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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, February 7, 2009 – Page S6
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-- Hard times hit several all-sport radio stations in the United States recently, although it may be more accurate to say Clear Channel Communications used the economic downturn as reason to gut the stations.  FULL STORY arrow
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Classic scores with U.S., but Canadian ratings sink space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – Page S3
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-- The Super Bowl on Sunday was hyped as an instant classic because of the record 100-yard interception return, a rally by the Arizona Cardinals and a victory in the final seconds by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Super Bowl inspired no shortage of superlatives space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, February 2, 2009 – Page S5
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-- During an NBC media conference call last week, Al Michaels said there would be eight million stories to pursue during the network's Super Bowl telecast.The game, the veteran announcer said, would dictate which stories were told.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC bans the p-word space
'Pansification' dropped from on-air lexicon
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, January 31, 2009 – Page S2
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-- Don Cherry appears to have influence, even in matters of gay rights.Taking Cherry's lead, the CBC announced yesterday it has reversed its position on the use of the term ''pansification.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Cherry refuses to use the word 'pansification' space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, January 30, 2009 – Page S1
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-- Don Cherry, describing himself as a supporter of gay rights yesterday, pledged that he would not use the word ''pansification'' on the popular Coach's Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Super Bowl ad sales strong despite economy space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, January 30, 2009 – Page S2
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-- The Super Bowl presented several challenges to NBC.For starters, the U.S. economy went south six months before the big game, leaving the network's sales department with a recessed market.  FULL STORY arrow
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Gay group outraged by CBC's use of 'pansification' space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, January 29, 2009 – Page S1
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-- A gay rights group has complained to the CBC about the use of the term ''pansification'' by Hockey Night in Canada commentators.Hockey Night commentator Mike Milbury coined the expression to describe how the NHL would be softened should the league heed calls to ban fighting. He has used ''pansification'' at least twice on Hockey Night this season, in November and again on Jan. 17. His colleague, Don Cherry, has also made reference to it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Vaive changes his views on the rough stuff space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – Page S2
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-- You can count Rick Vaive among former NHL players who believe new rules are needed to curb fighting in professional hockey.Not many share the view of the former Toronto Maple Leafs captain. The majority of players, past and present, as well as coaches and general managers are more likely to say fighting is an important part of hockey and should continue to be.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thornton suggests cash incentive to liven up game space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, January 26, 2009 – Page S3
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-- A consistent theme throughout the CBC's coverage of the NHL all-star weekend was the issue of the game itself.Analyst Mike Milbury made it clear he was no fan of the no-check, no-touch, no-intensity spectacle.  FULL STORY arrow
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NHL puts its white elephant on full display space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, January 23, 2009 – Page S7
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-- A few days ago, TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie called the NHL all-star weekend a ''white elephant'' in the sense that it's dull, cumbersome and, as a spectacle, a liability more than an asset.  FULL STORY arrow
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NHL audiences on upswing space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – Page S3
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-- At the midway point of the season, NHL television audiences in Canada and the United States are showing major increases.TSN's average viewership is up 17 per cent from last year to 481,000 a game.  FULL STORY arrow
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McGuire, Milbury drop gloves over fighting space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, January 19, 2009 – Page S5
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-- Given the coverage the issue has received, it seemed fitting that NBC's first Sunday of the NHL regular season would feature a fight.The battle in this case, however, wasn't on the ice.  FULL STORY arrow
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Blue Jays strike out with CBC space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, January 15, 2009 – Page S1
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-- Citing declining sales, the CBC has pulled out as a carrier of Toronto Blue Jays telecasts.Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said yesterday a drop in revenue, coupled with the cost of TV rights, knocked the Jays out of the box. Another factor is the CBC's inability, as a broadcaster, to supplement ad revenue with revenue from cable companies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Grapes defends fighting - but not thugs space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, January 12, 2009 – Page S5
