun streaming all of its live television services via an upgraded mobile and Apple TV app. More remarkably, it will offer a paid “premium” version: for $4.99 a month, subscribers will receive all of the regular app’s content ad-free, plus the CBC News Network feed in the bargain.

Bad news! While its online boffins may have embraced the open, unregulated, consumer-driven world of the internet, the CBC’s management is still wedded to the same old closed, regulatory, subsidy-driven model as before. In a submission to the CRTC, which is embarked on its latest attempt to divine the future of TV, the corporation calls for a tax on other streaming video services (hello, Netflix) and more subsidies for itself — in the name of a “level playing field.” (Oh, and new regulations that would somehow force providers to give greater prominence to Canadian content. Net neutrality? What’s that?)

The contrast between the two visions could not be more stark.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CBC’s growing dominance in the news business is dangerous ...

The federal government has said it won’t dump hundreds of millions of dollars into supporting new forms of journalism — and it probably would be unhealthy for it to do so, particularly when it’s already financing operations at the CBC. I’m not one of those who argues that the CBC should get out of local news gathering to leave space for others. My fear is that if the CBC’s news operations were to disappear, we would simply be bereft of any professional newsgathering in many parts of the country.

Yet I have to admit that the CBC’s growing dominance in the news business is dangerous in that it gives Canadians the illusion that there’s no shortage of journalism around, convincing them that they don’t have to worry and will never have to pay a cent to assure that independent journalistic voices survive and thrive.

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

CBC evening news ...

Every weeknight, as they sit down for supper, more than 100,000 Edmonton residents regularly tune in to Global’s 6 o’clock evening news. CBC struggles to reach a tenth of that number.

“Should we be in local news? And if we are in local news, should we do a 6 o’clock?” asks Johnny Michel, who oversees CBC’s English services in Alberta and B.C.

In 2013, the public broadcaster spent $1.1 billion on its TV operations, more than four times as much as the $273 million it spends on radio. That funding includes CBC’s 27 television stations, which range from major centres in Toronto and Montreal to farther-flung facilities such as Yellowknife; Moncton, N.B.; and Trois-Rivières, Que.

In the suppertime news ratings battle, both in major cities and across the country, CBC usually places a distant third to the two largest private TV broadcasters, CTV and Global.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CBC twisted Dr. Leenen’s words ...

In his book CBC Exposed, Brian Lilley casts a critical eye on the sacred cow of Canadian broadcasting, the CBC.

From the network’s ability to ruin lives through aggressive, and at times reckless, reporting to its many built-in biases, CBC Exposed uncovers stories many Canadians have never heard about the state broadcaster.

In this excerpt, exclusive to QMI Agency, Lilley tells the story of Dr. Fran Leenen, a respected cardiologist who saw his life changed forever by a single episode of CBC’s flagship news program, The Fifth Estate.

In trying to make the claim that Health Canada’s drug approval branch was approving medicines that never should have been used on patients, CBC twisted Dr. Leenen’s words to make him out to be an uncaring, bumbling fool of a doctor. He lost patients, friends and his reputation.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CBC downsizing work force

CBC’s “digital first” strategy is shifting the corporation away from television and radio production and toward a focus on original content for mobile devices, which doesn’t require big studios to create. It’s part of a strategy announced by president and chief executive officer Hubert Lacroix in 2015 that will also include downsizing the work force by about 25 per cent by 2020.

CBC estimates anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 jobs will be eliminated, mostly through retirements and attrition. The cuts are in addition to 657 jobs eliminated as a result of a $130-million funding cut announced in 2014.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Montreal's new CBC building ...

Ground was broken at the site of the Maison de Radio-Canada on Sunday morning (Oct 1st, 2017) at the same time CBC/Radio-Canada opened it doors to the public for Culture Days.

The building's design boasts lots of natural light, a four-storey atrium, a rooftop patio, and it will meet environmental and sustainable development standards equivalent to a LEED Silver certification.

