A tip of the Frank turban to Peter Mansbridge, the CBC’s new million-dollar man.
How the glabrous bingo caller became the highest-paid TV star in the land is a convoluted tale that goes back a couple of years, when CBC was embroiled in the paid speaking gig fiasco.
Readers will recall that shit storm, as it was revealed how prominent CBC meat puppets, among them Mansbridge, Amanda Lang and Rex Murphy, had been showered with dosh by Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Manulife.
Indeed, it turned out that Lang, then-CBC’s chief business corro, made more money talking about her job than actually doing it. Lang raked in an estimated $300K a year for speaking to her Bay Street buddies.
Mansbridge hisself pocketed nearly $200,000 in 2014, on 13 gigs worth $15,000-$20,000 a pop. (Peterkins has always maintained that he gave a portion of his speaking proceeds to charity–just how much we don’t know. But we take Canada’s second-most trusted news anchor at his word.)
Enter Jesse Brown and various Guardians of Journalistic Integrity™ to mount a Twitter campaign demanding that all CBC employees must henceforth eschew (bless you!!—ed.) paid appearances, lest they give rise to the perception of conflict of interest (wat dat!?—ed.)
Eventually, Corpse management capitulated and banned their televisual toastmasters from accepting pay for prattle.
Mansbridge reacted poorly; “incandescent with rage,” was how one CBC colleague described it.
And who can blame him? After all those years of raking in thousands of dollars for sharing his deep thoughts at the Muskoka Moose Lodge, Mansbridge had been kicked where it hurt most, below the money belt.
Mansbridge protested that he was being unfairly deprived of his rightful emoluments. He’d been making outside appearances for years and he had a reasonable expectation they’d continue. Further, CBC management was not only fully aware of his moonlighting, they approved it!
So Mansbridge demanded the Corpse make up the shortfall, or else he’d unleash his legal weasels.
Given the Ghomeshi/Lang PR disasters, Corpse brass wanted desperately to make it all go away, so they capitulated, awarding Mansbridge an extra $100K to alleviate his hardship.
How much of that extra $100K goes to charities is the million-dollar question.
As for the rest of the Corpse news stiffs, here’s a list of top earners. Our impeccable CBC sources swear that, give or take a zero, our numbers are accurate within $50,000, nine times out of eight.
Mansbridge: $1.05-Million Another two years service and Petey will be eligible for a gold watch for half a century of punching the Corpse clock. Fifty years a baggage handler!
Wendy Mesley: $335,000 At the CBC, seniority counts (these are government jobs, after all). No matter that you’re hosting a show buried in a lineup that nobody watches, it’s all about pensionable time. With 35 years on the job, la Mez qualifies for Corpse senior citizenry.
Terry Milewski: $305,000 Second only to Mansbridge in years of service with 38. Still breaks stories. That works out to about $100K per scoop over the course of a year.
Ian Hanomansing: $290,000 Proven lawyer. CBC lifer since 1986.
Carole MacNeil: $260,000 Buried in the NewsNet afternoon sked. Much respected because she dumped dreaded former Corpse boss Richard Stursberg. Has clocked 29 years with the Corpse.
Neil Macdonald: $245,000 CBC Westboro correspondent. Years of service: 25.
Diana Swain: $250,000 CBC Toronto lip-mover is only 51, but has logged 26 years at the Corpse.