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-- When Don Cherry said on Saturday that he is opposed to NHL teams employing designated thugs, it seemed to be a revelation.After all, he's the leading proponent of fighting and defender of pugilists among the hockey media.  FULL STORY arrow
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Olympic broadcast team going for the gold space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, January 9, 2009 – Page A3
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-- Gino Reda managed to stay on the road, but he missed his turn after he was called on Wednesday night and told he was part of CTV's Vancouver Olympic broadcast team.  FULL STORY arrow
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Gold-medal game sets viewership record space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – Page S4
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-- If there was any question about which sporting event rates as TSN's franchise property, the audience for Monday's gold-medal game between the Canadian and Swedish juniors answered it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fighting debate a draw, with few punches landed space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, January 5, 2009 – Page S1
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-- Questions arising out of Don Sanderson's death from a hockey fight went unanswered, for the most part, by television commentators on the weekend.Will the tragedy move the NHL to abolish fighting? Or will it merely inspire calls for increased safety measures?  FULL STORY arrow
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How the Blackhawks became the talk of Chicago space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, January 1, 2009 – Page S2
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-- After arriving in Chicago to set up for today's NHL outdoor game, NBC producer Sam Flood got in touch with a high-school classmate living in the city.''I went out to dinner with him and met a bunch of his friends,'' Flood said yesterday. ''The men - and the women - could not stop talking about the outdoor game and how excited they were about seeing this thing. It was unbelievable.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Raptor fans protest Rogers's refusal to pick up network space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 – Page S2
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-- A small, but noisy group protested yesterday against Rogers Cable, which is refusing to pick up TSN2 and its 23-game package of Toronto Raptors games.The demonstrators carried signs, blew whistles and voiced their complaints outside the Rogers offices in downtown Toronto.  FULL STORY arrow
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A solid year of cameras and quips space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, December 29, 2008 – Page S5
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-- Let's begin this look back at 2008 with the top broadcasts, emphasizing the spectacle as well as the quality of the telecast:1. The U.S. Open playoff round. Tiger Woods, hobbled by an injured knee and barely able to finish, prevailed over Rocco Mediate to produce one of sport's great performances. NBC conveyed the drama without overstating the occasion. On the 18th hole, the cameras were able to get both golfers in the same frame at the green - one putting and the other watching. Veteran reporter Mark Rolfing said, ''I don't know if I've ever witnessed golf like this.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Women on TV: Looks first, knowledge later space
It's a basic requirement that women on TV have to be attractive. What's interesting is that younger female journalists aren't afraid to use this to their advantage, while older ones prefer to be known for brains more than beauty. Is the fight for credibility losing ground? And don't even ask what the men want.
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, December 20, 2008 – Page S1
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-- Norma Wick had worked as a broadcaster for 16 years, most of it in sports, when she sent her resume and tapes to a sports network in Toronto.She was 40 years old and had been employed by Global Television in Vancouver as well as Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment covering the Vancouver Grizzlies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rogers, TSN2 near deal space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, December 12, 2008 – Page S6
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-- Rogers Cable is close to reaching an agreement to carry TSN2, the digital channel that airs Toronto Raptors telecasts as well as other major-league content.''We're hopeful we will get a deal done very shortly,'' said David Purdy, the vice-president and general manager of Rogers Cable.  FULL STORY arrow
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Cuthbert gets the nod for gold-medal game space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 – Page S4
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-- In a few weeks, the CTV-Rogers consortium will announce its on-air talent for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.One of the high-profile hires will be Catriona Le May Doan, the Olympic gold medalist, who will analyze speed skating.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBS, TSN on their game stories space
Canadian content provides a key element of both Bills' and Raptors' games
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, December 8, 2008 – Page S7
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-- The Portland Trail Blazers visited the Air Canada Centre yesterday to play the Toronto Raptors, but the compelling story for television viewers wasn't the matchup. Rather, it was the impact of the Raptors' coaching change.  FULL STORY arrow
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Viewership increases sharply at CBC, TSN, RDS space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, December 4, 2008 – Page S2
