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Friday, September 30, 2005
  CBC 119: Economist asks is CBC doomed?

Updated 21:12 Friday
The Economist this week takes a look at the CBC lockout.
They posted a tease on their website this afternoon.(the rest of is behind the paywall)

But my reliable sources did supply me with copy. It's told in The Economist's usual style, although its coverage is much more in depth than when it covered a CBC strike in 1981.*

The lead:
Shortly before the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation locked out 5,300 of its 9,000 employees on August 15th, Michele Sparling, the management's chief negotiator, declared: “This is the hill we will die on.” Seven weeks later, those words look ominous. Many of CBC's most familiar faces are on the picket line. Managers have had to fill the schedules with many inept stand-ins. Some in the media industry reckon that after the dispute ends, Canada's public-service broadcaster may be badly diminished or even doomed.

Other excerpts
CBC's defenders cherish it for its Canadian content and serious programmes. They see it as an essential bulwark against American culture...A poll by Ipsos-Reid last year found that half of respondents (and a plurality among those who vote Conservative) wanted parliament not to cut CBC'S funding. But another poll found that only 10% of respondents feel “deeply inconvenienced” by the dispute (and 27% slightly so)...
The betting is that the dispute may end by October 5th, when ice hockey starts up after its own year-long lockout over player wage demands. Canadians found they could live without hockey. Journalists can hardly claim to be more indispensable.

*And as for The Economist and its style. Back in 1981 I had left the CBC and was working in London. The Economist then was part of the British Prestel videotex experiment (the first pioneering steps in new media).

I still haven't forgotten the Economist news brief on Prestel from one day in July or August of that year. It went (as best as I can remember it)
"There's good news and bad news from Canada this week. The bad news is that the post office is on strike. The good news is that their television network, the CBC, is on strike."
Hah hah.
Maybe the same person wrote both stories? ;-)

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