CBC’s silly salary secrecy
May 20, 2014
Source: Sun News Network
Once again the state broadcaster continues to show utter disdain for the people paying their bills.
Last Tuesday various documents the CBC gave to a Senate committee were made public. These included the supposed salary ranges of on-air personalities. Apparently Peter Mansbridge is in a position with a salary range that caps out around $80,000.
What a crock.
Mansbridge first started working there in 1968 and has been their leading man for years. Many senators believe they're being mislead. That would be an understatement.
Ontario taxpayers know TVOntario host and debate moderator Steve Paikin made $307,817 in 2013. The sky hasn't fallen because that info is out in the open.
Canadians also know many other detailed expenses from all levels of government. Such transparency is only a good thing and ensures governments focus on value for money spent.
The committee is now considering using a subpoena to bring the info out into the open. We fully support this. The public has a right to know how its money is being spent.
There's something deeply insulting about a media organization doing everything in its power to hide information. Shouldn't they be the ones most supportive of access to information?
The fact that they're willing to disclose a salary scale to begin with - even if we all know it's bogus - proves that they don't actually believe the public doesn't have a general right to know.
They just want to hide specific cases. Why? Probably because they know Canadians would be outraged at how tax dollars are handed out.
They know if the full truth about the CBC came to light, the party would be over.
All of this makes it doubly ludicrous that NDP MP Kennedy Stewart accused Heritage Minister Shelly Glover of killing Hockey Night in Canada in a committee meeting Thursday.
The Conservatives are slowly pruning back $115 million from the CBC's $1.1-billion budget. The idea that the government is responsible for CBC's loss of hockey is a joke. The fault lies in CBC's own fantasyland approach to dealing with the changing media landscape.
Even Canadians who love CBC programming should feel offended by the increasingly outlandish ways the state broadcaster and its pals are desperately trying to hold on to their privileged positions.