The real estate developer Broccolini is in charge of building the new Maison de Radio-Canada, which will be at the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard and Papineau Avenue. The lot was previously a parking lot for the existing building.

The new building will have a reduced number of parking spots in order to encourage active transportation.

It is expected to be completed by January 2020.

Read the full story here.

Editor's question ... How much?

Monday, January 08, 2018

Employment lawyer calls out CBC management

After a five-month long investigation into the CBC's handling of the Jian Ghomeshi situation, and interviews with 99 people, but not the former radio host himself, employment lawyer Janice Rubin's report was released yesterday. And it was damning. It called out CBC management for failing to investigate reports of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace by the former host of Q.

The report says Mr. Ghomeshi's behaviour violated CBC standards, and led to "an intimidating, humiliating, hostile or offensive work environment." Ms Rubin said management knew - or should have known - about this behaviour and failed to follow its own policies "to ensure that the workplace was free from disrespectful and abusive conduct."

Read the full story here.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Albert Schultz CBC executive producer of TV comedy

He's been a leading figure in this country's arts scene, but Wednesday, four women filed four statements of claim against Albert Schultz, casting the actor and director in a very different light.

Albert Schultz has been a titan in Canada's theatre scene for more than three decades. Under his leadership, Soulpepper has grown into one of the most important theatre companies in the country. He has earned a long list of accolades, including a Gemini and the Order of Canada.

He's also an executive producer of the CBC TV comedy, Kim's Convenience, which had a successful theatrical run at Soulpepper before being adapted for television.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

CBC TV: Get cheap and cool

The relevant term is "re-imagine." Dreadful term. But let's go with it. CBC president Hubert Lacroix said CBC/Radio-Canada needs to "reimagine" itself in a shifting media universe and circumstance of reduced revenue from advertising and government support.

After the numbers are crunched, the layoffs decided and the cuts are cinched, it's CBC's main network English TV channel that is in the most need of reimagining.

The situation is dire. CBC TV is at a critical juncture, post-hockey and post-cuts. The loss of live pro sports will put CBC TV in a uniquely vulnerable position in the TV world – it won't have what now delivers high ratings, ad dollars and must-see buzz for other TV services. Live sports matter enormously in a fragmented TV landscape where broadcasters must worry about measuring and monetizing everything – DVR viewing, online viewing and viral videos. In this new reality the perception is that there is no substitute for the high of huge ratings that live sports deliver.

Pondering strategies for CBC TV is no longer an idle, futile game of complaint and finger-pointing. It's vital that CBC TV evolve, with mistakes and misfires along the way. It's a public broadcaster impoverished and beleaguered. But nobody needs a ton of money to be cool. And if CBC TV fails to acquire the cool factor, it will be too late to re-imagine anything.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Political Donations by CBC Board Members

POLITICAL DONATIONS BY CBC BOARD MEMBERS

Dec 29, 2017

Donation History:

 Term Ends20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Rémi Racine, ChairJun 2017$1,250 $1,100$1,600 $1,600$1,200$2,400$1,200$1,500$1,200
Hubert Lacroix, PresidentJan 2018$2,000          
Edward BoydJun 2020      $1,420$1,200$1,756.29$1,500$1,525
Harley FinkelsteinDec 2022           
Rob JefferyApr 2020       $400$500  
Marni LarkinJun 2017    $270$1,150     
René LégèreDec 2022           
Maureen McCawDec 2017$206.17          
Jennifer Moore RattrayFeb 2023           
Marlie OdenJul 2018 $586$1,072.50$1,500$367.40$1,100$1,860 $2,200  
François RoyFeb 2023$400  $400 $400     
Marie WilsonDec 2020           

 Contribution to the Conservaive Party or a Conservative candidate
 Contribution to the Liberal Party or a Liberal candidate
 Contribution to the NDP or an NDP candidate
 Contribution to the Bloc Quebecois or a BQ candidate


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