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-- Two months into the NHL season, national audiences for hockey telecasts in Canada have shown big increases.At the CBC, the Hockey Night in Canada viewership has grown in all time slots, with the pregame show making the largest gain. It's averaging 527,000 viewers, for an increase of 56 per cent over last year.  FULL STORY arrow
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Overhead system may change TV sports space
Brandon man develops concept in father's garage to produce 360-degree camera shot
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, December 2, 2008 – Page S2
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-- A computer whiz working out of a garage to produce breakthrough technology is part of the folklore of the digital age.Michael Brown of Brandon set up shop in his father's garage and invented a camera system that may be the next big thing in sports television.  FULL STORY arrow
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Burke will provide great fodder space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, December 1, 2008 – Page S7
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-- Brian Burke ranks as the most colourful hockey executive to run the Toronto Maple Leafs since Harold Ballard ran the club, unfortunately, into the ground.Like the late Leafs owner, Burke is blustery, outspoken and often controversial - all good things if you're a reporter and looking for a story.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sports finishes second to hot news topics space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, November 28, 2008 – Page S6
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-- In the early fall, sports talk competed against hot news subjects in radio that included a federal election, a U.S. election and the economic downturn.In almost every case, sports finished second.  FULL STORY arrow
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Small audience tunes in to Grey Cup Game space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 – Page S4
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-- TSN's first Grey Cup telecast drew one of the lowest television audiences in the history of the CFL championship game.The 2.439 million people who watched the Calgary Stampeders' win over the Montreal Alouettes is the Cup's second-worst TV audience since 1989.  FULL STORY arrow
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TSN aces inaugural Grey Cup telecast space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, November 24, 2008 – Page S9
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-- Immediately after Avon Cobourne scored the Montreal Alouettes' only touchdown in yesterday's Grey Cup game, a TSN camera and microphone alertly went to him at the sideline where he was yapping about the Calgary Stampeders ''crying'' and boastfully describing himself and a teammate as ''MVP.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Economic storm sweeps through Grey Cup press box space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, November 21, 2008 – Page S4
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-- The Grey Cup is a Canadian institution, but the media contingent covering the event will be the smallest in years.The Ottawa Citizen, just a few hours away by car from Sunday's game in Montreal, will not attend. Nor will the Ottawa Sun.  FULL STORY arrow
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Grey Cup ad rates are good, but a long way from Super space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 – Page S4
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-- One of the curiosities of Canadian sports television is the small regard advertisers have for the Grey Cup, compared with the Super Bowl.The two championship games each draw about the same number of viewers, with the Super Bowl holding a slight advantage, but there's no comparison in terms of ad rates.  FULL STORY arrow
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Obama states his case; Harper stays silent space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 – Page S4
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-- U.S. president-elect Barack Obama's to-do list is long and daunting, what with a worsening financial crisis and two wars to manage.Yet he took time during his 60 Minutes interview to address another subject: sports, specifically U.S. college football and its failed system of deciding a national champion.  FULL STORY arrow
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TSN faces greatest test with Grey Cup space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, November 17, 2008 – Page S7
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-- TSN has produced plenty of major telecasts over 24 years, but Sunday will represent a benchmark.The Grey Cup will rank as the biggest and most important event that TSN has covered. It also will confirm TSN as the dominant sports cable channel in this country and move it closer to the CBC as a leading carrier of high-end sports programming.  FULL STORY arrow
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What's to blame for poor CFL playoff ratings? space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, November 15, 2008 – Page S6
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-- In the wake of surprisingly poor CFL playoff audiences last week, the league will review its decision to air the games on Saturday, the league's commissioner Mark Cohon said on Thursday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Internet makes it a whole new game space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 – Page S5
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-- The Internet is transforming sports broadcasting to such a degree that cable and satellite companies could become redundant and even go out of business.That was the consensus of a blue-ribbon panel of sports executives during a sports-management conference in Toronto yesterday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fewer NHL regular-season games, pundits suggest space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 – Page S4
