Brian Lilley - July 30th, 2012
I 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…
Brian Lilley - April 9th, 2012
I’m really enjoying Richard Stursberg’s book on the state broadcaster. Stursberg is the former head of CBC’s English servies – both TV and radio – from 2004 to 2010.
His new book is called Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC.
I received my copy late Thursday and spent a good part of the weekend flipping through various parts. You can pre-order on Amazon.ca right now, although the official release date is April 21st.
While Stursberg and I differ on what role CBC should play in the Canadian media landscape and what level of funding it should receive from the government, he and I do see eye to eye on somethings – like CBC’s left-wing bias.
“The CBC’s legendary inability to meet the most elementary tests of good management, and its soft left, anti-business, Toronto-centric, politically correct cultural assumptions created significant problems for the Corporation”
That’s Stursberg on page 14 of his book. You should see what he says about the CBC Board of Directors and all the important people that make the decision about what happens at the state broadcaster. Whether you love the CBC or hate it, I think you’ll like this book.
I’ll be talking more about this book and what it has to say over the next two weeks.
Brian Lilley - January 29th, 2012
CBC taking bite out of … Apple?!
Nope, not even a nibble — and why do we need a government music store in the first place?
by Ezra Levant
The Canadian government has decided to start a new business, and go head-to-head with Apple’s phenomenally successful iTunes online music store.
Others have tried to take on Apple. Canada’s most successful hi-tech company, Research in Motion, which makes the BlackBerry, is having a tough time battling Apple’s iPhone.
It’s not surprising — Apple has a growing army of loyal customers and a constant stream of new products.
They made a $26 billion profit last year, and are sitting on $98 billion in cash. The only people more fanatic than Apple customers are Apple employees.
This is the market the Conservative government has set its sights on. The government’s Crown corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, announced last week it’s going to jump into the online music business. Read more…
Brian Lilley - November 23rd, 2011
CBC president Hubert Lacroix has said that “only a judge” can tell the state broadcaster what to release. Well, he’s not being honest there because a judge already has and now three judges from the Federal Court of Appeal have told him to open up. From the Toronto Sun
Canada’s information commissioner has the authority to determine whether access to information requests the CBC doesn’t want taxpayers to see should be made public, the Federal Court of Appeal said Wednesday.
The ruling upheld a lower court judgment against the broadcaster.
I wonder if Lacroix will now claim that “only 9 judges” can tell him what to release.
CBC has tried to claim that they are protecting journalistic sources which the law allows them to do.
Last week they showed that claim was false when after refusing to release a list of vehicles, they did and we learned exactly nothing about their journalistic, creative or programming activities. Instead we learned that they have 728 vehicles.
Bizarrely, despite having their appeal dismissed by the court, CBC is claiming a win from this ruling.
Well, Sun News, Sun Media and Quebecor have not asked for journatic sources. Others have, including asking about Peter Mansbridge’s salary (which was refused) but we have not.
Here once again is a list of ATIP cases before the court in the battle between CBC and the federal information commissioner.
- Provide copy of the audits of last three Olympics performed by Deloitte Touche or equivalent auditing organizations
- Provide copy of all records concerning the handover of the position of the CEO from Mr. Robert Rabinovitch to Mr. Hubert T. Lacroix
- Statutory fees paid by CBC for the submission of ATI requests. Provide a copy of records indicating the amount of fees paid pursuant to the federal access to information statute during Fiscal Year 2007-2008
- We wish to have access to or a copy of all and/or any records regarding spending by CBC on advertising in the greater Montreal area. Specifically advertising in the form of visual media, ie. Billboards, print ads, buses, etc
- Presentation of France’s Legion d’Honneur to Sylvain Lafrance on July 4, 2007. Provide copy of all records associated with the presentation of France’s Legion d’Honneur to Sylvain Lafrance, including copy of the following: Exchanges between Sylvain Lafrance and a) the President b) the board of Directors concerning acceptance by Sylvain Lafrance of this foreign honour in his capacity as a CBC senior executive; Any Travel Expenses Reports and Claims submitted by or on behalf of Sylvain Lafrance for travel/accommodation in Ottawa to accept his private honour
- Obtenir copie de tout document montrant tous les coûts dépensés et engendrés par Radio-Canada pour produire l’émission Le Clubs des Ex animée par Simon Durivage sur Radio-Canada en semaine et ce depuis le début de cette émission sur Radio-Canada à aujourd’hui 20 mars 2008
- Obtenir copie aussi de tout document ou sommaire montrant les coûts pour produire l’émission et également les montants accordés à Liza Frulla, Jean-Pierre Charbonneau et Marie Grégoire et ce depuis le début de cette émission à aujourd’hui 20 mars 2008
- Olympic bids. Provide access to or a copy of any and all records pertaining to the bid made by and/or to the CBC with respect to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games
- Provide one copy of records detailing the amounts paid in Royalties, broken down between CBC (1. Television 2. Radio) SRC (3. Television 4. Radio) for FY 2006-2007. Provide records detailing the identities of those who received such royalties from CBC/SRC
- Application to CRTC re Sports Specialty Channel. Provide records (internal to CBC) concerning the CBC’s application to the CRTC to approve a new CBC sports specialty channel
- Theme song. Hockey Night in Canada. Provide records on the cost of running the contest to find the new Hockey Night in Canada theme song
- Splitting of CBC News organization. Provide the CBC backgrounder on the changes to CBC News being split into Programming and Newsgathering divisions as shared on the iO, CBC’s intranet
- Obtenir copie complet de tous (livrables inclus) de tout les focus groupes de Radio-Canada au sujet des stars de sa television ou encore vedette de l’information comme par example Céline Galipeau, Guy A. Lepage, Patrice Roy, Bernard Deromes, Michel Viens, Simon Durivages, etc… et ce depuis le 1er janvier 2006 à aujourd’hui, le 12 juin 2008. Obtenir aussi copie de tous les coûts de ces focus groupes réalisé au sujet de stars de sa télévision ou encore vedette de l’information comme par example Céline Galipeau, Guy A. Lepage, Patrice Roy, Bernard Deromes, Michel Viens, Simon Durivages, etc… et ce depuis le 1er janvier 2006
- Obtenir copie de tout document montrant les montants en cachet ($) donnée aux gens qui participent aux emissions d’actualité à Radio-Canada et ce pour chacune des années de 1998 à aujourd’hui, le 17 juin 2008
- Agreement between SRD/GESCA to create Voilà. Provide copy of records by which in 2001, SRC entered into a partnership agreement with GESCA Inc. to create the magazine Voilà
- We wish to have access to or a copy of all and/or any records regarding conracts made by CBC for advertising in the greater Montreal area. Specifically, advertising in the form of visual media, ie. Billboards, print ads, buses, etc
- We wish to have access to or a copy of all and/or any records regarding spending by CBC for advertising in the greater Montreal area to promote Patrice Roy as a new anchor on Téléjournal Montréal