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Posted 2005-08-20 by Tony Walsh
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's national public broadcaster, recently locked out 5000 workers. Yesterday, the Canadian Media Guild proclaimed "Just because the Corporation won't let us go to work doesn't mean we can't do the work we love to do!" The Guild plans to launch a public, internet-based media service produced by locked out CBC professionals.

Although the name of the service is still under wraps, the Guild has made its deployment plans known: "We plan to begin with a text and picture site. It will be followed closely by an English National daily newscast which will be available via podcast and downloadable file at 6PM EDT (our French colleagues are also developing programming suitable to their audiences). Once those streams are running, we could expand to provide more local, regional and national news, current affairs and entertainment content….and even some 'moving picture' TV elements."

Citing concerns about quality and credibility, the Canadian Media Guild is looking for committed volunteers from locked out writers, editors, reporters, photographers, camera operators, researchers, technicians, and resource experts. Hours spent working on the new service count towards 10-20 hours per week of lockout duty.

Given the current dismal state of CBC programming during the lockout, I'm sure a worker-operated media service will shine by comparison. A network operated by Canadian Media Guild members is certain to provide counterpoint to CBC management, who currently monopolize the national airwaves.
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