Friday, March 04, 2011

Defund the cbc

Senator Demint has a good piece about removing npr and pbs' remaining government funding. Public broadcasters are inevitably leftist. They know it is the leftist political parties who will continue funding them. Let these state and public broadcasters be privatized. Let them be biased without public money.
 cbc has terrible ratings. Most Canadians don't watch or listen to cbc. Why should they get $ 1 billion in public money.

Public Broadcasting Should Go Private
If these outfits can afford to pay lavish salaries to their heads, they don't need taxpayer help.


When presidents of government-funded broadcasting are making more than the president of the United States, it's time to get the government out of public broadcasting.

While executives at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) are raking in massive salaries, the organizations are participating in an aggressive lobbying effort to prevent Congress from saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year by cutting their subsidies. The so-called commercial free public airwaves have been filled with pleas for taxpayer cash. The Association of Public Television Stations has hired lobbyists to fight the cuts. Hundreds of taxpayer-supported TV, radio and Web outlets have partnered with an advocacy campaign to facilitate emails and phone calls to Capitol Hill for the purpose of telling members of Congress, "Public broadcasting funding is too important to eliminate!"

PBS President Paula Kerger even recorded a personal television appeal that told viewers exactly how to contact members of Congress in order to "let your representative know how you feel about the elimination of funding for public broadcasting." But if PBS can pay Ms. Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation—as reported on the 990 tax forms all nonprofits are required to file—surely it can operate without tax dollars.


Louise said...

Hear! Hear!

Anonymous said...

The CBC jumped on side to suport the Lawfare suit by CAIR and Maher Arar for his alleged harm while globe-trotting to ME nations and was caught trying to sneak into the USA at JFK airport.
But this was in 2005 and yet when I searched the CBC archives for a story I remembered about Maher Arar....I saw how the CBC interview from 2003 had Arar saying he was treated well by the USA and that it was JORDAN the abused him and then he was taken back to Syria as a Draft-Dodger for a Military trial.
How can the CBC bash the USA and take sides with a pro-Shariah law CAIR-Canada that help Arar sue us, and yet didn't even use their own stories to read how maher Arar changed his story about Jordan and claimed he was tortured in his homeland of Syria and he avoided his Military Court trail when he fled Syria for canada.
CBC still goes to the Whahhabi/Shariah law CAIR-canada for the moderate view of islam.

Lynn said...

I have heard repeatedly that CBC has low ratings,so to verity this I have searched the internet,but have been unable to find a site that clearly shows the percentages of viewers.

I am no expert on internet research,so may have missed the site. Can someone direct me to a site which shows the ratings for TV and/or Radio shows at any given time?

I watch HNIC on CBC,and occasionally a documentary on CBC Newsworld, but probably watch the two CBC channels combined maybe 10% of the time.

Most News shows are so biased against anything non-progressive,I have to change the channel to keep my blood pressure in the normal range.

The Network should be sold to private owners,and if the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting want a Canadian cultural channel, let them find sponsors for it.

Canadian taxpayers are forced to pay for multiple services we don't need or want,and CBC is the most visible and irritating "straw" on our backs.


Ronald said...

I disagree, public broadcaster don't have to be leftist. Just look at the BBC under Reith, which espoused conservatism. Just taking the money away won't suddenly make the CBC less biased. Surely the best route is to make the CBC more conservative. Besides I can't stand listening to or watch adverts.

Anonymous said...

Hockey Night in Canada would be bought by one of the cable companies, the only thing worth watching on CBC, sell the hard assets and issue the pink slips.

There are things much more worthy to spend 1.1 Billion a year on, like more doctors and nurses for rural Canada.

Alain said...

Be their agenda left-wing or right-wing, they should be privatised. They can do whatever they like, provided it is on their own dime.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind that a broadcaster like the CBC leans left. What disgusts me is that I have to pay for it through taxes.

Because the CBC get 2/3 of its funding from us taxpayers approved by government, it is first and foremost a big-government advocate.

Conservatives would be unwise to simply reduce its subsidy. The smart move would be to cut it completely, the day after a buget vote.


Don said...

Quoting Anonymous: "There are things much more worthy to spend 1.1 Billion a year on, like more doctors and nurses for rural Canada."

I think we'd be better off just putting that towards our debt and deficit. Once those are paid off, it'll be a lot easier to find money for health care.

Anonymous said...

Okay…I said I wouldn’t watch the Liberal propaganda show of the CBC that is campaigning for the Coalition party(Election Canada, where are you) but I must admit I watched part of it. There was Pat Martin, Joe Volpe and Evan Solomon ATTACKING the lone Conservative(like the election debates) on Election Expenses…what a pack of hypocrites…..remember this in 2006…when pat Martin was against Joe Volpre and tonight they are together…how odd,,,It was okay with Elections Canada though…lololol

Apotex donations:Volpe’s campaign was hindered by controversy. In May 2006, the Canadian media reported that he had received $108,000 in donations from current and former executives of the drug company Apotex Inc., and each of their spouses and children. All of the donations were for $5,400, the maximum allowed for individual donations under the law, while five cheques were in the names of children under eighteen years of age. Companies are banned from donating money to a federal leadership campaign and individuals are prohibited from donating money on behalf of someone else, although donations from minors are not illegal. Critics charged that the Apotex contributions may have been an attempt to sidestep Canada’s laws on corporate donations. NDP MP Pat Martin accused Volpe of deliberately orchestrating fraudulent donations and asked the Elections Commissioner to investigate whether “individuals may be trying to circumvent campaign fundraising limits”. After Volpe threatened a libel suit, Martin said that his initial accusation was an overstatement but maintained that his call for an investigation was justified. While other parties criticized the donations, Liberal national director Steven MacKinnon stated that the party would not launch an investigation, arguing that it was the responsibility of Elections Canada to regulate donations.[84][85] The donations were parodied by a website called “”.[86]

Volpe responded by promising to return any donations that contravened the letter or spirit of the law. He returned the five cheques from minors after extensive media criticism, and denied that any laws had been broken. The controversy nonetheless damaged his candidacy.[87][88][89] Sukh Dhaliwal withdrew his support from Volpe after the controversy broke, saying “I think this thing should not happen in any campaign”.[90] Other Liberals requested that Volpe withdraw from the contest due to negative publicity, but he said that this was not an option he was considering.[91] In July 2006, Volpe argued that the Federal Accountability Act should be amended to prevent persons under eighteen from contributing to political campaigns.[92]

On December 5, 2006, Elections Canada stated that Volpe had not violated election financing law in accepting the contributions.[93]

This looks like the CBC and elections Canada bias to me.

Anonymous said...

I am a senior and listen to CBC radio everyday and find their programs diverse and informative. I watch CBCNW Power and Politics for opinions. Don Newman offered a quality program and non-partisan wheras the current person is more Conservative. I think CBC deserve public funding because it is less partisan than CTV.It is a tough job today doing public programs as it seems that one is under the gun to comply with present government preferences for support for their idealogy. It's to the point that one is intimidated to make one's point of view public. I support the CBC, will continue to watch CTV and other stations, some radio showa to ensure that I'm informed about what other viewers and listeners think.

CanadianSense said...

Hockey Night in Canada and Dragon's Den only show that made top 30 this week.

The CBC should not use our money to fund the NHL, let a private broadcaster pick it up.