Hockey Night in Canada

Why Is the CBC Trying To Crowdsource Its Own Vision?

D.K. Latta | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada
D.K. Latta

I'm all for the CBC brass stepping out of their ivory towers and walking among the people, but I'd also like a sense they have a vision themselves. A vision that can be shaped by public feedback, perhaps -- but a vision nonetheless. Because if you ask a hundred people what they want from the CBC, you'll get a hundred different answers.

28 Reasons Hockey Will Always Belong To Canada (And Not The U.S.)

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada

Canada's last team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs has been eliminated and a new book claims the game wasn't even invented in here -- that Charles Darwin ...

Is Hashtag Activism Against Sports Superstars Really Effective?

Avi Goldberg | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
Avi Goldberg

Does digital activism against MacLean, Cooke, and Sterling provide real tools to force change? Or, is it merely a technologically-enabled show of customer-generated publicity that is either entirely self-serving or destined to be co-opted by the very sports-entertainment businesses against which its putative anger is aimed? I say the plusses win out.

The CBC Is About To Shrink Big-Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business

CBC staff are preparing themselves for bad news Thursday when the broadcaster is expected to announce a major round of job cuts and reductions to serv...

Strombo Should Approach HNIC as a Journalist, Not a Fan

Avi Goldberg | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada
Avi Goldberg

I agree when Strombo says that he can leave his personal biases aside when talking about teams other than his beloved Montreal Canadiens, but do sports journalists really have less serious reporting to do than traditional journalists? Is Strombo right that the fan and journalist roles in sports are unlikely to clash? Recent events say no.

Rogers Is Trying to Block You From Watching 'Hockey Night' Online

David Christopher | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Rogers is gearing up to cut off millions of hockey fans from being able to watch Hockey Night in Canada online. Bell and Rogers are using their power and control over our media options to force Canadians into subscribing to what many now view as the outdated medium of TV.

'Dark Clouds' On CBC's Horizon, Internal Memo Says

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Business

As backers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) struggled on Tuesday to convince a Senate committee that public backing of the broadcaster i...

A Look Back at 2013's Year of Sports

Gal's Got Game | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada
Gal's Got Game

2013 was recently dubbed, "The year of the Selfie," so let us turn the camera around on the sporting calendar and reflect on what shaped these past months.

The Business Story Canadians Really Cared About In 2013

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Few things get to the heart of Canadians like hockey, so when Rogers Communications scored a multi-billion-dollar deal that will shake up ho...

What's Hockey Night in Canada without the Cherry on Top?

Gal's Got Game | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada
Gal's Got Game

Rogers Media recently acquired broadcast rights to all NHL games in a 12-year, $5.2 million-dollar deal. But the future of Coach's Corner is uncertain, and at Don's age of 79, are retirement parties in his future? If that's the case, it prompts the question: could anyone really replace Grapes?

Why I Disagree With Mitch Wolfe's Blog on Don Cherry

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

When I read Mitch Wolfe's Blog on Don Cherry and his relationship with the CBC I was not sure if I was to laugh or be concerned. How could anyone seri...

A CBC Without Don Cherry Isn't Worth Watching

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Wolfe

The biggest loss to the CBC is that it will no longer be able to access a working-class crowd because this very important Canadian audience only gravitated to CBC for HNIC and the presence of Don Cherry. The loss of Cherry and Hockey Night in Canada is a lost opportunity for CBC to escape its uptight Waspish politically correct, elitist/urban/sophisticated Toronto-centric shtetl.

My Solution For the CBC, Post-Hockey Night In Canada

D.K. Latta | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

What's the solution to the CBC dilemma? Maybe what needs to be done is that the CBC, which has mutated over time into a multi-platform mega corporation, should be divided into semi-autonomous parts. By breaking the CBC into smaller, tighter organizations (but still associated with the whole) it might actually eliminate a lot of bureaucracy.

'Don't Try To Ruin A Good Thing'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada TV

TORONTO - Leave Coach's Corner alone.Don Cherry made that plea on Saturday during his weekly segment on "Hockey Night in Canada" as he addressed the a...

Can He Survive In The New Era?

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Don Cherry's status as an icon of Canadian TV hockey may prove to be his downfall as the groundbreaking deal between Rogers Communications a...

Media Bites: In Losing Hockey Night in Canada, CBC Might Have Scored

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg So no more hockey for the CBC. For 60 years the mother corp has been permitted to blow millions of tax dollars providing the nation with this redundant subsidized "service" anyway, a more-than-half-century absurdity whose bluff is only now being called. Far from being a stirring symbol of CBC success, Hockey Night in Canada has long been the single most wasteful monument to the network's fundamentally confused mandate.

Without Hockey, the CBC Will Be Better

Wade Rowland | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

As predicted in this space several months ago, the CBC has lost the rights to NHL hockey to Rogers media. Without hockey and the 320+ hours of Canadian content it provides, CBC will now have to go back to square one and figure out what it is supposed to be. It has the opportunity, now, to become what it should have been all along: a publicly-subsidized broadcaster serving its audience as citizens rather than as consumers. With the CRTC currently in the process of re-thinking the entire broadcast regulation environment and seeking public input, this may be the best opportunity in a generation to finally do something to rescue the CBC from oblivion, on both television and radio.

Rogers' Hockey Deal May Mean Higher Cable Bills

CP/Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Business

Rogers Communications' exclusive $5.2-billion deal with the National Hockey League is seen as a “strategic coup'' in the fight by telecom companies ...

What'll Happen To Don Cherry?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Don Cherry knows as much about his future on "Hockey Night in Canada," as his fans — nothing.The high-profile hockey commentator's employm...

Hockey Night In Canada Hires Star Judges To Find New Music

Jason MacNeil | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Music

CBC's Hockey Night In Canada announced today they're looking for "inspirational, energetic songs" and are bringing in some Canadian musicians to judge...

The Case Against Hockey on CBC Television

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada TV
Wade Rowland

In my view, the CBC simply cannot survive so long as it continues to rely on commercial sponsorship, and thereby makes itself essentially indistinguishable from its commercial competitors -- indistinguishable, and therefore irrelevant and unnecessary. And so, NHL hockey has to go. If it is true that by carrying NHL hockey the CBC is "bringing communities, and the nation, together," it will be unfortunate if the corporation has to abandon this opportunity in order to serve the greater purpose of becoming a true public broadcaster, one whose first priority is to serve citizens rather than advertisers.

It's All Over for Hockey Night in Canada. Can the CBC Survive?

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

That the CBC should celebrate Hockey Night in Canada's birthday, and not its own, is emblematic of the dire straits in which the broadcaster finds itself, having reached the end of the line in its quest to make a success of the hybrid, commercial/public service model it was saddled with at birth, like a club foot.

Still Not Down With Women In Locker-Room

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Don Cherry hasn't changed his mind — he still doesn't believe women should be in men's locker-rooms.The CBC hockey commentator reiterated ...

Don Cherry's Locker Room Comment About Women Sparks Controversy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Don Cherry says the men's locker-room is no place for a woman.The outspoken CBC hockey broadcaster made the comments during his weekly Coach...

Hockey Vs. Tits: The Great Canadian Debate

Tristan Risk | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tristan Risk

I fail at being Canadian. I don't know the first thing about curling and I don't care for hockey. Last Friday night, at an incredible burlesque show, while there were a number of hugely talented people doing a fundraiser for the arts, attention was riveted to a bunch of ice-skating gorillas. I can't say I'm surprised, but I am a little bit disappointed in my Vancouver brethren.