October 01, 2016

CBC is driving other Canadian media out of business — with their own tax dollars

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's show, I looked at the dramatic announcement by Rogers Media that is was drastically cutting back on its magazine section, slashing the number of issues of Chatelaine and Maclean's it would be putting out. 

There are many reasons this is happening, but the existence of the CBC doesn't help.

Today, more than 50 per cent of working journalists in Canada work for the CBC. Their salaries are paid by your tax dollars.

And the tax dollars paid by Rogers. And the Star. And all their other private sector competitors…

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commented 2016-10-04 13:33:02 -0400
Great… CBC controls the narrative… just great…
commented 2016-10-03 17:16:21 -0400
Well, it’s not that the rest of the media is angry, or anything like that. Jealous would be more like it. 99 percent of them would sell their already shriveled souls for a CBC pay cheque.
commented 2016-10-03 13:12:48 -0400
The CBC is an equal opportunity diverse organization in all respects , excluding of course people of conservative convictions and religious values. If conservatives declared themselves a MINORITY, we could force the CBC to start hiring people on the right.
When Harper had a majority he should have had the guts to sell off the human waste that is the CBC. Its our own fault. Afraid to go to war with the element that is destroying our country.
commented 2016-10-03 09:52:47 -0400
“Drew Wakariuk commented 17 hours ago
Andrew you said the story was wrong and you named some other false cause, in other words just what you described as a strawman argument. You do realize perspective and opinion have a role in that eh?

No, I said that the CBC is not the primary problem with “private media” – the fact they haven’f figured out how to make anywhere near the same revenue levels on web-based platforms as they do in print.

In essence, the implication is that ending the CBC would “fix” what is wrong with other media is a logical fallacy. No, ending the CBC will not fix the financial issues faced by Rogers or Torstar, since that’s not where their problems arise. Rogers’ share of CBC funding is a couple million dollars, which is a rounding error in a 4 billion dollar conglomerate.

Levant is not exactly impartial on this. How much of this is motivated by the revenue the Rebel is generating, or not. I would guess he’s nowhere close to recouping his costs (his 40k daily views are only worth a couple grand a month at typical CPM rates, of $3/1000 or so).
commented 2016-10-03 02:53:58 -0400
The CBC is a leftist propaganda tool. Let it drive all the rest of the leftist media out of business for all I care.

Nobody will miss Maclean’s.
commented 2016-10-02 20:26:50 -0400
If I were Pizza Pizza, I’d be pretty upset about some of my taxes going to help Pizza Hut crowd out my business but that’s just me. I suppose the preservation of a defacto subsidized Liberal Party propaganda outlet is worth the cost.
commented 2016-10-02 20:21:35 -0400
Last year, the CBC made more than $333 million from advertising. That is money for which other media outlets are competing. The CBC also received $1.036 billion in government funding last year.


The CBC’s competitors are basically paying taxes to help a huge competitor create subsidized content and attract advertisers.

Craig Oliver made an interesting admission 6 years ago to Ezra Levant. He asked why Sun News was needed since it would be similar to other news networks and would provide unwanted competition for networks already struggling for audiences.


If Sun News was viewed as unwanted competition, how could the CBC not be viewed as unwanted as well?
commented 2016-10-02 20:07:35 -0400
Jerry Crossman commented _ “I will not support an isreali AIPAC pandering rag”

I guess you don’t read much because 90% of print media and most all of Hollywood and network TV is owned by what you consider “zionists”.

