June 15, 2015

Why is CBC competing with newspapers?

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

When I was a kid, Panasonic used to run ads claiming that their products were, “Just slightly ahead of our time.”

The problem with being ahead of your time is that people may not be ready for your message. You can be too far in front. It’s felt like that with my warnings to other media outlets about CBC over the past several years, I was ahead of my time, warning them of a problem they did not see, or wish to see.

This past weekend, at least one person caught up.

Stephen Maher, columnist for Postmedia, noted that CBC was moving into his line of work, paying for columnists to pontificate on national affairs. Responding to a column posted online by Mark Critch, one of the mainstays of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Maher asked on Twitter, “This is good, but why is CBC hiring online columnists? I don't see that in the broadcast act. What is the mandate?”

Why indeed.

Unfortunately this is not the first column by Critch, or anyone else, on the CBC website, nor will it be their last foray outside of their mandate.

CBC is required by Parliament to provide television and radio services across Canada. Somehow along the way they have veered off of that mandate into many different areas. Political columns, one of the real draws for media websites fighting in a sea of headlines, don’t belong on the CBC website, but then again neither does the massive collection of news stories, purchased from Canadian Press and other wire services with your money and given away for free on CBC.ca.

Speaking of giving things away for free, why is CBC paying huge royalty fees to operate a series of online radio stations that compete with streaming services from Google, Apple, Rdio or Songify?

I’m not talking about taking Radio One and Radio Two and streaming them to the web, I’m talking about a music service that offers 10 pop stations, which, as I write, are playing artists such as Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Iggy Azalea and the Everly Brothers.

What is the mandate for taxpayers to subsidize the playing of commercially successful artists on a service that competes for pop music listeners against commercial operations? Why is CBC running a mobile production business? Why do they do so many of the things they do when they constantly claim that resources are stretched?

Over the past several years I have been warning my media colleagues and any media executives that would listen that if they were not careful, CBC would use its $1 billion annual subsidy to put them out of business.

Why listen to the local pop radio station, or classic rock station, when CBC gives you the music you like commercial free and the only ads you hear are for the handy app they will give you for free to take this music on the road with you?

Private radio stations playing commercial music are having to deal with the threat of online streaming services coming at them from around the world, they shouldn’t also have to deal with one that is paid for with their own tax dollars.

Newspapers, soon to be a thing of the past, relegated to web only content, also shouldn’t have to compete with CBC and their vast web offerings.

Again, I’m not talking about audio and video from the broadcaster being put on the CBC website, I’m talking about the army of writers, and yes columnists, that they have been assembling, over the past several years to compete directly with Maher’s employer at Postmedia or at The Globe and Mail.

There is no mandate for CBC to do this but they continue about their business rarely facing questions from anyone. Maher’s question was smacked down by fellow media types on Twitter and he became apologetic while assuring people there is a valid question there. There is, but we don’t have any valid answers because too few people, political or media, are willing to question CBC in a meaningful way.

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commented 2015-07-25 12:53:36 -0400
I don’t trust any government that believes in state run media, wants to take my guns, and taxes people so much to keep them poor for ever. So I don’t trust The Liberal Party of Canada or any provincial Liberal Parties.
commented 2015-07-04 09:28:28 -0400
The CBC merely duplicates existing services at great expense to the taxpayer. I would not miss it, if it went out of business and most people would not even notice it.
commented 2015-06-22 19:48:21 -0400
Jimmy, it seems to me that you are using the “the government knows best” excuse to cover up the fact that you’re a stupid sheep. As in, not just a member of the sheep family, but an especially stupid one. (If you’re going to insult someone, at least make an effort!)
commented 2015-06-22 12:05:33 -0400
Token,

Your position on gay people and gay pride is sad and pathetic. Do you really sit at home during pride and think to yourself that they taking your money for this? Of course not that you could actually confirm that, since our taxes go to many things that we may or may not support and we don’t get sent a breakdown of where each penny went.

