The voice of members of The Canadian Media Guild, Fredericton.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

More on the jazz festival impact

Informed sources tell the Guild that organizers of the Harvest Jazz and Blues festival are really sweating the impact of the lockout. Besides the likely cancellation of the fundraising breakfast for high school music programs, the festival also relies on CBC Radio, as a sponsor, for publicity leading up to the event. Plus, CBC technical staff often record parts of the festival for broadcast later. And CBC personalities are usually seen MCing several shows -- something that won't happen this year because the corporation has chosen to lock out its workers.

It's a shame this worthwhile event will suffer in so many ways because of management's intransigence. Once again, if you care about the impact on the festival and other community events, you can e-mail CBC's vice-president of radio, Jane Chalmers, at jane_chalmers@cbc.ca to let her know how you feel.

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