What are incomes like at private broadcasters, I wonder?
Comparable to CBC at the network and major market level, I'd guess. I'm not aware of much turnover at the major private stations and the private networks. If CBC paid substantially more, you'd see people moving there from the private system. The skill set is identical and CBC offers much more opportunity because it produces so many more programs, much wider variety in the types of programs and work available, full mobility among radio and TV and the web, mobility across Canada, and for journalists far more mobility outside Canada.
In smaller markets, CBC staff are surely paid much better than private broadcaster staff because they're covered by a national union contract.
Added: It looks like I was wrong in summarily dismissing CBC's statement that only 700 people are paid $100,000 or more. Here
is the union contract. Pay rates start on page 194. Had I stayed in the job I left circa 1980 I'd still be below $100K. That said, I still suspect the real number is materially higher than 700.