The Corporation wants to reassure Canadians that CBC/Radio-Canada would not provide false or misleading information to a Senate Committee. The President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada stated during his February 26th Senate Committee appearance that salary ranges were publicly available on its website and that specific salary information was confidential under the Privacy Act.
The Privacy Act:
The Privacy Act limits the disclosure of personal information on salaries to; the position or functions of an individual, including the classification, salary range and responsibilities of their position (Privacy Act Sec 3, J (iii)).
Access to Information:
The names of every employee of the Corporation, their position, and their salary classification was released in response to a specific access to information request and is available on our website.
In most businesses, there is more to salaries than simply job classifications. In our business some employees can negotiate salaries beyond the range of their classification. That is how businesses ensure they can compensate their top talent at a level appropriate to their industry. CBC/Radio-Canada is no different.
Peter Mansbridge’s position for example, is classified as “senior host” which has a salary scale of $63,797 to $80,485. The contribution he makes to CBC News, and to CBC/Radio-Canada as a whole is clearly much more than that classification. The salary negotiated with the Corporation recognizes his value. As CBC/Radio-Canada’s President and CEO made clear to the Senate Committee, in the broadcasting world where companies compete for talent, what CBC pays its top talent is highly competitive information.
The Broadcasting Act (Sec 44 (2)) gives the Government-appointed Board of Directors the specific authority to determine the remuneration of CBC/Radio-Canada employees. It is the responsibility of the Board to protect the independence of the broadcaster from Government, while ensuring that taxpayers’ investment is protected on behalf of Government.
The Corporation’s finances are also audited by the Auditor-General of Canada who most recently gave the Corporation a “clean audit opinion”, the highest grade an organization can receive.
The Corporation is continually looking at ways to improve how and what it reports to Canadians.