Leaked CBC memo shows Mother Corp will ask for more cash

According to my source that sent me this unsent internal CBC memo, this was intended to hit the inboxes of CBC employees tomorrow:

(emphasis mine)

Of course, as noted, this occurs within the context of the global economic crisis. Despite this, CBC received $1.1 Billion from the taxpayer last year. According to the CRTC, CBC employs 10,200 people paying out $771,074,000 in salaries and benefits. This means that the average payout per employee at the CBC is $75,595.

Comparatively, the total numbers of employees at private broadcasters in this country is 7,402 with total salaries and benefits of $576,900,000. The average payout per employee is $77,938.

Is the CBC trimming the fat, or do they need some central planning from the government to help them do so? Months ago, it was reported that the executive VP for French-services expensed over $80,000 for travel, meals, and theatre tickets.

If any of this is making you sick, the next fact won’t make you feel any better. The CBC lost $15 million in 2006-2007 paying for 68,000 sick days for its employees.

In any self-respecting story about taxpayer abuse, there’s a no-expense-spared trip to Paris. The CBC doesn’t disappoint as that same executive VP that billed $80,000 in expenses also bought a $6,000 plane ticket to the French capital and billed over $2,000 in hotel, meal and cab expenses. Nice work if you can get it.

This lagresse is offensive when private news outlets such as Canwest and CTVGlobemedia are slashing jobs, dropping bureaus and cutting expenses. For example, CTV opted out of the Parliamentary Press Gallery dinner this year while Canwest has cut 5% of their workforce and even asked reporters and staffers to voluntarily return their cellphones because the company can’t afford to equip everyone that needs one. Jobs have also been cut at the Globe and Mail. The news business is hurting across Canada and CBC asks the government for “financial flexibility”.

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  • Gabby in QC

    ” … while Harper has taxpayer money from the PMO pay CTV hundreds of thousands to air his addresses to Canadians?”

    I'm sorry to be a doubting Thomasina, but I'm loathe to accept that statement solely on your say-so. Could you provide some documentation to that effect?
    It's well and good to make all sorts of allegations, but you know darn well that “a proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof, and when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven.”

  • Robert

    Cut backs to the CBC may affect future GG selections. Is that a risk we should be taking?

  • Helen

    You want an example, Ker? Just watch Don Newman.

  • Old Fellow

    Robert, one day ago, said, “Cut backs to the CBC may affect future GG selections. Is that a risk we should be taking?”

    Yep!! Go for it.

  • Crankman

    Hey take your shot…but don't try to mislead me. For example, you cite the CBC's sick time as if it's some big scandal infecting the whole place. CBC actually has a better lost-time record than the federal government. One part of CBC does have a poor record, but most of the Corp is actually pretty good on sick time. It was also interesting you made a big deal of the CBC's average pay+benefits per employee at 75,595 as if that was also a big scandal. Is it an even bigger scandal that pay+benefits in private broadcasting are higher at $77,938? Furthermore, bundling benefits AND pay inflates the figures. That's not an average CBC or CTV paycheque–it is probably 15 or 18% less than that. Media is highly competitive and those are the going rates for talent. I can tell you're trying to make it look like CBC people have created a nicely feathered nest.
    Fair enough, make your arguments for or against public broadcasting. But be honest with the facts and context of your arguments.

  • Bec

    Holy smokes, guys. CBC, is supposed to stand for, CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, not, whatever we decide you need to be lectured about today and you damned well better believe us, CORPORATION.

    I cannot believe that a single poster on this sight would defend our tax dollars being spent on any form of biased journalism.
    The CBC, has lost it's way and I refuse to support a government supported NATIONAL broadcaster, that only speaks to a fraction of the Canadian population.
    Trust me, the North have satellite dishes and do not need the CBC either.
    None of us do so send them packing. Esta la vista, CBC.

  • batb

    John Doyle has a good article at the Probe and Fail today:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RT

    “The CBC can't have it both ways.”

