Where’s Bobby?

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All these days, all these people, and not a single word from the President and CEO, inside or out.

More disappointing, perhaps, is the fact that no one expects him to say anything useful anyways. Truth be told, we all stopped listening long ago.

I know he has plenty of smart people around him in Ottawa, and I know they are strategizing out the yingyang, going around and around in circles, like, well… you know, polishing and buffing some document or other.

But a few honest words would go a lot farther than anything a publicist would write.

Bobby, this is it. Your entire professional career has lead up to this jam, and if you fix it, history will remember you as a leader who lead when leadership was most needed.

Speak up and tell the truth, for God’s sake. If not now, then forget about it.

ps – Can someone in Ottawa print this out and slip it under his door? ~O


  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 23, 2005 at 4:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    orrect me if I am wrong…..
    Rabinovitch’s track record…
    4 labour disruptions since his Presidency of CBC. shame!!
    Stursburg… 1st labour disruption only months after taking the VP position. shame!!
    Looks like these men have a plan… to destroy CBC, to destroy the unions..the moral of the employees who dedicate their careers to CBC… and most of all not forget..they want to destroy whats left of an audience on radio and TV.
    They should be the ones, and their cronies who follow them, who should be accountable for their disgusting attempt at trying to run a corporation, they have NO clue whatsoever about.
    But maybe thats what the Liberals want.. a couple of scapegoats…to give government a reason to pull the plug on CBC funding, based on the failings of these 2 men.
    Maybe they and CBC management should look at contracting out future managers…

  2. Anonymous
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 6:02 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    How does PMSD and ‘a top 100 corporation’ hit you now? Even once we’re back, are we really going to be gushing with corporate pride??

    The vision of the top level fat cats walking a plank would be the best starting point for the healing process.

  3. streetwalker
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 12:44 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Is there any chance that CBC “Employees First” tee-shirts will be handed out as a welcome-back gift when this is all over?

  4. The Naked Gord Program
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 5:55 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    You’d think in the year he had to fix this when the staffers were working without a contract that something would have been done.

    Somehow I suspect part of his game plan is to not do anything and let this drag out for as long as possible.

    Perhaps having a lockout that runs for a month is part of his cost cutting agenda. (j/k)

  5. gonebut
    Posted August 22, 2005 at 5:09 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Top management up to its bottom feeding tricks — every day you’re locked out is money in the bank for them.

    How come so many contract people are continuing on the air? Don’t they respect employee feelings?
    Publicize which on-air people are refusing to work during the lockout, if there are any.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted August 21, 2005 at 9:57 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    ok, so i’m cynical and not very trusting these days (can you blame me??) ouimet, how do we know you are on the inside? I want to believe there are management people who are smart enough to recognize the shortsightedness and insanity of this lockout, but when i hear someone i had the utmost respect for spouting the party line so readily, it makes me wonder. this lockout was preplanned union busting. from the merging of the unions to the commissioning of BBC programming long before labour negotiations ever began. the corpse has a one shot deal at breaking us down and after months getting a collective agreement that will serve their purposes for decades to come. dig in or throw in the towel. this is going to be a long one.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted August 21, 2005 at 4:45 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Forget it! The man is a pathetic incompetent.

  8. SniegLuska
    Posted August 21, 2005 at 4:30 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    …or why not a statement from the Board of Directors.

  9. Laurence
    Posted August 21, 2005 at 11:05 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Hmmm! My ‘vibe meter’ appears to be reading ‘back on track.’
    Keep it up. It’s going to be a hard slog but try to keep it honest and as ‘close to the heart’ as you can. However that plays out.

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