CBC Advises Freelancers on How to Get Paid in the Event of a Canada Post Labour Dispute

The union representing Canada Post employees issued 72-hour strike notice yesterday. As a result, there may be a disruption in postal services across Canada starting early next week. The CBC has advised us on some options aimed at making sure freelance contributors who currently receive their paycheques in the mail can make alternate arrangements. The options, […]

Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Freelance Rates Rising at CBC/Radio-Canada

The Canadian Media Guild and CBC have agreed to an across-the-board wage increase of 1.5% for 2016-17.  This increase is also applicable to all the minimum rates applicable to Freelance Contributors. The increase is effective April 1st and the new rates should be posted at cmg.ca and cmgfreelance.ca within the next couple of days. The one exception is the […]

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

New CBC pitch guidelines up this week

Radio freelancers and independent audio producers will be interested to read the new CBC pitch guidelines that went up on the CBC’s website this week. The new pitch page has a heavier emphasis on podcasting, with descriptions that will help applicants differentiate between a podcast and a radio program, as well as a list of topics that the CBC is interested in exploring in […]

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

Concerts in support of CBC planned for Ottawa and Montreal

Two citizen groups are holding concerts in support of CBC over the coming weeks. A group in Montreal called Tous Amis de Radio-Canada has planned an event featuring 33 artists including Ariane Moffatt and Louis-Jean Cormier. It’s scheduled for February 15th at 2 p.m. at Métropolis. More details and links to the Ticketmaster page can be found on the […]

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 9:00 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: 

Last Chance to Cast Ballot in CMG/CBC Ratification Vote

The electronic polls close at 9am Eastern Time on January 31st for the ratification vote on the tentative agreement reached between the Canadian Media Guild and the CBC. Freelance and temporary employees are eligible to vote if they meet certain criteria.  Freelancers must have made 13 freelance contributions in the past 52 weeks or have earned more […]

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

Improved CBC freelance contract coming soon

The CMG has negotiated a new collective agreement that will see improved working conditions for CBC freelance contributors. The pending freelancer issues that we reported on late last year were resolved at a negotiating session in mid-December. The new agreement will see base rates for freelancers increase at the same rate as salaries will increase for employees […]

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Chris Brookes on life as an independent radio producer

  Chris Brookes’ radio documentaries have been broadcast all over the world. From the U.S. to Europe to Australia, the work of this Newfoundland-based producer has caught the ear of international audiences and won multiple awards. In September, Brookes gave a presentation at the Canadian Media Guild’s Freelance Survival Seminar in Toronto. He described the […]

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

CMG announces tentative new CBC agreement, freelancer issues still pending

The Canadian Media Guild has reached a tentative agreement with CBC, but there are still freelance-related issues to work out. Freelancer pay rates are one of several areas still under discussion. The next negotiating session, which will be devoted to resolving freelance issues, is scheduled for early December. We’ll post details on Story Board once […]

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , ,

The Born Freelancer on the Rebirth of Radio Drama in Canada

  This series of posts by the Born Freelancer shares personal experiences and thoughts on issues relevant to freelancers. Have something to add to the conversation? Your input is welcome in the comments.   Just over a year ago I wrote about the death of drama at CBC Radio, that is, the format – not any behind the scenes […]

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 9:05 am by editor · 2 Comments · Tagged with: , , ,

Do you freelance for CBC? Have your say!

The Canadian Media Guild is starting negotiations for a new collective agreement. Every time they go to the table, the Guild wants to make sure it’s addressing the concerns of its members — and that includes freelancers. If you freelance for CBC, they want your input. Take a minute to fill out the CMG survey and […]

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,