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Monday, September 19, 2005
  CBC 91: The board, producers versus plutocrats

Word ths morning that the CBC Board of Directors is moving its meeting from Yellowknife to Montreal. They'll get together on Tuesday and Wednesday, although, at this point, where exactly the meeting will be held is still "undisclosed." (perhaps, to avoid cameras and pickets, a bus travelling up and down on the Decarie?)

Also the word the board is divided, with the three producers Peter Herndorff, Trina McQueen and new chair Guy Fournier, likely outvoted by the patronage plutocrats who are supporting Robert Rabinvotich. In past votes one other board member has apparently supported Herndorff and McQueen, so with Fournier on board votes are now expected to still have a majority in favour of the Senior Management Committee.

But there's also chatter, (rumour, wishful thinking or strategic leak from the PMO?) that Rabinovitch has had word from on high to "wrap it up." If that is true, look for an indication at the bargaining table early in the week. It may be that the cabinet doesn't want to face embarrassing questions when the House of Commons resumes. If not, be prepared for the long haul....

Update 1750 Monday Sept 19. CMG asks to meet with board

The Canadian Media Guild is asking to meet with the board at its undisclosed location in Montreal.
In a news release, requesting the meeting, Lise Lareau says:

"It is time for the board to weigh in and provide a sober second thought
to the aggressive and destructive strategy adopted by CBC's senior management team," says CMG national president Lise Lareau.
"Unfortunately, we believe members of the board have received limited information from senior management and have even been told not to speak to the union. I also received a letter from the lawyers for CBC management warning me to stay away from board members.

And just who does the board represent? While in theory they represent the public, that includes the CBC audience and the CBC employees. So one question that should be asked is who authorized the letter to the CMG, the board? or the senior management committee?

Update 2 2000 Sept. 19

There are apparently conflicting reports on where Trina McQueen stands. One tells me that McQueen is not on the side of the CMG, at least on the lockout issue, while a second says that her position is determined issue by issue, her production background determining some, her management background others. Since I am not close to the board I can only report what chatter I hear. But it shows the situation we are when we have to speculate about the voting intentions of the CBC board.

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