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-- If you could make one change to the NHL, what would it be?From a poll of hockey broadcasters, the most cited change was: reduce the number of regular-season games.  FULL STORY arrow
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Memo to TSN's football broadcasters: Shut up, already space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, November 10, 2008 – Page S7
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-- A football telecast without play-by-play commentary doesn't work.That became clear to the CFL when the CBC aired a handful of games without audio during a lockout of its employees in 2005.  FULL STORY arrow
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McCown's political theories spark debate space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, November 7, 2008 – Page S4
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-- When the conversation on Toronto radio station The Fan 590 turned to politics, host Bob McCown tossed out a theory that sparked debate and also some controversy.It was Wednesday afternoon, the day after Democrat Barack Obama's historic victory in the U.S. presidential election, and McCown suggested Obama had won because he was black.  FULL STORY arrow
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COC's bid for amateur sports channel gets a boost space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – Page S5
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-- New federal broadcasting regulations announced last week should help the Canadian Olympic Committee in its bid to launch an amateur sports channel.Most advantageous to the COC was the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Committee's decision to maintain its must-carry designation for specified channels.  FULL STORY arrow
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CRTC unshackles TSN, Sportsnet space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, October 31, 2008 – Page S4
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-- The sports television landscape changed dramatically yesterday when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission released new policies on broadcasting.The new rules will eliminate regulatory constraints on TSN and Rogers Sportsnet.  FULL STORY arrow
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MLSE negotiating to acquire GolTV space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 – Page S4
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-- Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is pondering the expansion of its television holdings to include a soccer channel and perhaps a general-interest sports service modelled after MSG in New York.  FULL STORY arrow
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Avery's trash talk elicits trash talk from critics space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, October 24, 2008 – Page S2
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-- When NHL people talk about Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery, the conversation turns personal very quickly.Bob Clarke, the former Philadelphia Flyers general manager, called him an idiot while appearing on TSN this week. Don Cherry of the CBC thinks he's a jerk. John Tortorella of TSN agreed mostly with Clarke's view that the Stars should tell him to shut up or ship out.  FULL STORY arrow
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TSN going big on Raptors space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 – Page R10
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-- Two stories are tied to an announcement, expected today, that TSN and its companion channel, TSN2, will air 48 Toronto Raptors games in 2008-09.The first is about TSN's move to brand itself as the leading channel for NBA content.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fox bullish despite weak matchup space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – Page S5
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-- The success of the Tampa Bay Rays, a small-market and a somewhat obscure and struggling franchise, is a World Series story that television would rather have avoided.Especially when the Boston Red Sox were knocking on the door.  FULL STORY arrow
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Caray can get carried away sometimes space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, October 20, 2008 – Page S7
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-- When you hear an ordinary foul ball described as ''majestic,'' you know the announcer has either become way too involved in the game or happens to be Chip Caray.Caray, TBS's lead baseball announcer, has a habit of overstating the ordinary, and he also periodically grapples with the basics of play-calling, such as differentiating between a go-ahead run and a winning run.  FULL STORY arrow
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Goodfellas story parallels Cherry's life space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, October 17, 2008 – Page S2
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-- If you liked Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, you might be interested in what Tim Cherry has in mind for a biopic about his father.A CBC movie on Don Cherry's life in hockey could begin production in June of next year.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 – Page S6
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-- Broad new broadcasting regulations, expected to be announced later this month, could change radically the way television viewers receive their sports programming.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is expected to revise the rules pertaining to mandatory carriage, genre protection and restrictions on the entry of foreign channels.  FULL STORY arrow
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Alberta teacher collects $100,000 for his hockey tune space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, October 13, 2008 – Page S7
