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from Jamie Sturgeon of the Financial Post,
It is perhaps a foregone conclusion to many in the industry but not Kirstine Stewart.
The chief of the CBC’s English services said this week she has every intention of bringing back the National Hockey League to the public broadcaster when the current contract with the league comes due two years from now.
“We’re going to,” the executive said forcefully during a panel discussion Thursday with the heads of the country’s networks. “That’s our plan.”
But it’s perhaps a brave face and false hope given her opponents. Both Rogers Communications Inc. and CTV— now Bell Media — were already formidable foes before BCE Inc. bet on TV content to fuel its telecom businesses and acquired the network and specialty-channel operator, a strategy that has raised the stakes for all.
On Coach’s Corner tonight, the main topic was the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa.
added 11:00pm, For those of you without a North American IP, you can watch Coach’s Corner below…
I have no doubt Don Cherry will continue his holy crusade to keep hockey what it was when he was a coach. The fact that it was 30 years ago and things have changed enormously since then doesn’t matter. He’s a man stuck in the past and he’s not above oversimplifying or even falsifying things if it suits his purposes. He’s not about to speak against the kind of hockey that has made him a household name and a hugely wealthy man.
-Stu Hackel at Hockey Inside/Out on Don Cherry, where you can read more about Don Cherry.
What would the Flames receive in return for Iginla? That and a few more topics were discussed tonight on the Hotstove.
Ron and Don discuss the Carkner/Boyle incident, the Vancouver Canucks, Ian White, Bertuzzi/Weber and Penguins/Flyers.
Ron MacLean and Don Cherry talk Sens/Rangers, Pens/Flyers, /Kings/Canucks, Shea Weber (did not deserve a suspension) and Mike Smith.
Why not watch the HNIC Stanley Cup Countdown.
Previews of every series plus the HNIC crew with some interesting takes on the games.
Watch the show below…
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed a few topics, including the whole Penguins/Crosby issue this week and knee hits….
from Jeff Davis and Jordan Press at Canada.com,
The austerity axe chopped deep into the CBC’s budget Wednesday, and will result in “a very different public broadcaster” CBC president Hubert Lacroix said.
Viewers can expect less original programming, more reruns and — for the first time — ads on CBC radio as the broadcaster copes with a $115-million cut in federal funding. The agency will also sell buildings, tinker with employee pensions and cut 650 jobs in the coming three years as it adjusts to a smaller budget….
CBC sports coverage, especially of hockey, will be maintained, Stewart added.
“(Sports coverage) actually gives us a margin of profitability that we then invest in other programming,” she said. “We are very committed to a relationship with NHL.”
Stewart would not say whether Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner segment — which reportedly pays controversial host Don Cherry upwards of $800,000 — will be chopped.
more on the budget cuts…
Scotty Bowman in an advisory position with the Canadiens?
Watch the Hotstove and find out, plus other hockey topics.
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