Let’s stop pretending all is OK at CBC — it’s not

Source: cwa-scacanada.ca

LISE LAREAU | CMG National Vice-President

One day, in between one major layoff announcement and another terrible revelation in the Jian Ghomeshi case, an email appeared in my inbox declaring the winners of the CBC President’s Awards. It stunned me; it seemed so wrong to pretend things were normal and the annual tradition was going on uninterrupted, while so much at CBC was disintegrating.  I didn’t read on and tried — like many of us — just tried to get through another sorry day at work.

So hats off to the Radio-Canada employees in Sherbrooke, Que., who had the same feeling, but amplified it and acted upon it. They were the winners of a President’s Award for their coverage of the rail disaster at Lac-Mégantic. When CBC President Hubert Lacroix went to deliver it this week, in person, he was rebuffed.  The employees refused the award, citing the cuts.

Lacroix is quoted as saying their move was, in effect, useless. But that’s evidence of the massive disconnect between those making decisions to dismantle much about the CBC and the people who do the programming every single day that makes the CBC what it is.

No Mr. Lacroix, what’s useless is pretending it’s business as usual at the CBC these days.

When senior managers write memos of yet another cut (this one the outsourcing of weather to another network, no less) that say people are “pleased to announce” a “new content sharing agreement” before mentioning the people who will lose their jobs, and the president of the CBC declares it’s a “good day” to announce 1,500 job losses in the next five years, one has to seriously wonder if senior CBC managers are deliberately deluding themselves in the hope that if they use words like this, it will all be OK.

There is nothing normal, usual or “good” about any of this. That’s why employees openly ask their CEO who will be their champion as the CBC is attacked by government cuts.  The answer should be obvious, but in this strange world of dismantling a public institution, nothing is as it should be.

What we do see is an increasingly empty Broadcasting Centre. We see empty offices. We see one empty studio, another one used by a former network competitor (Rogers) and a few more slated to be shuttered by next year.

We see whole areas of expertise parcelled out (documentary production, weather, hockey). We see a single permanent reporter in a city the size of Fredericton. We listen to talk about selling the Broadcasting Centre itself. And today all of us will bear witness as hundreds more people across the country get notices that their jobs are redundant.

I could go on.

We at the CMG are planning to do a full inventory of the losses in all their grim detail, mostly because we know no one else will.  Others, apparently, will keep declaring things are “good” and be pleased to hand out awards – until the very last studio door is closed.

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Enabler to a media hatchet job

Source: theglobeandmail.com

Patrick Lagacé is a columnist with La Presse.

In early 1995, CBC/Radio-Canada president Tony Manera handed his resignation to prime minister Jean Chrétien, citing the proverbial “personal reasons.” Later, Mr. Manera opened up about the real reason why he suddenly quit his job as chief of the public broadcaster: “I will not preside over the dismantling of the CBC,” he told Macleans.

CMG deeply disappointed by CBC Management blame game

Source: cmg.ca

BY  CMG  •  POSTED ON  November 7, 2014

Carmel Smyth, National President for the Canadian Media Guild says she is deeply disappointed that CBC vice president, Heather Conway, has seen fit to assign blame in advance of an investigation that she herself commissioned into the Jian Ghomeshi matter.

“One would have thought there would be enough respect for the process that she’d have the patience to await the findings of the investigation,” said Smyth commenting on tonight’s remarks by Conway on CBC’s As It Happens and The National.

Smyth says Conway makes pained efforts to exonerate management and its handling of the matter, while at the same time singling out one element and publicly observing, “it was not well handled.” “Is this not specifically what the independent investigator has been engaged to determine?” Smyth asks. The real question is, what did CBC Management know and what did they do about it?

2014 United Way Kick Off

United-Way-Victoria-200pxToday is the kick off to our 2014 employee campaign for United Way. Our goal this year is $23,000.

 Please take a moment to check out the link “Your Donations at Work” below.

 As in past years, we’ll be holding a daily draw prize for those who donate. The prize table is located near the reception desk. I’ll be around with pledge forms today.

 Pledge forms can be returned to me or placed in the United Way bucket located in or near your department.

 For first time donors, please check out CRA’s information on the Super Credit: 



United Way – Your Donations at Work : http://youtu.be/rgwd-dZ1k3Y


Thank you in advance!



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Memo-Postmedia Strikes 316m Deal to Buy Sun Media English Papers

Source: jpress.journalism.ryerson.ca


Associate Editor Tamara Baluja has obtained memos sent by Postmedia Network and Sun Media to their respective employees.

CEO Paul Godfrey notes that Postmedia Network has agreed to buy 175 English language publications from Sun Media. 

Today we announced perhaps the biggest news in the Canadian news media industry since the day Postmedia was formed. Our company has entered into an agreement with Quebecor Inc. to purchase all of Sun Media’s English language publications and associated digital properties. That’s 175 daily newspapers, community weeklies, trade publications, magazines and related digital properties from 5 provinces across Canada.

Read entire story here


Source: nanaimo-info-blog.com

Mark MacDonald Leaves Daily News

With the resignation of Hugh Nicholson and now Mark MacDonald it will be interestingto see what, if anything changes with Nanaimo’s oldest newspaper.

I went into the Daily to deliver a press release about my council bid and asked to speak to the editor, Mark MacDonald. The receptionist paged Mark and soon another staffer came out to inform both the receptionist and myself that Mr. MacDonald resigned his position as editor yesterday.

I presume there will be a story in tomorrows Daily News, but I just couldn’t resist being the lowly blogger-guy who scoops the local Daily.


Sep 25, 2014

Despite all the doom and gloom about the print media industry, if there is only one paper in a metro market it will be profitable said newspaper analyst John Morton. “It just may not be as profitable as newspapers used to be.”