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-- The CBC has a new hockey theme.And TSN owns the rights to a hockey song that is classic gold.But the real winner on the weekend was Colin Oberst, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher who collected $100,000 for writing the new hockey tune for the CBC.  FULL STORY arrow
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New Raptors voice holds the onions space
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Thursday, October 9, 2008 – Page S2
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-- Well, he's not Chuck Swirsky, which, depending on how you believe a basketball game should be called, is either good or not so good.Matt Devlin made his debut as the Toronto Raptors' television voice last night and, in a smooth, easy style, made a strong first impression.  FULL STORY arrow
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Shannon to focus on NHL Network space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 – Page S7
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-- John Shannon, the NHL's executive vice-president of broadcasting, was announced yesterday as the head of programming and production of the NHL Network. He will continue with his league job, but said his focus will be on the network.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008 – Page S4
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-- Summer is the slow season for sports radio in this country, but the annual audience survey in July and August does reveal trends.In Toronto, Toronto Blue Jays listeners on The Fan 590 jumped 15 per cent from last summer, perhaps because interest increased with Cito Gaston taking over as the Jays' manager.  FULL STORY arrow
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Despite early bumps and bruises, Sportsnet turns 10 space
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Monday, October 6, 2008 – Page S4
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-- Born out of a shotgun wedding, unwanted in the beginning and later subjected to a bitter divorce, Rogers Sportsnet had a rough start in life.When it was launched in 1998, there was a perception Sportsnet would not last more than a year or two. Skeptics said there was not enough advertising to sustain a second all-sport network. Canada was too small, television properties too expensive and the sports culture too thin.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, October 6, 2008 – Page S7
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-- Hockey Night in Canada made its debut over the weekend with new faces, a changed attitude and, for the first time in 40 years, no song.A jingle that included a few bars of O Canada was used during the NHL telecasts from Europe, but the traditional theme is gone, now the property of CTV-TSN. The CBC will announce the winner of its Hockey Night songwriting contest on Saturday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hockey commentators waste no time in calling the shots space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, October 2, 2008 – Page S4
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-- Where should we start?Perhaps with Nikolai Khabibulin, the Chicago Blackhawks goalie who is ''like a dead mouse in the kitchen cabinet. Nobody wants to go near it.''That was Hockey Night in Canada commentator Mike Milbury's description of Khabibulin, who has cleared waivers and, Milbury says, needs to be moved quickly by the Blackhawks.  FULL STORY arrow
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Economy bodychecks NHL coverage space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 – Page S8
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-- Economic woes combined with cutbacks in the newspaper business will reduce the level of print coverage given the NHL in some U.S. markets.In Florida, The Palm Beach Post decided last week to discontinue staff coverage of the Florida Panthers.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, September 29, 2008 – Page S7
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-- Watching baseball's postseason became complicated and in some cases impossible a year ago.WTBS, which aired playoff games, had been replaced on the dial by its Turner companion channel, Peachtree, which did not air playoff games.  FULL STORY arrow
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Boston sports fans can feast on new weekly tabloid space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, September 26, 2008 – Page S6
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-- At a time when the sports departments of daily newspapers are in a defensive position, laying off staff and shrinking in size, The Boston Globe decided to turn around and mount a charge.  FULL STORY arrow
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NHL to distribute games to Asian TV market space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, September 25, 2008 – Page S5
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-- The NHL will announce tomorrow a multiyear rights deal to distribute NHL games to a large part of the Asian television market, including China and India. The agreement, with the All Sports Network (ASN), will include more than 130 regular-season games, the NHL all-star game, the playoffs and Stanley Cup final. Highlights programs will also be available. ASN is owned by Yes TV in Hong Kong.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, September 22, 2008 – Page S5
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-- A gutsy performance by the Americans on the final day of the Ryder Cup was red meat for the spectators at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club.They cheered loud and hard for the home team, revelled in the spectacle of good old boy Boo Weekley galloping down the fairway on his driver and were thrilled by the nasty beating that Anthony Kim laid on Europe's Sergio Garcia.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ryder Cup covered from every angle space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, September 19, 2008 – Page S4
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-- The Ryder Cup is appealing because it strips away golf's pretense of decorum to give us the gritty things that intrigue fans - rivalries, gamesmanship, nationalistic pride and players working together to defeat the other side.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 – Page S4
