October 03, 2016

CBC nailed as “uber-predator” by media executive

Brian LilleyArchive

Did I hear that right? Media executives from the private sector called out CBC’s expansion beyond their mandate before the House of Commons Heritage Committee. Not one but two executives telling MPs that CBC is competing too much with the private sector, with one even using the term “uber-predator.”

It comes as CBC continues their hiring spree and expansion while other media outlets are shrinking. The latest example is CBC launching an online only opinion section, much like newspaper opinion pages, hiring Robyn Urback away from the National Post to run it.

This is something that goes well beyond their mandate.

CBC is mandated by Parliament to run radio and television services across Canada. With the advent of the digital age they’ve used the excuse that they need to promote and showcase their content online but anyone paying attention knows that CBC’s online offerings long ago stopped being about promoting radio or TV shows and became all about being the biggest media empire in Canada; a digital powerhouse taking on all comers and using tax dollars to compete.

It’s why John Honderich of the left wing, CBC supporting Toronto Star complained to the committee. It’s important to point out that this wasn’t me or someone from the Sun tabloids or a conservative of any sort telling MPs that CBC is unfairly competing, it is the head of TorStar. For a while, the Star ran a whole section on their website defending and celebrating the beauty of CBC.

But as Honderich told the committee, they are the biggest competitor for his newspaper and he wants changes.

Imagine the Toronto Star calling for changes. It’s interesting now that they’re taking away his ad revenues, he has concerns about competition.

And well he should. Honderich told the committee that he used to employ nearly 500 journalists, but the evaporation of ad sales markets have forced cuts and now the Star has less than 200 journalists.

Shocking isn’t it?

But CBC is still hiring and expanding. The Robyn Urback hire is to run what essentially amounts to a columnists website at CBC, well outside their mandate which is why James Baxter who started a publication called iPolitics told the committee that CBC is a predator.

CBC supporters will claim the state broadcaster is filling a void, doing what the private sector won’t do, serving under served markets but that’s poppycock.

CBC’s latest expansions whether into a columnist and opinion section, into digital only newsrooms in places like Hamilton, Kelowna or London are nothing but the government owned enterprise using their billion dollar plus per year subsidy to compete against the private sector.

As Baxter told the committee, CBC’s practices are having a chilling effect on entrepreneurs like him and scaring away investors.

CBC as uber-predator, stealing talent, expanding into new areas and killing off the competition using money that comes from the taxes those very same competitors pay.

It’s a great system isn’t it?

And CBC isn’t just doing this on the news side. They’re competing with the private sector in digital media on all fronts from offering a music streaming service that plays Adele, Michael Buble and other artists, to running a Netflix type service aimed at Francophones in Quebec for $6.99 per month.

When did any of this become part of CBC’s mandate?

CBC takes $1.1B per year from taxpayers and got an additional $150M per year from the Trudeau Liberals still claiming they don’t have enough money to broadcast properly but they’re expanding into digital everywhere, and this is on purpose.

Their 2015 plan called “Everyone, Every way” promises to see CBC expand into more digital news, more TV shows and programming just for the online world.

This is an expansion that should be stopped because it’s killing off local media across the country.

Roger’s has announced fewer print copies of Chatelaine and MacLeans and have announced layoffs.

Every broadcaster in the country – except for CBC – has been going through round after round of layoffs.

Same with newspapers.

I’ve been warning media executives for years that CBC was expanding well beyond their mandate and they wanted to be king of all media. To replace the local newspaper, to replace the local pop music station, to replace all the other outlets at once.

Some media executives are finally waking up to this and that’s a good thing but it will take politicians waking up for something to actually be done to stop it.

CBC needs to be reigned in. I’ve long said they should be sold off but if we can’t have that, we can at least ask the government to make them stick to their mandate.

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commented 2016-10-05 11:17:20 -0400
Benoit and Cameron, worker ants for the elites. It will look good on you. You do realize that you pay for the CBC. That is if you pay taxes and for that you would have to have a job. Oh! the CBC is hiring.
Fecking commies.
commented 2016-10-05 10:10:01 -0400
Last I checked, the Broadcasting act has no mention of specifically restricting broadcasting means to Television and Radio, but up to any athor mean of broadcasting, which by the way includes streaming, podcast and Web pages. Your argument is invalid.
commented 2016-10-04 19:51:53 -0400
Whaaaaa they offered me a job and I get paid more. Whaaaaaaa. They took me from the public sector to build a better news place for all Canadians. Whaaaaaa rebel news post.
commented 2016-10-04 17:42:03 -0400
Carbon taxes to force us in to the city, new mortgage rules to prevent us from owning, new voting to prevent us from changing governments, topped off by a state run media to “keep us informed”. sound much like a totalitarian dictatorship to you?
commented 2016-10-04 10:52:59 -0400
The Canadian MSM never saw it coming. What a bunch of suckers.
commented 2016-10-04 09:33:30 -0400
With all that money they have to do something. What a scam!
commented 2016-10-04 09:10:39 -0400
The C.B.C. is run by communists and staffed with air heads.
commented 2016-10-04 08:45:16 -0400
Drew said, :"Any liberal media crying about this can go to hell, they supported it when it was screwing Sun news. You asked for it and lied for it, so enjoy! "

Hear, hear!

Maybe their (the once complicit Liberal media) demise will open the path for more balanced media … like TheRebel increasing its’ readership an hundred fold.
commented 2016-10-04 08:42:31 -0400
@ Brian Lilley

Bob Egli said, “No one has mentioned that Brian Lilly wrote an excellent book exposing the CBC. It could use an update on CBC trying to steal the Internet business.”

