CBC will again give viewers the silent treatment

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

Get used to the CBC's new way of airing CFL games.

Barring a settlement with its 5,500 locked-out employees, the CBC will again use management personnel as camera operators -- and no commentators -- to air Saturday's game between B.C. and Saskatchewan in Regina.

That means a repeat of Saturday's Argos-Eskimos broadcast, during which the only voice viewers heard was that of public address announcer Al Stafford at Commonwealth Stadium.

"We're going to look at some technical issues, and see how we can improve," said CBC spokesman Jason McDonald, referring to the audio quality in particular. "We're seeing what we can do to improve the clarity of what people hear."

The CFL expressed its concern.

"We're asking the CBC to take all the necessary steps to improve the game broadcast," said spokeswoman Alexis Redmond. "We expect a broadcast that is consistent with the level of any major league sport."

CBC's audience for Saturday's game was 449,000 -- slightly above the season average of 408,000, said McDonald.

The CBC will continue to go without a pre-game show. One member of the network's studio panel, Sean Millington, has already moved on.

In a decision unrelated to the CBC's woes, Millington announced yesterday he is coming out of retirement to join the Argos.

rob.brodie@ott.sunpub.com


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