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Will 'Hockey Night in Canada' be able to successfully replace the old theme?
Wed, September 3, 2008

TORONTO - The CBC received nearly 15,000 submissions in its quest to find a new theme song for "Hockey Night in Canada."

A total of 14,685 entries were submitted to the broadcaster's Anthem Challenge contest prior to the Aug. 31 deadline, CBC said Wednesday.

The network is holding the Canada-wide search after the rights to the iconic jingle that opened its weekly hockey broadcast for some 40 years were snapped up by CTV in June.

Will 'Hockey Night in Canada' be able to successfully replace the old theme?

Full story: Nearly 15,000 submissions for Hockey Night in Canada theme contest



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TSN just bought a ton of tradition, and fans, with its purchase of the HNIC Theme song. Looks like Kirke won't be needed after all... So much for the CBC!
Jason Anderson, 2008-06-09 16:36:50

So, while the People's Network sat there with their thumb up their bum, CTV bought the rights to the tune out from under them.

Nice to know our taxpayer dollars are providing work for idiots.
DisgruntledFan, 2008-06-09 16:31:42

CTV buys the HNIC song? Love it. CTV thinks like a business. CBC thinks like the bloated, tax-funded embarrassment it has become.
dave, 2008-06-09 16:29:11

that was just a matter of time, finally, the CBC is run by bafoons.

Now TSN will get to play that song and HNIC will become more and more irrelevant.

Serves 'em right.Maybe ol Buzz Hargrove was the negotiator
Hammertime, 2008-06-09 16:25:25

disgraceful! CBC or no one. What a sleazy move by ctv/tsn. Especially now that cbc had asked for mediation. not cool ctv.
Mark G, 2008-06-09 16:21:57

This purchase by CTV is still the same thing. This song IS HNIC! It's NOT TSN. It's NOT the Olympics! This song is Saturday Night hockey on HNIC! This is another example of why the CBC SUCKS!

CTV believe me YOU SUCK just as much! In my opinion CTV bought the rights JUST to screw over the competition. This song does NOT belong on ANY of your broadcasts.

DISGUSTING!
Chris McPhedran, 2008-06-09 16:10:38

Smart very smart CTV!

Talk about a marketing sound byte and a GREAT song to boot!

CBC doesn't get it, change for the sake of change is sometimes really DUMB!
David Geddes, 2008-06-09 16:10:29

I'd like to see the terms of the agreement! I have a hard time believing that even CBC is that stupid to mess with Hockey. There is probably more to this than meets the eye. Did the composer get greedy? LET US KNOW THE FULL DETAILS SO ALL US CDN HOCKEY FANS CAN KNOW WHERE TO VENT OUR ANGER.
Drew, 2008-06-09 16:05:00

My god I've been ceansord for sticking up for my country and telling the truth on both sides..oh well

Don't rant on my country and I won't rant on yours The USA has to pick a good presdent for this coming election and the next one. so pick wisely America. you fait id in your hands as a whole. Don't blame us for future problems. Sorry southernly neiblour your starting to crumble and it's starting to show. Sad thing is other countries are starting to notice. Better vote on a good President

CBC theme song was negolated and unforantly CBC refuse to pay up for it. Compare to what other station paid it was peanuts. The Theme song for X files cost about $3,000,000 in royalties a few years ago, Knight ridger, Airwolf, Blue Thunder, GI Joe, A team, The Cosby Show etc cost a lot of money so that it can be heard on Family guy for pratually one espisode. More than what it would of cost to be played on CBC every night before hockey. The main reason is that CBC did not want to fork over the cash. good old Corporte greed strikes again. Now they need to maitane a public image and run a contest to have a new theme song. And fork out a huge cash prize worth more than twice it would of cost for the royalites on the HNIC theme song. So much for maitaining Canada's "National Image and Hertige" CBC. It was what put CBC on the map. TSN should looks good right about now. I hoep they buy the rights to brodcast every single NHL game out there. It would be a perfect season for them.
A hockey fan, 2008-06-09 15:32:22

Oh lord...Gord Kirke. This guy makes more money from doing nothing than anyone out there. Find a Leafs GM - like anyone on this forum couldn't identify the top prospects in 5 seconds, yet the Leafs pay Kirke to do it. Now the CBC will pay him to mediate over something they should have been able to handle in-house BEFORE announcing the new theme contest. So just wait - in a few days we will have the original theme, the new theme and CBC will be out $100,000 to the winner and god knows what to Kirke.

Oh well, it's only taxpayer money...go nuts.
Tom Veil, 2008-06-09 14:40:58

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