Tod Maffin is doing a great job of rounding up news about the lockout. The most interesting bits:
- Apparently a group of locked-out producers are going to launch some Web broadcasts next week at CBC Unplugged (currently hosting Maffin stuff, but going to switch over shortly).
- Producer Robin Rowland claims that if people submit photos of news events to the CBC, “they are electronically crossing the lockout picket line.” This is utter nonsense. Robin should remember that the CBC is a publicly-owned institution. Its crucial role in keeping Canadians informed trumps his union’s short-term concerns. If you’re considering submitting a photo, weigh the options: more-informed populace or happier, locked-out TV producer. I know which way I’m leaning.
That said, I am really digging the replacement BBC news. Living in Ireland, I learned that the BBC offers the best TV in the world.
UPDATE: Robin replies here. He says, in part:
I will make one comment about Darren’s post where he says the CBC’s “crucial role in keeping Canadians informed trumps his union’s short-term concerns.” The CBC abandoned its crucial role when radio coverage of the storm was not available. Asking for a neat picture of a downed tree, whether or not it is free or paid for, has absolutely nothing to do with the public interest.
While avoiding a debate about the informational value of photographs, I will say that Robin’s argument is the thin edge of a worrying wedge. Extending his logic, should I not send in news tips to the CBC? If I’m, say, a whisteblower in a government cover-up, should I refuse CBC interviews because they’ve locked out their staff?