Cuthbert, TSN an ideal match?

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

So what's next for Chris Cuthbert?

The pre-eminent play-by-play voice, who was dumped last Wednesday by the CBC in a shocking move, planned to have "exploratory talks" this week toward finding new employment.

If those discussions involve one of Canada's two main sports networks, they're not saying.

Rogers Sportsnet production boss Rick Briggs-Jude has all but ruled out a Cuthbert hire, saying a decision on the only available play-by-play opening at the network -- Blue Jays telecasts -- has already been made.

Expect to hear the name Jamie Campbell made official in relation to that job sometime soon.

Over at TSN, the response was a little more, shall we say, guarded in nature. Rick Chisholm, the network's VP of programming and production, declined to comment on Cuthbert's availability other than to say he "is acknowledged as one of the top broadcasters in Canada."

Which is why, it says here, that Cuthbert and TSN should find a way to get together. TSN has an expanded CFL schedule this season (see details below) and -- if the NHL ever gets rolling this fall -- its hockey plate will overflow, too.

There's room for Cuthbert in both areas. And let's not forget TSN's involvement with the Olympics, which will grow substantially starting in 2010 in Vancouver.

Sounds like a marriage worth considering, doesn't it?

ROAD TO THE GREY CUP: The CFL gets almost blanket coverage this season, with 76 of 81 regular-season games televised. TSN is airing 53 of them (plus a pre-season game in Halifax), while CBC offers up 22. RDS is the lone carrier for the Blue Bombers-Alouettes game on Sept. 25 ... All 18 Alouettes games are on RDS again this season ... 20 Friday Night Football games on TSN will be broadcast in high-definition format ... The Renegades get their first-ever appearance on CBC's Saturday night summer series, when the Stampeders visit Frank Clair Stadium on July 16 ... The 'Gades are featured on six TSN Friday nighters ... With Cuthbert gone, CBC's main CFL voice this season is expected to be Ottawa native Mark Lee, with veteran Don Wittman also getting some games.

AROUND THE DIAL: Curling definitely rocks on Rogers Television. Coverage of the Kia Cup Ontario men's championships last month brought Rogers its largest audience of the season. Its five-minute audience reach was 233,400 viewers across the province. The Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts, won by Ottawa's Jenn Hanna, pulled in an average reach of 146,900 ... The Score is hoops heaven next Friday, when four Big East and Atlantic Coast conference tourney games are on the slate.


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