Saturday, June 07, 2008

Jesus, Gormley!!!!???

Okay. I've been super busy as well as out of town for the past few days, so I'm sitting here this morning doing my ironing and listening to radio broadcasts that I missed while I was away. I'm listening to John Gormley's phone-in program about the Hockey Night in Canada theme music and the fact that CBC's contract with the composer having expired, Mother Corp is proposing to dump the theme and find something cheaper. It had been costing us $500 every time the show aired. Bear in mind that hockey season doesn't end now until June!!!!!!!

His listeners are phoning in ten to one (or even greater) to say they don't want the theme to change, and Gormley is advising them to phone, write, email etc., etc., etc, their MP and/or the CBC's CEO. DUH!!! Gormley, don't ya think that a big hue and cry will just put the CBC in a weaker position when it come to negotiating a new contract with the music's copyright holder?? The copyright holder will point to the groundswell of Canadian support they have for their music and will have CBC over a barrel. CBC will either have to capitulate in order to maintain their audience, and thereby pay the big bucks, meaning even bigger, since the copyright holder now knows the theme has incredible sentimental value for a large segment of the Canadian population - or - they can walk away from the much loved theme and risk further alienating more of their already shrinking audience. Either way, the Canadian taxpayer isn't getting any break. Not too smart, Gormley.


Blogger huffb1 said...

Let some private company bid for it. Like CTV/TSN.

Thats my take on this.

June 07, 2008 10:37 am  
Blogger huffb1 said...

WOW! I was right. CTV has the song

June 09, 2008 5:11 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Now, if they could just secure the rights to broadcast the Saturday night NHL hockey game, then CBC would go down the tube and Canadians can write it off as a bad debt.

June 09, 2008 7:27 pm  

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