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MacLean will host the early game on Saturday night while David Amber will front the late game.
The Star reported Sunday that MacLean would return to main host's chair.
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You'll be seeing more of the 82-year-old.
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Please read this one evening, during Hockey Night in America, when you have nothing to do. That no Canadian team made the playoffs this year may be a random occurrence. That none has won a Stanley Cup...
"HNIC" averages 2 million viewers. Last week it was down to 721,000.
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The president of CBC/Radio-Canada says public broadcasters are caught in a “vicious circle” of budget cuts and service reductions that threaten their continued existence. “First, we struggle with cuts...
Some would say, so what, it's the best the CBC can do in an era of shrinking budgets and audience fragmentation. Besides, that's what the audience wants. True, people love sports but has CBC ever asked the audience if all the sports programming could be found on other channels, would they prefer a CBC focused more on quality drama and entertainment?
Hockey fans don't feel they're seeing enough of one-half of "Coach's Corner" — and it may not be the guy you expect. A new poll from Angus Reid shows that 74 per cent of "Hockey Night in Canada" viewe...
Out of the unspeakable tragedies that shook Canada emerged a nation more united and stronger than ever. Canadians chose healing over hate, unity over blame this week as the nation coped with the deat...
Depending on how you feel about the CBC, the broadcaster losing its "Hockey Night In Canada" rights to Rogers might seem like either a loss or a win. But it's hard to argue that the new studio Rogers...
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.
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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 and the English were at it long before us. These...
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.
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 services. Insiders expect the cuts to hit the sales an...
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 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.
As backers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) struggled on Tuesday to convince a Senate committee that public backing of the broadcaster is crucial to the country, an internal memo from th...
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.
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 how the sport is broadcast, you can bet the country...
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?
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 serious ever defend Don Cherry? Wolfe describes Cherry...
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.
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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.
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 acquisition of NHL broadcast rights by Rogers Commu...
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 and CBC ushers in a new era of "Hockey Night in Can...
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.
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 Communications' exclusive $5.2-billion deal with the National Hockey League is seen as a “strategic coup'' in the fight by telecom companies to stop the drift of customers away from traditional...
TORONTO - Don Cherry knows as much about his future on "Hockey Night in Canada," as his fans — nothing.The high-profile hockey commentator's employment status is in doubt after Rogers took control of...
CBC's Hockey Night In Canada announced today they're looking for "inspirational, energetic songs" and are bringing in some Canadian musicians to judge this year's Song Quest. According to the broadcas...
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.