Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The Great Divide

An okay look by The Globe and Mail at the issues behind the CBC lockout. Some excerpts: Management argues it must have the option of filling certain jobs, such as television and radio producers, on a fixed-term, contract basis rather than with permanent staff. A producer on contract usually works as long as a program continues; […]

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Promo Girl

Since there is so much vitriol directed at CBC's Promo Girl — to the extent some people seem to think a total collapse of the CBC is worth it to get rid of her, or that her absence is the most salient benefit of the walkout – allow me to add my voice to the mix. When Promo […]

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'Canadian broadcasting without the Canadians?'

An NYT take on the CBC lockout by writer Ian Austen, who I believe is a Canuckistani (saw the link first at John Gushue's blog). Some excerpts: After the lockout of about 5,300 of its employees, the broadcaster offered a BBC newscast instead of “The National.” Light on Canadian content, the BBC World program offered, […]

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CBC Unplugged

Saw this at locked-out CBC journalist John Gushue's blog: A podcasting blog called CBC Unplugged is almost upon us. You'll be able to visit the blog to download them manually or get them delivered via an RSS feed (there's instructions on the blog). You can also find links to other CBC lockout blogs and related […]

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'CTV wins with CBC lockout'

The Toronto Star's Antonia Zerbisias writes about CTV News's efforts to capitalize on the CBC lockout. Disclosure: I work for CTV News Online. An excerpt: CBC workers may be locked out but CTV is striking. Canada's largest private network is taking advantage of the giant gap in the TV news market created when CBC management shut […]

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Should NYT, Time have burned Rove over the Plame affair?

Journalist Michael Wolff argues in a Vanity Fair article that the NYT and Time had a duty to expose key Dubya aide Karl Rove last year over his machinations on the Valerie Plame file — you know, back before the election. Wolff debates the issue with investigative journo Murray Waas on Democracy Now! An excerpt: […]

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Meet the new Taliban

This Knight-Ridder article says the new Taliban is smaller and can't hold territory, but is financially supported by al Qaeda and other rogue entities — which explains why it can afford anti-aircraft missiles. An excerpt: Nearly four years after a U.S.-led military intervention toppled them from power, the Taliban has re-emerged as a potent threat […]

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Catching up on the Cindy Sheehan case

Cindy Sheenan, the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, has temporarily left her vigil outside of Dubya's ranch in Texas to tend to her ill mother. Salon's Joe Conason lists some of the ways the U.S. right has been attacking her. An excerpt: Like Max Cleland and John Kerry, the decorated Democratic veterans who endured vicious […]

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'China's breakneck media revolution'

This BBC story looks at how the growing middle class in China may be forcing the country's rulers to loosen controls on the mass media just a bit. But don't get carried away and think it's a relatively free society: China reportedly has more journalists in jail than any other country. Some excerpts: Chen Luyu is […]

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