May 11, 2016

BBC retreats after charges of “mission creep”. Will CBC take heed?

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder

Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC, is mandated by Parliament to provide radio and TV content across the country but it isn’t enough. They complain about not having the money to do the things required of them, then spend millions on things they’re not asked to do.

Like, for example, become the national podcaster and the national newspaper for all of Canada. They’ve spent years and millions building up a website not just to promote their radio and tv programs or provide a space for people to watch or listen but to produce web only content.

They’ve gone outside their mandate to stream pop music, competing with private radio and pop streaming services while using their taxpayer subsidy. And still they complained about not enough money.

They’ve began hiring an army of reporters to write news stories for the website, again spending a fortune on something no one asked them to do, again complaining they don't have enough money.

All this happened under Conservative and Liberal governments alike and no one said boo. In fact Justin Trudeau and the Liberals just gave CBC $150 million more per year.

Meanwhile in Britain, it’s a different story with the BBC after a politician called them out for competing in areas it shouldn’t. BBC is responding by cutting back their website.

Here’s part of what the politician said in a Telegraph article:

"In a speech to former BBC staff last week, a member of the corporation’s own governing body criticized the broadcaster’s website. Richard Ayre, a member of the BBC Trust, called on the corporation to “leave the magazine content, the celebrity gossip, the skateboarding ducks, the games and the puzzles to other providers, who frankly can do it just as well, or better”.

And this from Cabinet Minister George Osborne, in David Cameron's Conservative government:

“If you’ve got a website that’s got features and cooking recipes – effectively the BBC website becomes the national newspaper as well as the national broadcaster.”

That’s what I’ve been saying for years. I literally wrote the book on it, called “CBC Exposed” and I've written countless articles and columns, spoken about it on radio and TV and here at the Rebel.

I've been warning private sector broadcasters this was a problem for nearly a decade and no one cared.

Too many of my media colleagues were happy to appear on CBC and pocket appearance money, not caring about the mission creep and how CBC competed with their own employers. Media outlets were happy to take CBC ad money and forget about holding the billion dollar department to account.

Fortunately, that may be changing. The Globe and the Star have noted CBC's mission creep and the story about the BBC is being noted by some in the legacy media.

This is all positive but there needs to be more. I've long advocated selling CBC, which is why I launched our poll

The poll showed 48 percent of Canadians agreed. I'd encourage you to sign that petition and add your voice if you haven’t already but barring that, should CBC at least stick to the mandate Parliament has given them rather than constantly expanding into areas that cost of a lot of money but that they have no business being involved with?

Britain has politicians willing to hold BBC to account, maybe one day soon we can have politicians like that in Canada.

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commented 2016-05-12 21:35:42 -0400
We should talk about the future. At present I see no hope unless Kevin O’Leary takes over. We should all show him our support and ideas for big change.
commented 2016-05-11 15:52:54 -0400
It is frustrating!

The Liberals should not legally be able to backtrack everything the Conservatives did in the last ten years as they are currently now doing.
commented 2016-05-11 15:51:17 -0400
What a waste of the last ten years, not because of what the Conservatives did or did not do, but because the Liberals can now proceed to erase everything in the last ten years.
commented 2016-05-11 15:48:40 -0400
Kenneth said, "Peter, Harper should have privatiizd or defunded the Communist Broadcasting Corp at the beginning of his majority term, and openly supported Sun News Network. "

Now if he had done that, what do you think would have happened as soon as the Liberals took office? Do you really think that they would have left the CBC privatized or defunded? Of course not.

Ken said, “I see the Conservatives’ majority term as almost a complete waste of time and opportunity.”

Yes, there was a waste of plenty of opportunities, but the Liberals are now in the process of reversing anything and everything that the Conservatives have done. So what difference would it have made if Harper did take full advantage of his majority and push through a lot of changes … just have made more for the Liberals to reverse is all.

Look, Ken, I am not disagreeing with you and Dale in a lot of what you are saying, only that since the Liberals can reverse anything the Conservatives have done in the last ten years, including if they had privatized the CBC, what mechanism can be use to force a government to not allow for the next government to reverse the previous government’s changes?
commented 2016-05-11 15:08:08 -0400
Peter, Harper should have privatiizd or defunded the Communist Broadcasting Corp at the beginning of his majority term, and openly supported Sun News Network. That would have given the government the ability to begin reforming the rest of the rotten corrupt system without CBC propaganda working against the government, and with a friendly TV channel explaining to Canadians why the changes were needed. Instead, Harper left the Conseverative-hating CBC in place and did nothing for SNN. If the Liberals were elected again, at least the government would have given Canadians the other side of the story for a few years. Instead, we were just treated to leftist propaganda working against the conservative cause. But in all likelihood, with the CBC gone, and SNN speaking the truth, Canadians would have re-elected the Conservatives. We’ll never know, of course, because they left the CBC in place and did almost nothing else except a scrap here and a scrap there to fix Canada. I see the Conservatives’ majority term as almost a complete waste of time and opportunity. I suspect that happened because Harper was never more than a bluish Red Tory, which is why almost the entire corrupt system, with a few exceptions, was still in place when the Liberals rode CBC and MSM propaganda back to power. Now the corrupt Liberals are going to rig the electoral system to make sure they don’t have the inconvenience of having to sit in opposition ever again before continuing destroy the free and prosperous Canada that lost its way and decided to commit national suicide by Liberals.
commented 2016-05-11 15:06:14 -0400
Retreat? Are you kidding? Peter Mansbridge and the rest of the lefty cabal at the mothership have never had it so good.
commented 2016-05-11 14:02:50 -0400
@ Dale – "what would have changed in the last 5 years? "

I am assuming you are meaning, what would have happened in the 5 years following if Harper had closed down the CBC early in his mandate? If this is what you mean, then he would never have passed the bill to close down the CBC (or defund it or privatize it) because he had a minority government. Would never have been passed into law. Of that I can guarantee. The only time Harper could have pushed through a bill to shut down/defund/privatize the CBC is when he had his one and only majority.