Seems to me that you are using the taxes excuse to cover up the fact that you are homophobic.
commented 2015-06-18 21:10:02 -0400
Jimmy: using your model, everything works fine until you get to that part where they are so lucky they can count on taxpayers to pay for it. In the real world they would have to get that money from advertisers. The advertisers would only give them that money if they could justify the viewership. If CBC programming was as good as you are claiming, they would be able to attract the advertising dollars necessary to keep it running. The fact that they need more than a billion dollars of taxpayers money to stay in business proves my point. If the CBC was as good as you claim, the market would back you up. The market doesn’t, to the tune of all that lettuce, hence the dichotomy between what you feel is justified and what the rest of reality knows. That point needs to be repeated: If the CBC was as good as you claim, the market would back you up. And nobody here would be pissed at the CBC for taking money from our pockets without our approval. Further proof that I’m right? Think hockey.
You ask why aren’t us conservatives taking Harper to task for his stance on the CBC? You haven’t been paying attention. The comment boards on many of the stories here and on SNN when it was operating have been full of critiques of the Harper government on this, and other issues. Just check out the bitch sessions on stories about pot! Hero – worshipping is more a left-wing thing than a conservative trait. Really, most Conservative voters just like him more than either of the other two idiots who want his job. Compared to them, he’s freaking Jesus Christ. Compared to, say, Churchill, Thatcher, or Lincoln he’s really a lightweight. Better for Canada, in the long run, than Mulroney turned out to be but maybe not as visionary as say MacDonald. We’re really a lot more of a critical bunch than the left. Try talking about Taliban Jack’s penchant for Asian prostitutes at a rub ‘n’ tug joint, or suggesting that Tommy Douglas was a heartless eugenicist, and watch the pitchforks come out!
Finally, “whine”? Seriously? Tell you what: you pay my share for the gay pride festivals, go ahead and gay up the entire financial district of every major city every Sunday for brunch! Just not on my dime, okay? If you think it’s so great that the government can take your earned income and throw it at gay people celebrating their gayness, go hard, fill your boots. Make sure you tell them you’re paying my share also, okay?
commented 2015-06-17 22:38:15 -0400
Jimmy , Ezra does not stand alone. We stand with him, so haters bring it on.
commented 2015-06-17 15:55:22 -0400
The answer’s pretty simple – we live in an era when public service is being called to task and asked to fend for its own funding. CBC is doing just that – desperately diversifying in order to become competitive. Think about that. A competitive CBC. I agree with Brian that there’s something not right about that.
commented 2015-06-17 13:03:57 -0400
Hey Billy Boy,

Reality for you – ratings are down for ALL networks in Canada and America. CBC is not immune to the changes in the media world, but that doesn’t negate that the majority of Canadians support the CBC.

http://www.harrisdecima.ca/news/releases/201111/1266-plurality-want-cbc-funding-kept-current-level

I disagree completely about your position on the CBC. Like millions of other people, I dig Dragon’s Den and there are fantastic documentaries, films and other programming. In addition, I think CBC News often provides excellent journalism and reporting. Hell even Q was fantastic despite what has happened with Jian Ghomeshi.

Certainly though I can concede that changes need to be made at the CBC and it can be much better than it is, but those changes have nothing to do with defunding the CBC.

Unless you state otherwise – I am going to assume that you are a “you conservatives”. Why else would be here? You are certainly not providing an opposing view to the masses here.
commented 2015-06-17 12:45:15 -0400
Token,

I was making the point that CBC is still able to get funding, because they are still able to justify the expense per the audience and support that they have. Just like any business. It’s irrelevant where the money is coming from. If CBC for example had the audience of Sun News Network or The Rebel, then they would look pretty fucking stupid if they expected to get continue funding and the fact of the matter is that they wouldn’t get that funding. Lucky for CBC – they don’t have that problem and they are able to justify their existence.

I never said that all Canadians love the CBC. I said that the majority of Canadians support the CBC and I have seen nothing that says otherwise beyond conservatives here that whine. Keep in mind as well that Stephen Harper is the one not cutting the CBC’s budget. Why are conservatives here not attacking Harper for the Conservative government’s long-standing promise to keep the CBC’s federal funding stable? You should be pointing to the finger at your God and blame him for your taxes going to the CBC.

Here is the Canadian support for the CBC and these were the questions asked:

Question wording:

When it comes to federal funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which of the following is closest to your view? a. Federal funding of the CBC should be increased b. Federal funding of the CBC should stay at the current level c. Federal funding of the CBC should decrease d. Federal funding of the CBC should be eliminated

46 per cent of Canadians would like the CBC’s funding to stay at the current level and 23 per cent would like it to be increased.

