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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
“Hockey Night in Canada has become a program about itself.”
There is nothing new to this statement – apart from the fact, perhaps, that it has now been typed and printed – as it has been said now for some time by those who were once part of the CBC’s sports flagship program and is often said by those still involved with it.
Think of the recent HNIC as the Seinfeld of TV sports, a program that, in the final analysis, is really about very little, at times nothing, but the characters, often outrageous, who come and go between commercials – or, in this case, between periods. If only it were as funny.
It has become a program about itself, when it should be about the game.
added 11:02pm, from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
Cherry, 76, is the face, spirit and personality of a show that begins another season next week, with special Thursday night broadcasts of two season openers, Montreal at Toronto followed by Calgary at Edmonton.
Currently, CBC has no succession strategy and considering his impact, that’s disaster in television. Think, All In The Family after Archie. As a metaphor for the challenges facing the show, he’s the perfect symbol. Just as the network must replace Cherry ultimately, it needs to adapt to the realities of new media.
In interviews with The Globe and Mail, former Hockey Night producers Ralph Mellanby and John Shannon stress that the program must be a trend-setter.
“Right now it’s still a good show, but it’s a little predictable,” Mellanby says. “The intermissions are the biggest challenges to make innovative [and] news-driven. I’d put the stuff from the pregame half-hour show into the body of the show and move the all the panels into the half-hour show. I get tired of all the talking heads on Hockey Night, TSN, Sportsnet, NBC. You need to tell stories, not just use talking heads.”
from Chris Johnston of the CP at The Hockey News,
“At this point, we don’t even know how many 3D TVs are out there. I don’t think anyone has a true grip on it, it’s very similar to the beginning of high definition; no one could really tell,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.
“If I gave you an estimate I’d probably be way off. I’m not being evasive, I honestly don’t know.”
BBM Canada, the non-profit organization that tracks TV ratings, said it doesn’t have any data on 3D viewership yet.
“The system would be able to do it if the TV industry decided they wanted it, but as far as I know, no one has talked about it yet,” said Tom Jenks, director of communications for BBM.
But despite the uncertainty, CBC wants to be a leader in the technology, Moore said. The broadcaster teamed up with Panasonic Canada to go to air with 3D broadcasts of a Dec. 11 game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Heritage Classic on Feb. 20, 2011, an outdoor game at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
Brad May didn’t get through 18 National Hockey League seasons and 1,041 regular-season games by taking many nights off.
He’ll take the same approach again this season in his new hockey venture with CBC Sports as its American Hockey League analyst.
“Mediocrity, for me, is not an option. I want to jump in with two feet and I want to become the best I possibly can be,” May, who will also work as co-host for Hockey Night In Canada Radio and Online, said on the phone from his Toronto home.
Get your calendars out hockey fans and start circling the dates - CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA returns this September with a total of 29 all-Canadian match-ups and the game’s biggest stars, announcing an 87-game broadcast schedule for the 2010-11 season. Plus, viewers will again be able to watch the CBC game of their choice with live and on-demand streaming of all games, special features and much more, available at CBCSports.ca.
from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,
While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.
“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”
Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.
from a CBC press release-
CBC and the American Hockey League (AHL) today announced a one-year broadcast agreement that will see CBC broadcast 10 games throughout the upcoming 2010-11 season.
“We’re looking forward to featuring the stars of hockey’s future with the AHL on CBC,” said Scott Moore, executive director, CBC Sports and general manager, CBC Media Sales & Marketing.
“We’re tremendously excited that CBC, with its distinguished excellence in hockey broadcasting, will be helping us celebrate our historic 75th anniversary this season,” said David Andrews, President and CEO of the American Hockey League. “Viewers across Canada will be treated to the skill and excitement of the best young professionals in our sport.”
from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,
One shoe dropped at Hockey Night In Canada on Friday. Expect the other to drop before the first pucks fly in the fall.
Sherali Najak is out as executive producer, which is interesting in itself because he had only three seasons in that job. But what’s really telling is who replaces him: Trevor Pilling.
Now, Pilling has a pretty impressive resume: CFL, Olympics, World Cup and more. But very little hockey. He has produced NHL games for CBC, but isn’t a member of the HNIC mafia. And that seems to be the point.
He has been brought in to give the place a new look.
Hockey Night In Canada’s Playoff Montage.
via a press release from CBC,
Hockey fans, welcome to the Canadian frontier! CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will be heading to Whitehorse, Yukon for its 11th annual broadcast on Saturday, February 12. Host Ron MacLean will broadcast live from the territory capital for the first time, alongside the legendary Don Cherry.
The 13.5 hour wall-to-wall hockey celebration is an annual tradition featuring all six Canadian NHL teams in action across the country (match ups and times to be announced at a later date). CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA will also be available live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.
“Whitehorse will provide a stunning backdrop for our 11th edition of CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA,” said Joel Darling, director of production for CBC Sports. “Hockey is a Canadian passion. Whitehorse and other communities across Canada’s north have fascinating hockey stories to tell, and we’re excited to be able to share those with Canadians across the country.”
“The Whitehorse community is excited about hosting this national event,” said Mayor Bev Buckway. “Offers of help have been streaming in, and the enthusiasm of our residents for CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada is evident.”
Whitehorse, YT, situated along the west bank of the Yukon River, boasts some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Canada. Surrounded by seemingly endless mountains and lakes, Whitehorse was first established as a trans-shipment point and centre for the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Today, Whitehorse is a cultural hub, embracing the city’s rich frontier town roots as well as its aboriginal heritage.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The two loudest and most stubborn men in hockey are claiming that all is well in their apparent war of words, while evidence to the contrary may indicate the opposite.
One day after Brian Burke said he was “sour, I can tell you that” about comments made about his Toronto Maple Leafs on Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night In Canada, Burke said he spoke to Cherry Thursday afternoon by telephone and indicated that “it’s no big deal, I promise.”
After Wednesday’s general managers meetings in downtown Philadelphia, Burke, the president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, appeared put out about what Cherry has been saying about the Leafs and Burke on Hockey Night and indicated he would have something to say after the Stanley Cup final was over.
Never one to hold back, Burke said: “We have been getting a lot of shots on Hockey Night In Canada and I don’t think the Stanley Cup finals is the appropriate place to start throwing hand grenades back.”
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