I have launched a new webpoll for the best title for a book about the CBC. Thus far it would appear that acquiring ratings, revenue, and expenditure information from the CBC will be more difficult than I had anticipated. With CBC employees like Kady O'Malley crusading for greater transparency of Government institutions, I thought the same standards would be applied to her own public Corporation. I was wrong. With my E-Mail inquiries yielding no results, can someone tell me how to make a "freedom of information act request"? I would like to audit the CBC and as a Mathematical Economist my skills are uniquely suited to answering those "tough questions". I have even worked for the federal government as a Registration Officer for Elections Canada.
What does the CBC have to hide? I feel as though I could go into a satirical rant similar to those of the Liblogs on the Detainee issue. "HOW GUILTY CORPORATIONS ACT" should be the title of my next blog post. All I have been able to accumulate thus far are Auditor General and CRTC Reports that do not contain nearly the level of financial detail that I seek.
What I have found is that Newsworld is not permitted to receive any parliamentary appropriations, and doing so would violate their operating license. We are told to believe that the entire operation operates for $69 million dollars. Though that was what the CBC reported about themselves to the Auditor General in 2004/05, before the CRTC ruled in 2007 that Newsworld should be forcibly included in all basic digital cable packages. That had to increase their revenue stream, though I cannot access the information to determine if this added to their ratings.
"The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were."