Dale said, “Would overall Canadian Media quality have improved”

For the time Harper was if office, you betcha the quality would have improved. I don’t disagree with that whatsoever … until the Liberals can into power and reinstated the CBC, then back to same old same old.

Dale said, “We would have saved over 4 BILLION dollars in the process.”

Yes, if Harper shut down/defund/privatize the CBC immediately upon getting his majority … until the Liberals can into power and reinstated the CBC, then back to same old same old.

Dale said, “That would ensure no future government could re-create this useless entity.”

Never would have been sold off in the four years, but even if it was, that would not have stopped the Liberals from reinstating the CBC with the same budge they had before, the CBC would have had less assets, that is all.

No, I still maintain that if Harper had shut down/defund/privatize the CBC at any point in his 10 year tenure the next election the Conservatives would have been ousted and the next government would have re-instituted the CBC in all its former glory.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to get rid of the CBC from the tax payer teat, but something has to be done to force the next government from reinstating the CBC.
commented 2016-05-11 12:47:27 -0400
I disagree Peter . . . if early in the mandate Harper had defunded and eliminated the CBC . . . what would have changed in the last 5 years?
Would overall Canadian Media quality have improved . . . as the other networks would no longer be a CBC Echo Chamber?
We would have saved over 4 BILLION dollars in the process. Money that could have gone into health care or tax reductions. Not to mention ALL the CBC assets . . that are worth Billions could have been Sold Off and the money applied to the National Debt! That would ensure no future government could re-create this useless entity.
Instead the CBC was one of the biggest campaigners for the feckless Justin . . . who now throws Billions to the wind on whims.
commented 2016-05-11 12:30:31 -0400
There has to be something more done that simply shutting down the CBC or making the CBC privatized by a Conservative government because that would just cost that Conservative government to lose next election and the next government would just reinstate the CBC back to its’ full status and funding.

What I mean is:
1) a future Conservative government privatizes the CBC.
2) that future Conservative government loses next election because of that action
3) the next Liberal government puts the CBC back the way it was.

This is an almost guaranteed set of future events. So, I ask anyone … just what the hell was gained by making CBC privatized except causing the future Conservative government to lose in the next election?

Maybe the Harper Conservative knew that if they privatized the CBC or shut it down it would have been political suicide. If you are honest with yourself, you know it would have been.

So, what else can be done to ensure that the next Liberal government won’t simple reinstate the CBC back to its’ former glory? A law … that can also be repealed by the next liberal government?

Don’t think that would happen? This current Liberal government is in the process of reversing every last bloody thing the Harper Conservatives did, what makes anyone here think that they would not have reversed a decision to close down or privatize the CBC?
commented 2016-05-11 12:10:01 -0400
kenneth lawrence …for the most part i supported the conservatives but that was also one of my beefs,they were asleep at the switch on that one, it has bit them in the ass big time under turdo
commented 2016-05-11 12:00:58 -0400
The CBC will not “take heed”, because its mission is not to be simply a radio and television broadcaster, but to be the taxpayer-funded propaganda organ of the socialist-AGW Liberal Party of Canada and of the UN and of the AGW movement, a job it does very well. My biggest disappointment with the Harper government was that it only tinkered around the edges of the taxpayer-funded, socialist-AGW Liberal establishment, headed up by the CBC, and never took any serious action to free Canadians from it. So after nine years of Conservative government, four of them with a majority in Parliament, we are still stuck in fundamentally the same paradigm as a society as we were before the Conservatives came into office. And the few things that were done to change that have been and are being reversed by the Trudeau government. When you leave the propaganda machinery intact, that is always the inevitable result. Now we have a government that is going to rig the electoral system with a system that will ensure the Conservatives will never be able to take power again. Why even bother? It makes no difference if they do take power, since they are afraid or just unwilling to use it to make any meaningful change that will last.
commented 2016-05-11 11:23:14 -0400
I’ve long said that the Harper government had a majority government and the ability to shut down, sell or cut funding to the CBC but for whatever reason they chose not to. The CBC is the arch enemy of the Conservatives yet the Conservatives allowed them to stomp all over them lead by Peter Manpleaser. I may continue to vote for the Conservatives but they’ll NEVER get another dime from me and I’ve told them that. If you don’t want to help yourself don’t expect it from me.
commented 2016-05-11 10:35:30 -0400
The CBC is a globalist propaganda organ supported by involuntary public funding. It is the perfect venue for transnationalist political proselytizing and the public face of globalist “post-national” governing – sold a a national voice, it is a socially polarizing force that represents only the centralized ruling class and their agendas.

Were it government defunded tomorrow, I’m sure it would become a UN/Soros transnationalist holding and continue its endless spew of social tribalism to the Canadian public.
commented 2016-05-11 10:20:31 -0400
The CBC is a law onto itself and this present government will do nothing to change the status quo! It frustrates and angers me to think of MY hard-earned tax dollars being used in this reprehensible manner. I do NOT watch CBC, yet I am “forced” to pay for its content!