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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.
Plus other topics revolving around the NHL.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
An NHL season dogged by controversy at Hockey Night in Canada is ending with a search for a new executive producer for the program. Current executive producer Trevor Pilling says in an internal CBC memo that his “time needs to be spent defining the larger vision of CBC Sports production and seeing that our department has the tools and talent it needs to be great.”
Pilling goes on to say, “This position is one of the most important in the industry and the successful candidate will have earned a rare opportunity in sports broadcasting.” Rare perhaps understates the opportunity or challenge facing Hockey Night. Under siege from unhappy Canadian NHL teams and the league itself, the Saturday night staple has two years to prove that it deserves to keep all or some of the coveted national TV contract in Canada that is has owned almost since the advent of TV.
The question is: What respected broadcast executive can CBC recruit with no guarantee of an NHL TV contract beyond the 2013-14 season? Can the CBC pay industry rates to attract a qualified candidate? And will the CBC back any successful candidate who wishes to rein in the stars of the show, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean?
Usual Suspects has spoken with several industry figures who’ve been approached about the position. Their concerns ranged from compensation levels to whether CBC’s board would support changes with Cherry and MacLean. One industry veteran also cited the ability to weather the internal politics of the CBC.
That topic kicks-off Coach’s Corner tonight. Other topics discussed include the Devils/Rangers fight and the Duncan Keith hit.
A little change of pace for the best of the week. We turn to Hockey Night In Canada for their top 5 goals and saves of the week.
First the goals followed by the saves below…
Probably worth watching just for Don’s green attire.
He does touch on a few topics, including the new icing rule…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The subject of Cherry had also been raised at a board of governors’ meeting at the NHL all-star game when several teams complained about Cherry; about the Toronto-centric nature of Hockey Night in Canada’s coverage; and the journalistic standards adhered to by Cherry and his sidekick Ron MacLean.
The Vancouver Canucks, just so you know, have huge issues with Hockey Night. The difference is the Canucks are not owned by Rogers and Bell, the Leafs’ owners who also own, respectively, Sportsnet and TSN.
I mean, this is more complicated than Mother’s Day at Shawn Kemp’s house. It’s also disturbing and more than a little outrageous, but it also seems the viewing audience has lost its capacity to be outraged by the incestuous relationship between the media in Canada and the teams they cover.
Why is this? Wish I had an answer. The lines have always been blurry between the press and the Canadian NHL teams, and agenda reporting isn’t exactly a new concept. We all talk to people in the game. We protect their anonymity in exchange for information. Consciously or unconsciously, we slant the coverage in their favour. The good ones are subtle about it. Others, not so much. But there was never the sense that the coverage was an extension of the team.
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