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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service to Rival Netflix

The CBC TV app, which Canadians can download for free as the broadcaster is taxpayer-funded, will enable 14 regional linear TV channels to stream live alongside new content being made available direct to consumers. Canadians will be able to watch full current episodes of CBC series like Schitt's Creek and Murdoch Mysteries, and complete seasons, on demand, with new episodes added daily.

And cord-cutters or on-the-go consumers can pay $4.99 a month for an ad-free, premium version of the latest CBC TV app, which includes live-streaming of the CBC News Network.

The number of Canadian households cutting back on their cable subscription expenditures, or ditching traditional cable TV altogether, is gathering pace as Netflix, Amazon Prime and other U.S. digital platforms continue to make deep inroads into the Canadian market.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CBC's "unfair" presence in media markets

From its inception nearly a century ago, the CBC has been the object of animosity among private for-profit broadcasters, who resent competition in the market for audiences and advertisers from a publicly-subsidized service.

These days the complaints of unfair competition extend to newspaper publishers, who are desperately trying to reinvent themselves as digital services, scrambling to catch up with the migration of their advertisers to the internet.

The solution to the CBC's "unfair" presence in media markets, one often proposed by the private media industries and their political supporters, is to either dismantle or privatize the public broadcaster by withdrawing its subsidies.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

CBC creates a distortion in the news market

By providing content that appears to be free, the CBC creates a distortion in the news market. It may seem like a fair fight to the naked eye, but private industry actually has to compete with its arms held behind its back. Subscriptions, paywalls, and other strategies to monetize online news consumption compete for audience and advertisers not only with other private-sector news services, but also with the publicly funded CBC news service.

The solution to this problem will not be found in universal subsidies, which would simply create many CBCs. Rather, the answer is in reforming the existing public institution. The Mother Corp. should not be continually boosting its output of “free” digital media in competition with print, radio, and television outlets. In exchange for its state funds, the CBC’s mandate should be limited to programs and initiatives of public value that the market cannot serve, whatever those might be.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 26, 2018

New CBC new strategy that could equal the 1992 viewership disaster

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

CBC has announced a new strategy that could equal the 1992 disaster of moving The National. CBC is making Internet services the top priority and CBC TV the lowest. Radio, too, will be less important than Internet services.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Call to cut off digital revenue to CBC

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

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

"Free cbc.ca of the need to 'attract eyeballs' for digital advertising, which can run contrary to its civic-function mission and draw it into a 'clickbait' mentality," the report states.

As things stand now, the CBC generates about $25 million in annual digital revenue, according to the report.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Double dipping at the CBC

Evan Solomon is the latest tall poppy to be lopped off at Canada’s public broadcaster, following allegations he used his position as a TV host to broker lucrative art deals.

That has journalism ethics experts shaking their heads.

“There doesn’t seem to be a very clear understanding of conflict of interest,” said Carleton University journalism professor Chris Waddell, a former CBC News producer and parliamentary bureau chief.

Solomon was let go after a Toronto Star investigation revealed he’d brokered the sale of artworks between collector Bruce Bailey and such powerful figures as former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) co-founder Jim Balsillie. In a written apology on Tuesday night, Solomon said he did not consider his art business a conflict with his journalism.

The CBC has faced increased scrutiny following the criticism that several high-profile hosts, including The National‘s Peter Mansbridge, business reporter Amanda Lang and Cross Country Checkup host Rex Murphy were blurring ethical lines by accepting fees for paid appearances.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time to reform the CBC for the digital age

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.

We simply do not have a digital ecosystem in waiting that will be able to replace, at scale, the reckoning that is looming in the traditional media space.

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.

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. At a time when Canadian civic journalism is both in decline and needed most, Canadians should expect our national broadcaster to be able to work with, rather than compete against, Canadian journalism. Moving to a Creative Commons model would be a big step in this transition.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Average CBC online visitor only spends 35 minutes per month

The CBC launched its “Strategy 2020″ initiative three years ago, making digital the pubcaster’s top area of investment.

President and CEO Hubert Lacroix told MiC that CBC’s digital strength lies mainly in its news and factual properties.

Data shows the average CBC online visitor currently spends 35 minutes per month across its digital properties, and CBC aims to increase the amount of time users spend on the site and how actively they migrate from one piece of content to another.