    Exactly my point a week ago: Either be a public broadcaster and rely on government largesse OR support yourself from ad revenues but not both.

    It's taken Mr. Doyle awhile, though, to write his article. I don't think he's covered any points that haven't been made here or elsewhere in the blogosphere. If journalists wait long enough, they can get all they need to know RIGHT HERE!

  • Tom

    Without the CBC / Radio-Canada , we don't have a country we can call home .If any of you had a chance to travel extensively like I have , you would have noticed the large amount of garbage and junk food for the brain that most of the countries without a goverment funded broadcaster put across their tv screens .Wake up Canada , for a country that screams identity and uniqueness, how dare any of you want to demolish and take the CBC off the air .Yes , I agree , a clean-up is a must and so is some belt tightening .The CBC is a highly respected broadcaster all over the world and they do all this with much less money than the BBC or other well known public broadcasters .BRAVO TO THE CBC AND RADIO-CANADA FOR MAKING ALL CANADIANS PROUD ! We want intelligent educational and entertaining programs that only you can do with so little money to do it .

  • Tom

    Without the CBC / Radio-Canada , we don’t have a country we can call home .If any of you had a chance to travel extensively like I have , you would have noticed the large amount of garbage and junk food for the brain that most of the countries without a goverment funded broadcaster put across their tv screens .Wake up Canada , for a country that screams identity and uniqueness, how dare any of you want to demolish and take the CBC off the air .Yes , I agree , a clean-up is a must and so is some belt tightening .The CBC is a highly respected broadcaster all over the world and they do all this with much less money than the BBC or other well known public broadcasters .BRAVO TO THE CBC AND RADIO-CANADA FOR MAKING ALL CANADIANS PROUD ! We want intelligent educational and entertaining programs that only you can do with so little money to do it .

  • btok

    CBC Better hope that the Off-Shore Foreign Bankers building the NWO don't win an election in Canada and chop it up – Send a piece to Brazil, pece to China and a piece to Russia! How would they win the next election? Here is how they did it in the States lat election!

    Two Party Paradyne Trick at Election Time
    Elitists hone two candidates, train a Left winger, take another and hone her to be a Right winger! With elitist methods these candidates are trained to move at the right time to be elected, wherby they will arrange financial controls of the country for power gain of the Elitists!
    The elitist boss is named David,the Left wing candidate is Obooba, Right wing candidate Sarah !
    Because the elite are wealthy they Lobby and are able to create PR for these candidates that gives the candidates credibility among the voters and are promoted to become Dominant candidates!
    David doesn’t care who wins between candidates as they have been honed for the Elities and David their Puppet Master!
    Liberal Obooba gets voted in as President, he performs foremost for the Elitists! In spite of his oath!
    Should Sarah, Right Winger get elected as President ,she will perform for the Elitists, despite her oath!
    Right or Left = Elitist Win!

  • btok

    CBC Better hope that the Off-Shore Foreign Bankers building the NWO don't win an election in Canada and chop it up – Send a piece to Brazil, pece to China and a piece to Russia! How would they win the next election? Here is how they did it in the States lat election!

    Two Party Paradyne Trick at Election Time
    Elitists hone two candidates, train a Left winger, take another and hone her to be a Right winger! With elitist methods these candidates are trained to move at the right time to be elected, wherby they will arrange financial controls of the country for power gain of the Elitists!
    The elitist boss is named David,the Left wing candidate is Obooba, Right wing candidate Sarah !
    Because the elite are wealthy they Lobby and are able to create PR for these candidates that gives the candidates credibility among the voters and are promoted to become Dominant candidates!
    David doesn’t care who wins between candidates as they have been honed for the Elities and David their Puppet Master!
    Liberal Obooba gets voted in as President, he performs foremost for the Elitists! In spite of his oath!
    Should Sarah, Right Winger get elected as President ,she will perform for the Elitists, despite her oath!
    Right or Left = Elitist Win!