Back to School: The ABC’s of CBC Freelance Contracts

by Don Genova  There are actually A’s, and B’s, and C stands for Copyright in a typical CBC Freelance Contributor Contract, but I’ll get to those in a bit. With the new broadcast season, more local and national programs, radio, TV or digital, will be engaging freelancers to provide material for their shows in the […]

Posted on September 8, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Hey, CBC Freelancers, You’re Getting A Raise!

By Don Genova, CMG Freelance Branch President Journalists who contribute to the CBC on a freelance basis are now subject to new minimum rates as of April 1, 2017. The Canadian Media Guild and CBC have agreed to a 1.5% across-the-board increase in rates contained in the collective agreement. This means the rates have risen […]

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , , , , ,

Upcoming Doc Project Mentorship deadline February 1

A message from CBC Radio’s mentorship program The Doc Project: It’s that time again! CBC Radio’s Mentorship applications deadline is Wednesday, February 1 In the past two years over 60 of your CMG colleagues gone through this unique professional development program,  working intensively with veteran CBC producers/mentors to produce unique, innovative radio documentaries. Their work has […]

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: , ,

New CBC opinion section provides more paid writing opportunities for freelancers

This post is the ninth in a series called “E-Lancer Writes,” exploring the working conditions, rights and collective organizing strategies of freelance journalists, interns and other low-wage or temporary digital media workers. By Errol Salamon Canadian freelance writers have one more potential way to earn money: by selling their ideas to the new opinion section […]

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 9:00 am by editor · LEAVE A COMMENT · Tagged with: ,

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 and 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: , , , , ,