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Fighting Over Big Bang

from Bell Media PR,

Toronto, ON (October 12, 2012) – In an effort to help confused viewers everywhere, CTV responded today to CBC’s request to cease all promotion and publicity for its broadcast plans for BIG BANG NIGHT IN CANADA. The timely, two-hour programming block featuring episodes of Canada’s most-watched television program, THE BIG BANG THEORY, begins tomorrow Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.

In a strongly worded legal directive, the CBC has accused CTV’s branding of being “confusing” to viewers with respect to their trademark for “Hockey Night In Canada.” “We take this matter very seriously,” the letter said.

Apparently, reasonable viewers could consider encore hockey broadcasts “confusing” with the widely popular comedy series about four socially awkward scientists and their friends. 


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Additionally, Bell Media has undertaken a review of its operations to ensure no additional potential “confusion” with CBC programming. Although similarities were found, Bell Media confirms it has no issue with CBC imitating its specialty channel ESPN Classic with the airing of classic hockey games on Saturday nights, as long as CBC is not concerned that viewers may interpret that Gretzky, Gilmour, and Lemieux have come out of retirement.


What a great official press-released reaction to such stupidity.

Posted by NathanBC on 10/12/12 at 01:19 PM ET


Holy shit, what a great response.

Posted by Garth on 10/12/12 at 01:23 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

So does that mean no Canadian TV station can call anything “in Canada” lest viewers be confused between XYZ in Canada and Hockey Night in Canada?

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 10/12/12 at 01:46 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

so much for the HBO series “Hooker Night in Canada”

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 10/12/12 at 02:13 PM ET


So does that mean no Canadian TV station can call anything “in Canada” lest viewers be confused between XYZ in Canada and Hockey Night in Canada?

Please don’t confuse us even more…

Posted by Garth on 10/12/12 at 02:35 PM ET

Paul's avatar

from the Globe and Mail,

The fight for Saturday night television viewers started with a Big Bang, but has ended with a whimper as the CBC backs away from a legal threat intended to stop rival CTV from using the phrase “Big Bang Night In Canada.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/12/12 at 03:38 PM ET

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