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Friday, September 30, 2005
  CBC 121: Globe sends kudos to Shelagh, CBCunlocked

Saturday's Globe and Mail takes a look at the web war against the CBC lockout in Rest stops on the web highway

Both Shelagh Rogers and CBCunlocked come in for praise


I'd like to make two points before this miserable CBC lockout ends -- and may it end right this minute...

First: Shelagh Rogers has a weblog. It's at, which brings us to another cross-country tour.... It's fun

...the breaking-news website that the CBC journalists put up at is frankly more interesting than the real CBC news website ever was. The stories there are fresh, relevant and haven't all been covered by a dozen other outlets already. Even the design is better. (You might say less corporate.)... has always been the most anemic of the corporation's services, and before the lockout it was looking paler and paler next to other Canadian media websites.

If there's a single lemon that could be turned into lemonade after this mess is finished, it could be distilling what makes CBC Unlocked work and bringing it home

Of course, many, by no means all, of the people who put together unlocked work for that anemic As do those who work for which also comes in for praise.

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