Letter to the Toronto Sun editor

July 14, 2011

Once again, Sun Media has published incorrect information about CBC/Radio-Canada. While your readers may now be used to your regular attacks on the public broadcaster, they are still entitled to the truth.

You reported that "the latest federal budget quietly gave the CBC an extra $60 million in welfare." Had you taken a few minutes to do your research, you would have found that this investment is neither new nor extra money and that it is already included in the $1.1 billion we receive in public funding. It has been renewed annually for the last ten years. And despite your false claims it does in fact have a specific earmark: to provide more and enhanced Canadian programs that would not otherwise be available. Part of that money was invested through independent producers and not only created great shows, but also contributed to generating and maintaining jobs

But then again, this fact may have made for a less "interesting" story.

Now to come back to the heart of the matter. We fully understand that the country and the federal government face significant budget pressures. We take seriously our responsibility towards ensuring that we are making the most of the money Canadians invest in us.

CBC/Radio-Canada has participated in a number of these reviews over the past several years, in addition to our own ongoing drive to cut costs and deliver our services in the most efficient way possible. Like all publicly funded organizations, we stand ready to identify savings within our operations and programs, as requested.

It's not the first time we have communicated with you because important facts were disregarded. Now that Sun Media is no longer a member of the Ontario Press Council, I guess we should get used to it.

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