On the flip side, 22 per cent say funding should be cut, while 12 per cent say it should be eliminated altogether.

http://www.harrisdecima.ca/news/releases/201111/1266-plurality-want-cbc-funding-kept-current-level

Like I said before – all news sources are biased. So no it doesn’t bother me, because I don’t rely on just ONE news source to be informed. I am sure many Canadians have the same view – they recognize that the news is biased, but they still see the value and excellence in what the CBC provides. I am also one of the majority of people that support the CBC for all that does to promote Canada and Canadian content – be it the arts, film, dance, documentary, etc. I support the voice that the CBC gives Canadians – that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

And I don’t think the arts or Gay Pride funding should be cut either – I completely support both 100% and actually think funding should be increased, because I think these things are important and I want to contribute. I guess you would rather whine about what the man is taking from your wallet.
commented 2015-06-17 11:57:47 -0400
“Yes, I am sure The Rebel is going to take over the media world. Especially with it being run by one of the most hated Canadians – Ezra Levant”…ludicrous, perhaps hated by all the right people though. It’s great when the corrupt and incompetent hate you. It’s a bonus when their followers hate you as well!
commented 2015-06-17 11:41:47 -0400
Jimmy, your “business” comment, I laughed so hard milk came out my nose! You really don’t get how business works, I guess. You see, in a “real” business, your analogy would be right, and the appropriate funds needed to run it would be spent. The difference is in a real business those funds would be profits from that business, voluntary contributions from the owners, or a loan of some sort. None of that applies to the CBC. Name me one single business entity that survives by forcibly taking the money it needs to continue operating from people who don’t support it, with no government intervention. Take your business model (which you snidely hinted that I don’t understand) and take away the taxpayer’s largesse. Like I said in the previous post. THAT’S how business works, in the real world, without the luxury of a billion+ $ coming from people who don’t support it. Oh, and before you tag the “owners” part with taxpayers, like that’s the justification needed for this expense; that’s only true if the taxpayers support the move 100%, which (despite your continued bleating that the CBC is loved by all Canadians) simply isn’t true. And your argument that we all gotta live with the government we have and their choices of where to spend money, that’s why we have politics and change governments occasionally. This governement is Conservative, much to your anguish, and the day is coming that the cultural mandarins at our national propoganda ministry will get the same lesson in business that I just gave you.
Now, your further comments. The arts and gay pride, whatever. Not crazy about it, but it doesn’t cost more than a billion dollars (yet) and they mostly don’t spend my money trying to convince Canadians how crappy the right wing is. When they do, that public money should be cut off. Then there’s the bias/lying argument, again. I never said (and I think most people here would agree) that the CBC lies about everything. It can provide adequate news coverage, and timely, and even accurate at times. Just like this site can, as well as all the other news sources. This site calls itself conservative, just like me. You keep on trying to dodge the issue, but it just keeps on coming back to the basic premise: the CBC is biased. You’ve as much as admitted it, but you say that’s okay because it’s popular (?), and because all news sources are biased. The point made here, again and again, is that that is what’s wrong. You are saying that’s all right, but we are saying it isn’t. If the CBC said “okay, we admit it, we support the Liberals and hate the Conservatives” I’d have more respect for it. CBC can’t say that though, because they’re taxpayer funded (see how that argument just keeps on coming up!). The other networks could, but that would alienate the conservative customer base so they continue to claim to be unbiased while spinning their stories and editorializing to the left. The lie isn’t in their basic coverage of the news, it’s in their basic premise of existence.
Finally, I wasn’t talking about the most popular today, I was talking about the most popular at the time. Mulroney was the only PM to win the popular vote in every province, in every region in the country, and polled the highest popular vote in the history of Canadian politics. And he did it as a backlash against a very unpopular fading Liberal PM who had almost destroyed several aspects of Canadian life and whose policies are costing us dearly even today. His name escapes me.
commented 2015-06-17 07:56:19 -0400
Hey Jimmy – hit of reality for ya – Source Canadian Media research:
CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to parallel that of a specialty cable channel, not a national on-air/cable broadcaster – less than a 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract.
CBC’s continued declining 5% market share in a 500 channel cable universe won’t buy you beer and popcorn – let’s just be honest about this and put the snide innuendos and partisan circle jerking away and admit the CBC is poorly managed for the budget it has and the captive audience the CRTC has given it. Heads should roll and changes need to be made – in programming, funding and in corporate focus.