So toddle off to you little Ariyan brotherhood society meeting and leave the heavy intellectual lifting to others more suited to the task.
commented 2016-10-02 17:17:51 -0400
I never bothered addressing Andrew’s comments because it is pointless, but that is because the one thing I have learned about socialists is that they cannot see the facts right in front of their face.
commented 2016-10-02 17:09:07 -0400
Andrew CBC is very much socialism, what part of that don’t you get??
commented 2016-10-02 17:07:48 -0400
Andrew you said the story was wrong and you named some other false cause, in other words just what you described as a strawman argument. You do realize perspective and opinion have a role in that eh?
commented 2016-10-02 17:06:04 -0400
Andrew when you called his argument strawman you were doing the same thing. You did not refute any of his claims. And yes i did address them , they are fallacy.
commented 2016-10-02 14:28:54 -0400
I support Israel. Canada has always up until this pm supported Israel. Israel is the only spot of sanity in the middle east. They are our friends and allies.
But you are off topic Jerry.
commented 2016-10-02 14:24:01 -0400
There was a show filmed in the North a few years ago, the name escapes me. It was not bad and I watched it. I think it lasted 2 seasons. The reasons given were that it was too expensive to shoot. Think about that, a show the CBC admitted was too expensive to shoot. A scary thought indeed! If any of it were good enough you would think other countries might have picked up some of their shows. It seems the CBC uses American and British shows as filler. That’s TV, the radio broadcasting these days is so unapologetically SJW that it curdles my gut. None of what the CBC has to offer seems very Canadian anymore. Hell, Canada doesn’t seem very Canadian anymore. Thanks for nothing CBC. Our tax dollars hard at work.
commented 2016-10-02 14:13:39 -0400
It’s too bad Ezra panders too isreal so much or I would donate a few bucks but I tend too vote with my dollar this is my criticism of the rebel I live all of your other work and I too say sell the cbc but I will not support an isreali AIPAC pandering rag
commented 2016-10-02 11:33:10 -0400
Last nights ratings are up and it shows that in Canadian cable ratings TSN ranked 1st with the CFL games and CBC came in a distant 24 th even behind discovery channel
commented 2016-10-02 11:25:28 -0400
Andrew . . . . The Government and the CBC control the media in this country.
The CRTC keeps a lid on the marketplace . . . so REAL competition does NOT EXIST.
The CBC is Canada’s Pravda . . . mouthpiece for the far-left and the Lieberal Party. The created the terminally incompetent Justin and get most of the credit for the basket case Canada is becoming today.
CBC lies by omission, daily . . . Canadians have no idea how bad things are in Europe or even the USA by watching this gaggle of loons who suck up 100s of millions of our tax dollars every year.
commented 2016-10-02 10:27:25 -0400
“Drew Wakariuk commented 6 hours ago
Andrew your strawman arguments are not fact ,i refuted them and you know it. "

You might do well to go look up those words before you start parroting me.

The ‘strawman" term refers to Peter’s decision to not address my comments, and instead start arguing about socialists, a topic I didn’t bring up and of limited relevance to the topic at hand.

Your tax argument is somewhat more topical, though you didn’t really address my comments either.
commented 2016-10-02 10:08:12 -0400
Yzowl – Just another socialists troll.
commented 2016-10-02 10:07:36 -0400
YZOWL….Just more SJW BS.
commented 2016-10-02 09:50:59 -0400
The Rebel… Just more conservative BS.
commented 2016-10-02 04:54:29 -0400
Andrew please prove your argument if you can. Sorry but taxes affect every type of private business.
commented 2016-10-02 04:53:22 -0400
Andrew your strawman arguments are not fact ,i refuted them and you know it.
commented 2016-10-01 23:41:18 -0400
CBC? What’s that? Oh yeah, I remember now. Years ago we used to watch their intelligent news programming, now they’re “programming” the news for us.
commented 2016-10-01 22:43:01 -0400
According to the ratings services even the Rio Olympics didn’t raise CBC’s dismal ratings spiral, more people watched the Blue Jays and CFL that week
commented 2016-10-01 20:56:20 -0400
I challenge any CBC fanboy to provide three socioeconomic benefits of a state funded media outlet.
Kindly explain why media conglomerates like CTV (aka bell media) can survive without government handouts that the CBC depends on?
commented 2016-10-01 20:46:19 -0400
Andy said, “Strawman arguments about socialism don’t actually refute anything I wrote.”

Not trying to. There is no point in arguing with a brick wall.
commented 2016-10-01 20:30:17 -0400
There is absolutely no reason for any democratic society to have a state funded media outlet!!! The CBC is ultimately run by corporate s1uts that will do and say anything to maintain their prime position at the tax payer trough!!!
Any media outlet that is funded by taxes is nothing short of a conflict of interest!!!
The CBC has a history of demonstrating its inability to be a fair and unbiased media outlet. CBC whores are solely concerned with their own self preservation and are incapable of delivering an unbiased news report that is not politically motivated for their own benefit.
commented 2016-10-01 19:16:31 -0400
There is not a chance in hell that the CBC would survive with out our money. If we were to separate, there would be no more subsidy from the west.
commented 2016-10-01 19:14:36 -0400
Same here Bill Elder. I never bother with CBC. I think the number of viewer/listeners is shrinking daily, yet Justin is providing them with more of our money and they are hiring like bats out of hell. Canada is becoming one pathetic country under Trudeau’s socialist party. I am no longer proud to be from Canada, We are fast becoming a laughing stock, a mere shadow of the great country we once were. It makes me want to cry and it makes me want to separate from the neutered east.