I went to the CBC annual meeting in Ottawa this week to leaflet the audience and to see if I could get an opportunity to ask senior management to participate on our panel on the Biases of the CBC.
I actually got a chance to ask the President and CEO Hubert Lacroix exactly that and here is the transcript:
Fred: My name is Fred Litwin and I am the President of the Free Thinking Film Society. On November 13th, we’re actually showing our own self-produced documentary on the biases of the CBC. It covers CBC bias against conservatives and CBC bias against Israel. You talk about linkages [in the community] – I’ve sent many e-mails and I am very anxious in having someone from the CBC sit on our panel. Will you send someone to sit on our panel?
M. Lacroix: Thank you for the invite. We know about this event. We think this is more an opportunity for people of like-minds to have a conversation amongst themselves – let’s call them activists – that’s their right. We will not participate because we don’t think that as a public broadcaster we should get involved in something like this. If you have issues about the CBC and our biases, we have people like the ombudsman in French and in English, and we welcome you to go through normal channels.
Fred: We will have more people at our event than here.