Audience analytics is another big priority for 2018. “We are spending a lot of money and a lot of time trying to figure out how we can better read and understand who’s coming to us,” Lacroix said.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Radio-Canada reporter arrested for alleged harassment

The CBC’s French-language network said the complaint against Antoine TrĂ©panier stems from calls and emails he sent seeking reaction to a story about the head of the chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in western Quebec.

Gatineau police wouldn’t discuss the particulars of Tuesday’s complaint.

“The alleged victim wrote a formal statement indicating fear for her safety as a result of threats received and repeated communications from a man,” the force said in a release.

“Judging the statement credible and following analysis of the evidence, a police officer telephoned the individual to inform him he was the subject of a criminal harassment complaint.”

The complaint was filed later that day and the reporter was called to the police station in the Hull district.

Accompanied by two managers, Trépanier was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court June 20.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Is the CBC a public or a commercial broadcaster?

Here is the good news: the CRTC has ordered CBC/Radio-Canada to end paid advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique. The ban begins immediately.

The bad news is that CBC management still seems to think it was doing the right thing when it opened the two radio networks to commercial sponsorship three years ago, with the CRTC's wary approval.

But the "reality" of public broadcasting, in principle at least, is that it exists precisely in order to provide a service that is not a commercial, for-profit undertaking. It is intended to be distinctive, to be free from the influence of vested interests either commercial or governmental, and to serve its audiences as citizens rather than as consumers.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

President practice proving disastrous for CBC

For over a decade CBC Presidents, who, along with the CBC Board of Directors, are appointed by the government, have hired outsiders to manage CBC English Radio and TV. Hubert Lacroix, the current President admitted when he accepted the job he knew very little about the CBC. For the President to in turn rely on outsiders to manage the programming services is a departure from a long practice of relying on staff who came up through CBC ranks to become vice-presidents.

This is proving disastrous as the CBC once again has suffered government funding cuts and is trying to maximize other revenues. But it is evident to me that the current senior management team knows very little about the organization they are in charge of, the result of broken management systems and practices.

Read the full story here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CBC The National’s still can’t break top 30 in national ratings

‘We have a good foundation, and we’re continuing to build,’ says Rosemary Barton.

Ten weeks into the CBC The National's revamped newscast, host Rosemary Barton says the program continues to evolve, but internal numbers already show growth in younger demographics and digitally. “I don’t think we’re satisfied yet, but I think we’re moving in the right direction, and by that I mean we’re trying to push the boundaries a little bit, we’re trying new things.

Read more here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CBC pushes fake news

As much as I like to rip into CBC, I normally expect better from veteran reporter David Common. He’s normally much more on the ball than his latest story on the Gerald Stanley/Coulten Boushie file that has sparked claims of a racist justice system and promises by the prime minister to change the justice system.

This story, which aired on CBC’s The National – Canada’s third most watched national newscast – and was aired on the much more listened to World at Six radio program was so riddled with holes that it had to be be corrected multiple times on the web and now the state broadcaster will air brief corrections. The full excuse, including blaming the Mounties for shoddy journalism, is down at the bottom of this article.

But the damage from CBC’s original reporting is done. It pushed a completely false narrative and helped inflame race relations in an already tense situation.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The day I lost all respect for the National

The date was July 7, 2011 — the day Canada pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after nine years of brutal war ending without even a truce. One hundred and sixty-one Canadian soldiers and civilians died in that war. At a financial cost of some $18-billion. By the close of this day we’d lost more troops per capita in Afghanistan than any of the 21 other coalition nations — including the United States which started it.

July 7, 2011 was the end of Canada’s longest-ever war. An historic, momentous day for our nation. A day to remember. A day to show respect. A day to mourn. A day to celebrate, perhaps.

Yet you wouldn’t have had a clue about this day’s significance if you watched the CBC’s flagship news program on the evening of July 7, 2011.

The National devoted its entire first section to coverage of Will and Kate smiling and shaking hands at the Calgary Stampede.

So the thirteenth day of the Will and Kate tour was lead story on The National. Then, after a commercial, a murder trial in Florida, floods in China, a stadium collapse somewhere and a dust storm in Arizona.

Only after all this entirely meaningless celebrity-adoring, foreign crime and weather did The National report on the end of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan — the sixth story in its lineup, not from brutal, battered Kandahar, but voiced-over from Toronto, using free pool video.

