The chasing Apple Pie blog tells us that FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, a group that advocates (shills?) for more funding for the CBC, has three members of its Steering Committee on the broadcaster’s payroll. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation obtained this information through Access to Information legislation.
Chasing Apple Pie suggests, “how about we stop subsidizing the State Broadcaster.”
I agree, for while it’s quite acceptable for a modern free-market democracy to help incubate a fledging industry, such as television broadcasting was back in the 1950s, and even the 1960s, it is unacceptable to continue to fund one member of a mature industry at the expense of other companies with which it competes. This is unfair and undemocratic behaviour on the part of the government.
Moreover, taxpayer funding seems to have contributed to the CBC’s corporate bloating and arrogance, exemplified by how it flaunts federal Access to Information laws and defies rulings of its own Ombudsman who found “a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices.” (Thanks to BC Blue for the latter link.)
The so-called national broadcaster is subsidized to the tune of about $1.1-billion annually, and taxpayers’ demands for transparency are ignored in a high-handed fashion. This is not acceptable.