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The Canadian Broadcast Corporation has locked out its employees in the midst of a now-15-month negotiation with the Candadian Media Guild, the union that represents its workers. The main issue seems to be that the CBC wants to move to more contract-based employees; the guild thinks this is going to reduce stability and benefits for the workers.

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Actual effects as I've heard and seen them:

  • CBC Radio 2 (the mostly classical/jazz service) has been programming six minutes of national news by a newsreader I'd never heard before (probably someone from management) and 54 minutes of classical music with no announcements beyond a recorded notice about there being a "work disruption" just before and just after the news.
  • CBC Radio 1 (the mostly news, info, and variety service) seems to be re-running old programs.
  • CBC Television during prime time seems to be running scheduled entertainment programs. Last night, instead of The National with Peter Mansbridge, they ran a BBC World newscast. (Great news, but it contained no Canadian info to speak of.) Sports coverage scheduled after the 11 p.m. news has been replaced by programs that don't require on-air personnel.

I don't think the U.S. media has noticed one bit, which isn't surprising.

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