Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CBC Complains About Tory Ads

The CBC has now complained about their footage being used in recent Conservative ads, which they see as a violation of their "intellectual property". They receive a billion dollars annually from tax payers, last time I checked, their "intellectual property" was actually "public property". Today's poll question; should CBC footage be permitted for use in political ads? I find it odd that the public broadcaster would object to their footage being used in an approved political advertisement. Do you think the CBC has been wronged? They are publicly funded, but seem appalled at the idea that their news footage is public. If they want ownership of their footage to be private, then they should not accept such massive funding from the public.

As Stephen Taylor pointed out yesterday, "Pair this with the broadcaster awarding of a polling contract to big time Liberal donor and adviser Frank Graves in an apparent twisting of the CBC’s own written guidelines and this only raises more questions about neutrality."

An interesting report also from cnews also shows that the CBC spent a lot of money to shred documents ahead of their falling under the power of the Access to Information Act in 2007. Even though they shredded the most damaging documents, they still fail to comply with ATI requests because they feel it compromises their "artistic integrity". Yeah, like Kady O'Malley's expense account needs to be private to protect her artistic integrity...


  1. Tories must look for footage that liberals have used.Cut CBC's budget to 100 million and let them all collect unemployment."babies"

  2. The CBC is the only crown corp not following the rules?

    Why are the opposition giving them a pass? Why has the government failed to call in the RCMP or Auditor General for a forensic accounting?

    It is time to apply the rules equally to all crown corps.

  3. Miss Kady has backed down, somewhat.

    Ooooh, in other news

    'OTTAWA – Canada's heritage minister is forcing Library and Archives Canada to show a controversial film on Iran's human rights abuses and nuclear program, he announced Wednesday.

    The morning after the library cancelled a public screening over threats of protest and two days after it tried to cancel over a complaint from the Iranian Embassy,
    Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore says the documentary will run in the library's theatre...'