Mid-Lockout, CBC Appoints A New Leader

“The [Canadian] government has appointed screenwriter and journalist Guy Fournier as new chairman of the CBC’s board of directors, prompting hope among the broadcaster’s locked-out employees that the board will move to resolve the four-week-old dispute. Fournier, who was also instrumental in founding Quebec’s Télévision Quatre-Saisons network, was named to the board for a four-year term in February and takes over a top job that has been vacant throughout the build-up to the labour showdown.” The union representing the locked-out CBC workers made hopeful noises about Fournier’s appointment, but an independent watchdog group says that a change in board leadership will likely do little to change CBC president Robert Rabinovitch’s hard-line stance towards his employees.