Brian, I agree with Bob. It was an excellent book, is there an updated version that I can buy?
commented 2016-10-04 02:24:17 -0400
Are we going to only be able to download CBC liberal approved music as well?
commented 2016-10-04 02:23:38 -0400
Any liberal media crying about this can go to hell, they supported it when it was screwing Sun news. You asked for it and lied for it, so enjoy!
commented 2016-10-04 02:19:45 -0400
Wait until CBC starts acquiring Canadian media competitors Brian.

….welcome to Clusterfuck-nada.

CBC is a liberal PR firm – this can only be good for Rebel Media – kicking CBC is in the nuts is child’s play with their mandated socialist push.
commented 2016-10-04 00:44:45 -0400
The next step is for the UN anti-defamation, pro-globalist regulations to become official Liberal policy. No more Rebel, no more NewsHubNation, no more freedom of the press.
No more criticism of the Trudeau gov’t because that would be defamatory to Islam.
commented 2016-10-04 00:28:49 -0400
No one has mentioned that Brian Lilly wrote an excellent book exposing the CBC. It could use an update on CBC trying to steal the Internet business.
PM Harper also deserves credit for taking away 100 million from the CBC. Unfortunately Trudeau gave it back plus half a billion.
commented 2016-10-03 23:27:50 -0400
Robyn Urback is über-intelligent, funny, and definitely not a socialist. I wonder how she got hired at the CBC. She’ll have to plug her nose to work there every day.

Maybe she can even restore some balance to the place. Lord knows they need it.
commented 2016-10-03 23:20:03 -0400
Keith Barnes asked, "How long before they [CBC] start broadcasting Muslim Prayers five times a day. "

Good question. Long after I have moved on to the “next emanation”, I hope.
commented 2016-10-03 22:38:51 -0400
Robert. Good points. I agree that The Rebel has had an effect on msm. Bad as they are, they’ve been forced to deal with issues they’d rather not, thanks to Ezra and co.

It’s really too bad. I was in touch with two prominent scientists to act as witnesses to file charges against the CBC, but they withered on me. It’s a LOT of work, and they weren’t up for it. Too bad :(
commented 2016-10-03 22:34:06 -0400
F**K the CBC.
They ’ll never be able to compete with THE REBEL or INFO WARS or BREITBART
commented 2016-10-03 22:30:06 -0400
Andre’ Good points. I think it should be split up into a 1000 little pieces and nobody can buy more than one piece. And no assumed names or offshore corp’s etc.

With Trudon’t changing the voting and CBC quickly becoming the ONLY msm site in Canada – just imagine the situation as those two events converge. We will quite suddenly find ourselves living on Animal Farm! (which will be unionized of course).
commented 2016-10-03 22:22:39 -0400
You do realize the reason the Star finally put two and 2 together is from watching Ezra rail about this very thing here on the rebel ;) You know the top brass at the Star is ALL UP IN THIS BITCH!
They’re checking back here every 2 minutes looking for new stuff (like me).
commented 2016-10-03 22:17:11 -0400
The CBC is supposed to present the news to all Canadians. They are supposed to present ALL the news in an UNBIASED, UNMAGED way. They DO NOT; their license should be revoked.
Honderich and his friends should make up their mind………..do they want big government or do they want free enterprise. Conservatives and small government can do, (and did), a lot more good for the country than the warped Liberal idealist of today. You want to privatize the CBC……….. Soros will be the first one in line to buy it. (under an assumed name)
commented 2016-10-03 22:13:55 -0400
No it’s out of control. I watch to get angry
commented 2016-10-03 22:03:49 -0400
I avoid the CBC in all its forms! The CBC is a bias truth twisting propaganda firm of the Liberal Party or anyone else that will pay them off. It should be sold as it is no longer needed.
commented 2016-10-03 21:34:29 -0400
Good sign other news and entertainment sources are starting to complain.
Since they are making decent revenue off of advertising (?) they shouldn’t be getting our taxpayer money also. This is just so wrong on so many levels. The CBC isn’t just annoying it’s becoming more dangerous by the minute. Free press?

I know a lot of people who dis the CBC, still tune in somewhat regularly. Its time to completely cut them off if you haven’t already. Anyone who works there is scum in my book.
commented 2016-10-03 21:30:03 -0400
Last Comment Caadistan should read Canadistan.
commented 2016-10-03 21:27:20 -0400
How long before they start broadcasting Muslim Prayers five times a day.

Here is the 10 o’clock prayer. Stop work, Kow Tow down to the East and learn how to kill Christians.

Then Pray for Caadistan.

Sub note,
I do not suffer from Islamophobia, I suffer from Islamophonia
commented 2016-10-03 20:38:52 -0400
I thought creating a monopoly was supposed to be illegal. Its grotesque that it is sponsored by the government and forced funded by us who have no say.
commented 2016-10-03 20:38:10 -0400
Take away taxpayer funding, and let CBC compete on a level playing field. But we all know that won’t happen, because they are the well greased propaganda machine for the liberal party and the UN. They are a disgrace to democracy. Harper should have cut them loose when he had the chance.
commented 2016-10-03 20:36:04 -0400
This star guy wants money from the government too. The answer is to privatize cbc not for the government to start susidizing every media outlet in the country
commented 2016-10-03 20:28:56 -0400
Well if you haven’t figured it by now you never will.This country is moving toward an authoritarian regime . the left and the cbc are getting rid of all opposition. The CTV and Global and most news outlets in print were all helping for the last 25 years or more,but now the CBC doesn’t need them anymore. With the feds handing over hundreds of millions of dollars to the CBC and what ever else they need ,they can demonize and slander anyone that does not have the same globalist views as them and the liberal govt. Glad I lived and grew up in the best of times 50s 60s 70s cause its only getting worse and you cant stop it