Saturday, August 20, 2005

CBC Lockout Watch, Day 6

Antonia Zerbisias is by no means beloved of all the Blogging Tories, but her blog has an excellent post about how locked-out CBC journalists and technicians are taking the fight to the blogosphere and podcasting.

This battle could not possibly have been fought on the airwaves in the pre-Internet era, because pirate broadcasting was largely the domain of a few amateur radio enthusiasts who were keeping one step ahead of the law.

Now we can find out what both sides are really thinking instead of the recycled press releases from appointed spokesmen as talks go on behind closed doors. It helps put abstract issues about contracting out and suchlike into a human perspective when we hear and read from the people who actually have to live with the outcome.

But I can't help but think if the podcasting journos understand the irony of their situation. They're fighting to maintain an ironclad bureaucratic broadcasting regime against an army of freelancers, contractors and independent broadcasters, using the very same methods and technologies that imperil their position.

Check out CBC Unplugged for a sample Fredericton podcast.

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