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Wanted: Executive Producer For Hockey Night In Canada

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.


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Video- Don Cherry Says The Leafs Mishandled Nazem Kadri

That topic kicks-off Coach’s Corner tonight. Other topics discussed include the Devils/Rangers fight and the Duncan Keith hit.

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Video- Goals And Saves Of The Week, HNIC Style

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…

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Video- It’s A Green Coach’s Corner

Probably worth watching just for Don’s green attire.

He does touch on a few topics, including the new icing rule…

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When Does Conflict Of Interest Become A Problem?

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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Video- Cherry Says Crosby Should Sit The Rest Of The Season

No mention of Brian Burke although Ron MacLean looked a bit disturbed about his name being brought into the conversation.

Scroll to the 3:30 mark for the Crosby talk.

added 3/11/12 10:53am, for those you without a North American IP, I’ve added another version of Coach’s Corner below.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Video- Our Favorite Subject, The CBA

The Hotstove on HNIC discussed the CBA and some suggested rule changes to stop the trapping.

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Simple Question- Do You Want Cherry And Possible MacLean Removed From HNIC?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Soon, as negotiations to renew Hockey Night In Canada’s contract with the National Hockey League commence, a determination on the future of Cherry and the ever-popular Coach’s Corner segment will have to be made.

It may, in fact, be forced.

When Burke went behind Cherry’s back and made it clear to his NHL brethren that he no longer wanted Cherry on the large Hockey Night stage he found he had surprising support for the concept. He wasn’t alone in wanting the outspoken Cherry silenced. There is a sense within the NHL that Hockey Night, and in particular host Ron MacLean and Cherry, are too combative, too critical, too agenda driven for the NHL’s liking.

If this is the league’s signature program, they, like some of their friends at CBC, would prefer it to be more vanilla. Less spice.

So here’s the CBC dilemma: Cherry remains its ratings grabber. Large as the game may be, he still commands attention far beyond the game itself and long after Saturday night is over. It’s six days after game night and his anti-Burke rant is still a trending topic of conversation.

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My Take

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+maclean

Watching Leafs/Canadiens

via a CBC release,

Saturday night’s broadcast of the Original Six match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA drew the largest audience of the season with an average of 2.51 million viewers. The March 3 audience represents the largest number of viewers for a regular season game on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA since November 20, 2010 when another Leafs/Canadiens matchup reached 2.54 million.

Ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show the game reached nearly 7.4 million viewers, or one in five Canadians. Audience numbers peaked at 9:34 pm ET with an audience of 3.37 million.

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The Cherry/Burke Battle

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

Despite hating each other, Cherry and Burke have had this much in common — there is only one gear in their engine, the one that goes forward.

For the first time, Burke has started backing up.

It’s unclear how two men of such similar outlook on the game came to dislike each other so much. Burke is the sort who needs to dominate every conversation he’s in. He needs his intelligence acknowledged.

Cherry is the sort who just talks until everyone else gives up. He doesn’t care if you’re agreeing, as long as you’re listening. Maybe that’s it.

Cherry picks his fights lightly, and has traditionally let go of them easily. Everyone is just a little bit below his notice, so he can’t be bothered to accrue a long enemies’ list.

Burke has somehow managed to work his way onto that short document.


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  Tags: brian+burke, don+cherry

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