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.

 

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2 comments

  1. John Robertson says:

    CBC is placing by the same playbook as BBC. Check out BBC resistance to providing the names of the scientific panel that advised them to go whole hog on the manmade global warming propaganda. And I mean propaganda, as in an orchestrated effort to cast man as the cause of global warming from all departments of the BBC 2006 till the present. Google 28gate.
    The behaviour of CBC is identical, they too will find a pet judge to rule that they are a private organization when you get too close to the evidence.
    CBC has run plenty of BBC based rubbish and I expect they will not mention how perniciously poisoned this source has become since 2006.

  2. Randy Williams says:

    Here we go again!!! I am so sick and tired of their arrogance!!! When is the Harper Government going to put a stop to this. I strongly believe that they had a number of opportunities to come clean but still refuse. So it is about time to sell it off and let them fund themselves without tax payers money.

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