I used to be a CBC radio listener and I watched HNC , CFL – when younger the family was glued to CBC CTV – Wayne and Schuster, Tommy Hunter, Forest Rangers, even the great Wojeck and live variety shows, Kids in the hall, spitting image, Codco, DNTO, CGreat jazz and Blues programming. Every year the things that mattered were cut an those that don’t Like endless social justice preaching expanded – CBC’ lost me and started to decline when the CBC programming no longer reflected ordinary Canadians to themselves in a way we like or even recognize. Today CBC is not about Canadian programming but programming Canadians to its enlightened view of how the world should work. It does not inform, enlighten or entertain and Canadians are staying away in droves and the damn ratings show it. CBC’s audience was extremely normal Canadians, not a small cadre of political activists in special interest lobbies. Canadiana was dropped in favor of the small market share represented by political/partisan activism. The CBC ratings numbers don’t lie about how Canadians feel about that turn of eventuality.

Secondly Jimmy, don’t ever presume to slap tedious labels or stereotypes on me like “you conservatives” – you don’t know me, you have no idea where my ideological center is. This displays a remarkable lack of cognition and civility.
commented 2015-06-16 16:08:57 -0400
Token,

I am sure you know that popularity is indeed the decider when it comes to the media or anything for that matter. If people are watching, then it’s justified for things to continue. If The CBC didn’t have an audience, then they wouldn’t be able to justify the expense of running it. See how business works?

Our tax dollars go to many things that we may not support, so stop acting like the CBC is this ONE thorn in your side regarding where our taxes go. Your personal taxes may not even go to the CBC, so until you know for sure – stop bitching about it. Your taxes may also go to the arts and Gay Pride – how do you feel about that?

The problem with your position as a conservative is that you are simply making the assumption that the CBC is lying or that they can’t be accurate, because you have bought into what the conservative media is selling you. In case you didn’t know, the “liberal media” CAN be factual and accurate in the news they report and the opinion that they provide. I am able to concede that conservative news sources can be right as well, which is why I think that their should be conservative news sources.

According to this – Trudeau is still the most popular Prime Minister ever:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/pierre-trudeau-remains-canada-most-popular-prime-minister-200654553.html

Yes, I am sure The Rebel is going to take over the media world. Especially with it being run by one of the most hated Canadians – Ezra Levant. If conservative media is going to do well in Canada, it needs to be created and run by people other than Toronto Sun shills.
commented 2015-06-16 15:10:54 -0400
Jimmy, so, by your logic, it’s okay to lie to your audience, and slip in politics in a biased manner trying to influence national policy and rig elections in it’s own way, and we should all just let this taxpayer fed dinosaur continue to do it because it’s popular? Millions of people watch CBC so we “need” it, lies or not? Our duly elected Conservative government should just continue to pour my tax dollars into an organization that is trying to put a different party in charge because lots of shee, er, Canadians like being told who to not vote for? If popularity is the decider, then I guess R. M. Nixon was unfairly treated by the media, judiciary, and the American congress as he was the most popular president ever elected. Do you know which Canadian Prime Minister was the most popular? I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t Turner, it wasn’t Chretien, it wasn’t even your hero the senior Trudeau. It was a Conservative with a big chin, the one all you guys hate almost as much as the current guy. He was pretty popular, I guess we really needed him, didn’t we? Only, your logic is flawed. We don’t need Mulroney any more, and we don’t need the CBC either. As to TheRebel’s size, 10 years ago Tesla Motors was a dream. Now it’s the 8th largest auto manufacturer in the world. If you think there isn’t a “need” for a conservative voice in the media, just keep watching CBC. BTW, your opening statement about how important CBC is and why it exists, sure, I’ll buy that argument. Just prove it. Stop giving it my money, and see how important it is, and how long it exists without that subsidy. If the government did that and the CBC continued to survive, then you’re right. A level playing field would shut up pretty much everyone here, as far as that issue is concerned. Sure, it’s a hypothetical, but would you really be stupid enough to believe that the CBC would survive a single month without our forced contribution? But TheRebel would still be here…
commented 2015-06-16 14:43:44 -0400
Rick,

My name is Jimmy or James. You are incredibly uptight.
commented 2015-06-16 14:14:01 -0400
“but you are fooling yourself if you actually believe that the CBC will come to an end and no longer exist.” Jimmy or is it Adam? You certainly appear to have the language and attitude of that individual. Do not EVER post a statement such as the highlighted inferring it came from me. I said no such thing and you know it! Your attempt at a smear is pure fabrication. I have no problem with CBC or anyone else for that matter. I just want each to stand on their own.
commented 2015-06-15 22:21:45 -0400
Hey Token,

Oh I get it – it’s people like you who don’t get the importance of the CBC and why it exists. You also ignore the ratings that the CBC gets and the fact that the majority of Canadians want the CBC to exist.

