CBC recently renewed its news content agreement with Microsoft, but the secrecy behind the deal makes many wonder what the terms of the partnership actually are.
The state-subsidized company sells its new content to Microsoft, allowing the Redmond-based firm to publish the stories on its website. The only problem is that CBC is still a government-owned company, so it collects money from its taxpayers for its operations. Including the production of news content, that is.
According to the Edmonton Sun
, CBC receives up to $1 billion from the state budget every year, so the news deal signed with Microsoft raises a lot of questions.
CBC, however, hasn't provided too many details on the agreement, the aforementioned source added, explaining that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation considers “the material on the Microsoft deal too sensitive to be released.”
What's more, the terms of the deal “could reasonably be expected to prejudice the competitive position of a government institution,” says CBC, so contract details are expected to be released anytime soon.
Of course, people continue to ask questions on the matter and many are accusing Microsoft and its confidentiality terms that could block CBC from revealing contract details.
Others are criticizing the government for allowing media institutions to use taxpayers' money, but as long as nobody knows exactly how much money the Canadian company is receiving for the news content sold, it cannot be accused of anything.
In the meantime, the deal between Microsoft and CBC works as it was planned to, but an official reaction on the matter is very likely to be released soon.