Archive for the ‘CBC’ Category

CBC hides the hockey dough

- November 22nd, 2012

OTTAWA - With the NHL lockout dragging into its third month it’s no secret that CBC’s revenue from live games is zero, but the state broadcaster has also released documents claiming zero revenue for the entire 2006-07 season when there was no lockout.

Of course, the CBC did earn revenue from ad sales and other revenue streams but documents released to QMI Agency show all monetary figures stripped out, with CBC claiming it would be against the economic interests of Canada to release the information.

QMI Agency filed the original request through a partner in 2007 asking for details on Hockey Night in Canada revenues.

At that time CBC claimed that the material was exempt from release as part of its programming activities.

CBC fought the federal information commissioner in court over the release of the file and lost, but found a new way to keep secrets hidden.

A one-page document with lines to detail revenues from regular season games, playoff games and the all-star game was released with the revenue figures removed.

According to the CBC, releasing that information would hurt “the competitive position of a government institution.”

Access to Information expert and lawyer Michel Drapeau said the CBC is trying to use a rule intended to protect things like new inventions by government scientists.

“It may be against the economic interests of CBC but it is a long way off going against the economic interests of Canada,” Drapeau said. “This doesn’t pass the giggle test.”

CBC recently touted its nomination for an award that honours openness and transparency in government.

 

Have you bought your copy of CBC Exposed yet?

COLUMN: Lilley – CBC is exposed in new book

- October 25th, 2012

CBC Exposed: New book details soft-left, anti-biz, spendthrift network’s wasted spending

by Brian Lilley

It’s time to have a real discussion about CBC.

Most discussions about the future of Canada’s state broadcaster turn quickly to emotional arguments about the role CBC has supposedly played in building this country.

According to supporters, without CBC there would be no Canada, or at least a diminished Canada.

I don’t buy that.

For the last two years I have been documenting the waste at CBC and their refusal to comply with the letter and spirit of the law that allows any Canadian to see exactly how our tax dollars are spent.

For most of that time, I simply called for CBC to live up to the transparency they and their reporters demand of government. Now I think the answer for curing what ails CBC is more drastic: They need to be sold off.

For the last several months I have been working on a book that documents stories about CBC that most Canadians should know but don’t.

Available now, CBC Exposed (Freedom Press), details the millions upon millions wasted on lawsuits that could have been settled with apologies from CBC executives.

Did you know that CBC was forced to pay the largest award ever in a lawsuit against a media company?

CBC had maligned the reputation of an Ottawa doctor so badly that the judge in the case called the state broadcaster “parasitic sensationalists” and awarded almost $1 million in damages.

With legal fees and court costs, the final bill that taxpayers had to pick up was estimated at closer to $5 million.

Considering that the lawsuit could have been settled with an apology and a few thousand dollars in legal fees, CBC’s behaviour, their cavalier attitude to the use of taxpayers’ money, remains inexcusable. Of course, this isn’t the only case where CBC wasted taxpayer dollars. They do it every day.

I detail all these cases in the book and try to make the case that CBC needs to be sold off.

To CBC’s biggest fans, selling off the corporation is akin to shutting it down, but that is simply not the case.

Just because you may like watching a soft left, anti-business, Toronto-centric, politically correct television network doesn’t mean that I should have to pay for it.

Now, in case you think I’m being harsh in calling CBC a soft left, anti-business, Toronto-centric, politically correct network, understand that those are not my words but the words of the former head of CBC’s English programming: Richard Stursberg. CBC has proven time and again that they not only fit that description, but are also biased against conservative-minded Canadians, against Christians, against gun owners and against the state of Israel. If that’s what they want to be, fine, but that is not what a broadcaster owned by the government and funded by all the people of Canada should be.

In my view, CBC and all of its specialty channels and radio networks should be broken up into smaller groups and sold off. If the people of Canada want to support it, they will and CBC will flourish.

In CBC Exposed I detail each of these claims against CBC in the hope of starting that national conversation.

Why do we have a state broadcaster?

Is it still needed?

It’s time to have that national conversation but let’s leave the emotion out and have a discussion based on facts.

— Lilley is the host of Byline on Sun News Network. CBC Exposed can be purchased at www.freedompress.ca

Open nomination for federal Conservatives in Kitchener-Waterloo

- July 30th, 2012

Peter BraidI don’t know why so many “Conservative” MPs line up to hand out the pork in their ridings. If they really did stand for smaller government they would refuse to participate and sometimes MPs actually do refuse to make certain announcements.

Which brings me to Peter Braid the Conservative MP for Kitchener-Waterloo. Why is he celebrating the opening of a new CBC service in his riding? Not only is he celebrating this and joining in on the announcement but he is putting his name out on the CBC news release. Read more…

VIDEO: Stopping CBC’s empire building

- May 24th, 2012

In CBC’s world this makes sense

- May 24th, 2012

CBC John Baird storyThis morning CBC posted a strange story about Foreign Affairs minister John Baird and a speech he was giving in Washington, D.C.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will be the main speaker at a Washington, D.C., event celebrating religious freedom Thursday night to promote Canada’s planned Office of Religious Freedom.

But the event sponsor’s hardline stance on same-sex marriage and homosexuality is at odds with Baird’s support for gay rights around the world.

There are a couple of things wrong with this opening pair of paragraphs.

1. In the eyes of CBC, a church saying that they believe that marriage is between a man and a woman is a hardline stance. A few Christian churches have embraced same-sex marriage but not really any of the big denominations that are growing and attracting adherents. This church, the Seventh Day Adventists, are a pretty conservative denomination. Their position on same-sex marriage should not be regarded as a surprise or as hardline.

Also remember that in the United States is a country that is debating same-sex marriage. In every state that has had a straight up vote on just same-sex marriage the voters have rejected it. Yet to CBC, holding this position is a hardline stance.

2. Standing up for religious freedom does not mean you cannot stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians to be free from discrimination. The Canadian government, led by Baird, has called for an end to laws that see homosexuals jailed but they don’t advocate that every country adopt same-sex marriage.

Yet this article would have you believe that if you stand up for freedom for one group then you can’t stand up for the freedom of another group.

That brings me back to the first point, claiming that a church opposing same-sex marriage is a hardline stance. Is it possible that this author thinks that standing up for gay rights should include the government calling on churches to accept same-sex marriage? Is that the next step in the progressive march? Government power over churches and individual belief and worship?