Show me any proof that Canadians want the CBC gone – because everything from ratings to support confirm that you are wrong. You and people like you are in the minority when it comes to the CBC, so why should anyone listen to you? If the day comes when the majority of Canadians don’t want the CBC, then maybe you will get your wish.

There also isn’t a news source on the planet that unbiased – regardless if they admit or not, so your whole position here is stupid. The problem is that people here that love The Rebel – don’t think it’s biased, they think they are getting the real news here or the truth – which the CBC is holding back. The reality is that people here just want to spoonfed a view that they already believe in and be told the things that they want to hear. They are sheep. And if the CBC leaned right, you would all be loving it.

I hope you have the brain capacity to see the blatant hypocrisy.
commented 2015-06-15 20:34:30 -0400
Jimmy, you just don’t get it, do you? It seems about twice a year we see someone who is just blind for some reason to the dichotomy of the CBC. I’ll try again: The CBC gets money from taxpayers, many say this gives that particular network an unfair advantage against other privately funded media sources that don’t have the bottomless pit of taxpayer’s efforts to support them. This is the main argument of the article by Brian. It’s a valid argument. But the real point here, the one that people like you have a real problem getting, is the bias. Not only is the CBC funded against the wills of so many taxpayers, it (like the other main stream media sources CTV, Global, National Post, Huff, etc.) puts itself out there as unbiased. With a pretend – nod to being competitive it says you should go to them for all the news, everything that’s important, fair and unbiased, etc. But, it isn’t. It’s as biased as possible. Now, Sun, and TheRebel, these guys aren’t unbiased. They never said they weren’t. So, slow learners like you seem to get confused by that. TheRebel is biased. They put that right up front, never representing themselves as unbiased. So, one of these media outlets is lying, and the other one isn’t. Do you need more time to figure out which one is which?
commented 2015-06-15 20:07:53 -0400
Bill,

So in your world – an audience of millions equals no one?

It’s amazing how conservatives here have no idea what kind of ratings the CBC gets – they just assume that no one is watching or listening to CBC – because their friends don’t watch CBC either, thus no one is watching.
commented 2015-06-15 20:04:18 -0400
Rick,

Again – SNN was in 5 MILLION homes and only a handful of people wanted to watch. That is the reality.

In addition, SNN was completely hypocritical when it came to the whole carriage issue:

In 2013, Sun News Network argued to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that it needed so-called “mandatory carriage” for five years, which would place it on every basic cable subscription, boosting its profile and guaranteeing 18 cents in revenue per subscriber each month. Anything less would be a “death sentence,” vice-president Kory Teneycke warned at the time. The network lost its bid and, in the process, exposed itself to charges of hypocrisy.

Mr. Teneycke had penned a 2010 column attacking mandatory carriage as “tantamount to a tax on everyone with cable or satellite service,” and Sun News Network regularly criticized the CBC for relying on mandated public funding.

Just because you don’t support the CBC or see it as an important service for Canada, doesn’t mean that other Canadians and the broadcasting industry itself feel as you do. The CBC may change or adapt to the times like all media is having to do, but you are fooling yourself if you actually believe that the CBC will come to an end and no longer exist.
commented 2015-06-15 19:51:31 -0400
A better question is why is a network no one watches still sucking up billions – Let’s drop the pretense and callit wat it is: a make work project for unemployable aging hippies.
commented 2015-06-15 19:28:32 -0400
Deborah,