July 7, 2011 was the day I finally lost all respect for The National.

Read the full story here.

Friday, March 09, 2018

CBC workplace is unhealthy

Many employees of Canada’s national broadcaster believe the CBC workplace is psychologically unhealthy and managers do not deal effectively with issues that may threaten or harm them, according to an internal survey carried out following the Jian Ghomeshi scandal.

“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.

Concerns were also raised by survey respondents over whether the CBC deals effectively with “situations that may threaten or harm employees.” Almost a third (29 per cent) said the CBC does not.

The survey, conducted for CBC in the summer by Gallup, also showed that “pride of association” in the national broadcaster 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.

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.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

CBC TV has tried to be all things to all Canadians

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.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

CBC distancing themselves from basic principles of public broadcasting

Decades ago CBC was the only Canadian TV or radio station most Canadians could receive. It was a necessity, not a convenience. A handful of private radio stations existed in major cities in the 1920s; but in the 1930s Parliament created the CBC and rapidly it became the most important radio broadcaster in the country.

By the late 1950s CBC Radio began suffering audience losses, as private popular music stations were launched. Rock ’n’ roll, aided by the invention of the transistor radio and car radios (as well as TV), crushed CBC’s comedy and variety programs. By the late 1960s the audience numbers had so deteriorated that CBC even considered shutting down its radio services.

CBC TV finds itself today in a very fragile position, as desperate as radio’s was 50 years ago. Today CBC TV is only one (two if you count its news channel) of hundreds of channels, with less and less to distinguish it from private channels.

While chasing elusive ratings, CBC TV and, to a lesser extent, CBC Radio have been distancing themselves from the basic principles of public broadcasting. For example, CBC TV and Radio have journalistic policies dealing with the expression of opinion. The policy states: “CBC journalists do not express their own personal opinion because it affects the perception of impartiality and could affect an open and honest exploration of an issue.”

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

CBC coy about plans to compete with print media ...

Would Netflix want to get into the newspaper business? I doubt it. Then, why is CBC so keen on competing with the print media with its online offerings? Is it breaking the law in doing so?

For more than 20 years CBC has offered an Internet website, cbc.ca, but in the past few years this effort has been accelerated. In its recently released strategic plan, called “A Space for Us All,” CBC was coy about its plans to compete with print media. When it was pointed out on Twitter that the strategy said the CBC wanted to turn into a “public media company,” the CBC first denied that this phrase was in the document and then tried to rationalize it.

Read the full story here.

Monday, March 05, 2018

CBC is to blame for declining subscriptions ...

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, March 02, 2018

CBC affiliates in Ontario partner with CTV

A new programming agreement at three local TV stations in Eastern Ontario will leave viewers in the area who watch over-the-air television without access to CBC programming.

Longtime CBC affiliates CKWS-TV in Kingston, Channel 12 in Oshawa and CHEX-TV in Peterborough will each begin carrying an array of CTV shows beginning Aug. 31.

The move bumps CBC programming, including “Dragons’ Den” and “Rick Mercer Report,” off the schedule in favour of CTV’s “The Amazing Race Canada” and “MasterChef Canada.”

CBC’s nightly news broadcast of “The National” will be replaced by “CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme.”

All three local stations are owned by Corus Entertainment (TSX:CJR.B), which struck the new pact with CTV’s operator Bell Media, a division of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE).

The change means that some viewers in the affected communities will not have access to CBC programs if they use an antenna to pick up over-the-air signals.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

10 Reasons Why The New CBC 'National' Flopped


The missus was away. The dogs had been let out. I had a Man Cold. I'd finished the Holocaust Week panel at the ROM. So I collapsed on the couch at Chez Kinsella and turned on the new and improved "National" on CBC.

So.

Here are my 10 observations, in no particular order.

1 -  Four anchors?  That's not a newscast, that's a sequel to "Split", the movie. Multiple personalities make for memorable horror flicks, but not so much a serious newscast.

2 - The sum of the four is less than one part.

3 - It's too busy.

4 - The graphics bugged me.

5 - It was seriously unserious.

6 - It was CNN-y.

7 - The set looks like it was designed by Sprockets.

8 - Click schtick.

9 - TV is pictures.

10 -It didn't blow me away.

Read the full story here.