Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Day 16 of the CBC lockout ...

... and no body cares.

The only thing this lockout has managed to show is that it doesn't matter who is in the right, management or the employees, they will all lose in the end. After more than 2 weeks with a large portion of their workforce not on the job, including several on air personalities, I can honestly say I have not heard one complaint by anyone around me. If you asked them I'm sure that most would be unaware there is even any type of job action going on. The truth of the matter is, in a world where every position of the FM dial has a station and you have more than 300 choices of what to watch on TV, the existence of any particular station, no matter how highly it likes to think of itself, is next to meaningless. With the exception of Saturday nights during the winter months, and a few other special occasions (although those too are mostly sports related) the CBC doesn't really bring anything to the table that is not being done by someone else.

If you've ever wanted to see exactly what is wrong with the CBC, as a whole, you have to look no further than the site set up to keep people informed on what's going on, CBC On the Line.

In what I'm sure was meant to be a serious write up, they've managed to put into words everything that is the problem with the current state of affairs for the public broadcaster. In a survey of 1000 Canadians, 61% answered that the CBC lockout had little or no affect on their lives while only 10% considered it a 'major inconvience'. The remainder classified it as a 'minor inconvience' (mostly adolescent boys hoping for an artistic topless scene in some art house reject). The numbers were probably higher when they NBC decided to cancel 'Fraiser'.

In the face of that damning survey how did each party react? The employees, and their supporters, are trying to claim the survey is inaccurate (I don't really know what they are basing that claim on) while the CBC itself is trying to make it a positive by attempting to pat themselves on the back for their abilities to put up a replacement schedule. Denial is not just a river in Egypt folks. The reason for such a low rate of affected person is because in today's world of cable and satellite TV, the CBC is no longer the only choice of many Canadians. People simply are not affected because they probably haven't even noticed.

But the best part of the above linked article was the last line where it breaks down those most affected by party affiliation. According to this survey, most people affected by the lockout are either Liberal or NDP (not that that in any way backs up the long held belief by many of the extreme left leaning bias of the CBC). I guess the more center or right leaning people didn't have trouble just changing the channel.


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