Those are the facts about SNN – sorry if that bothers you, since you were among the few thousand people that watched out of 5 million that chose to watch something else besides SNN.
commented 2015-06-15 18:01:35 -0400
“I am all for a conservative news network, but all SNN did was show how not to do it. Hopefully when the next attempt is made for a conservative news network in Canada, they will analyze SNN and not make the same stupid mistakes.” Hey Jimmy. Perhaps you could take the lead and show us all how its done? " You are missing the point – we live in Canada. Not America. CTV, Global and the other networks only exist because they show American content that everyone wants to see. If CTV and Global could only show Canadian content and represent a Canadian perspective like the CBC, they would all die tomorrow." Well Jimmy. Everything in Canada is regulated by the CRTC. The implicit support from these beaurocrats largely determines which outlet survives based on their cable rankings. SNN was available on cable in some areas of the country. I agree. However, in my case, and in many I know, it was in the “Nose Bleed” end of the cable rankings requiring considerable expense of obtaining channels one didn’t really want to get the one station. This is the reason SNN went for basic carriage, which the CRTC ultmately refused instead “granting” us Al Jazeera! I myself, watched SNN from time to time over the internet as I refused to pay the exhorbitant fees the cable company wanted for all the extra “tiers” just to get the network. It all boils down to economies at the end of day.
Jimmy says: “The CBC was created and exists to the support and showcase Canada and Canadians.” Well, so was the National Railway built, now Canadian National. Time moves on. The Railway is not as relevant today as in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We have many other transporation options. I have ridden the Trans Continental Railway trip and loved it! However, I consider it more quaint then practical or efficient as many of us simply do not have the luxury of time for such a trip. CBC along with all others is facing a new reality. There are many information options as well. The taxpayer should not be propping one up over the others. Level the playing field and let each find their own way.
commented 2015-06-15 17:59:47 -0400
I agree with you Jimmy when you comment on WHY the cbc was originally created , that being said lets go to the hypothetical on what Brian’s article confronts. Say cbc co. Makes widgets and is subsidize by the government, then Jimmy co. Comes along and makes a better widget, cbc co. doesn’t like that so they in turn make a better widget and gives it away for free and puts Jimmy co. out of business. That’s not free enterprise and also not a level playing field. For that reason alone I would have to say that the cbc should have to be able to try to stand on it’s own. I myself would not like it to be dismantled entirely but fair is fair.
commented 2015-06-15 17:49:24 -0400
Jimmy – You are quite the mind reader, and a real know it all! Keep it up, and maybe we will pitch in and buy you a crystal ball.
commented 2015-06-15 17:24:32 -0400
Deborah,

Of course you like The Rebel – they are the spewing the shit you want to hear and already agree with.

SNN didn’t fail due to carriage issues – SNN failed, because it was fucking joke of a “news” station. SNN was available in 5 million homes and they often could only get a few thousand people to watch. That’s pathetic. More people were watching the Fireplace Channel.

When SNN died – many conservatives said that they weren’t surprised by the death of SNN, because as much as they wanted a conservative news network, they just couldn’t stand watching SNN. Even the Sun had to admit that SNN was a mess.

I am all for a conservative news network, but all SNN did was show how not to do it. Hopefully when the next attempt is made for a conservative news network in Canada, they will analyze SNN and not make the same stupid mistakes.
commented 2015-06-15 17:20:36 -0400
Rick,

You are missing the point – we live in Canada. Not America. CTV, Global and the other networks only exist because they show American content that everyone wants to see. If CTV and Global could only show Canadian content and represent a Canadian perspective like the CBC, they would all die tomorrow.

The CBC was created and exists to the support and showcase Canada and Canadians. Now obviously you can’t please everyone – there is always going to be someone that complains, but I think the CBC has done a ton of good for Canada. I am always amazed when my America and British friends tell me that they love the CBC.
commented 2015-06-15 17:00:48 -0400
Yes Jim, I do like what TheRebel is producing. They are actually trying to keep the public informed on major news events, which is the exact opposite of what the lame stream media pumps out. The CRTC, the Marxist control freaks just couldn’t allow all that truth to get out on a conservative news channel, now could they? Now since we don’t have any other conservative news source in Canada, I will take what TheRebel is offering. The Marxists want the people dumbed down so that the UN can take over.
commented 2015-06-15 16:59:09 -0400
“But aren’t the other news outlets just as bad – people here complain about CBC, CTV, Global The Star – it never ends. No matter if it’s privately funded or tax funded” Well, to create a level playing field, tax dollars should not be at work. Let each stand on their own merits. When SNN went down, all the lefties cheered saying they couldn’t compete. That may be very true. The Rebel is in it’s infancy, so time will determine where it goes. Competing viewpoints are good for the economy and for persons to make up their own minds as to events. No one should rely on any one source. CBC should have the opportunity to make or break sans tax dollars as everyone else. If they are truly offering what people want, they will gain advertising revenue and survive and thrive. This all may a moot point however, as Social Media, and Internet based information presentations gain more ground as the population becomes more computer literate.
commented 2015-06-15 16:24:47 -0400
Rick,

But aren’t the other news outlets just as bad – people here complain about CBC, CTV, Global The Star – it never ends. No matter if it’s privately funded or tax funded – the media is evil, except for The Rebel of course.