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-- When the Hockey Night in Canada crew meets this week to plan for the coming NHL season, two decisions will have already been made.Jim Hughson will replace Bob Cole as the play-by-play voice for the 7 p.m. Eastern game. And Mark Lee's workload will be increased.  FULL STORY arrow
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Broadcasters give life to meaningless Jays game space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, September 15, 2008 – Page S7
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-- The Toronto Blue Jays' miracle run came to a screaming halt at Fenway Park on Saturday, and that left the CBC with a far-less interesting story to pursue yesterday as the Jays wrapped up their weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.  FULL STORY arrow
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European expansion on the horizon, Daly says space
Creating new NHL division within the next 10 years is a 'priority'
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, September 12, 2008 – Page S1
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-- The NHL is aiming to have teams based in Europe within the next 10 years, the league's deputy commissioner said yesterday.''As time goes on, you'll see us making increasing movement into Europe,'' Bill Daly said in an interview. ''Certainly, it's a possibility that within 10 years time we will be playing games there.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, September 11, 2008 – Page S3
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-- The Toronto Blue Jays' winning streak is starting to produce big television numbers.TSN drew its largest Blue Jays audience in eight years on Tuesday night, when 650,000 tuned in for the second game of the doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 – Page S4
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-- The CFL is contemplating an overhaul of its video-replay system.In the wake of protracted delays, the league wants the process for arbitrating disputed calls sped up.And it may move to institute a centralized system similar to that of the NHL.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 – Page S4
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-- The CFL chose to schedule its first Sunday doubleheader of the season against the NFL's opening afternoon of its regular season.Did that make sense?The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes sold out their home games against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts, respectively.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, September 8, 2008 – Page S8
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-- After a morning filled with chatter and more chatter about Brett Favre and his debut in the afternoon with the New York Jets, Chad Pennington, the Jets' former quarterback, almost stole the show.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, September 5, 2008 – Page S4
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-- NFL broadcasters spent a good part of the week talking football to the media in advance of the first weekend of play.They fielded questions about Peyton Manning's absence from the exhibition season, Bill Parcells's new job as an executive with the Miami Dolphins and the outlook for the New England Patriots, after their Super Bowl upset.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, September 4, 2008 – Page S2
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-- John Tortorella is taking his fiery personality to television, where he will work as a studio analyst on TSN's hockey telecasts this season.As the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tortorella had a reputation for being passionate, outspoken and aggressive - traits that landed him in trouble from time to time, but should help make him a colourful TV commentator.  FULL STORY arrow
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CTV-Rogers look to raise the bar with round-the-clock coverage in 2010 space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 – Page S3
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-- Canada's new Olympic broadcaster will air an unprecedented level of programming hours from the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games, the company's president Keith Pelley said yesterday.''There has never been a commitment of this magnitude to covering the Games in this country or maybe anywhere in the world,'' said Pelley, who heads the CTV-Rogers Olympic consortium. ''I honestly believe it will be a watershed experience.''  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC bows out with gold-medal broadcasts space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, August 25, 2008 – Page S8
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-- The CBC, after a 12-year run as Canada's Olympic network, leaves the arena with a record that includes thorough coverage, live programming any time of day and a high standard of broadcasting.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, August 23, 2008 – Page S2
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-- The important and lasting story of the Beijing Olympics is neither the eight gold medals won by Michael Phelps nor the world record performances of Usain Bolt at the track.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, August 23, 2008 – Page S6
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-- With the closing ceremony a day away, let's look at the quality of the CBC's analysis and commentary at Beijing over the past two weeks.Generally, it's been good, but there have been a few memorable clunkers.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, August 22, 2008 – Page S6
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-- Sports fans are never sure what they will get from the CBC's Ron MacLean.It could be a pun, a non sequitur, an on-air argument with his Hockey Night in Canada partner, Don Cherry, or even a hell or a damn - not the sort of language you hear from other television personalities.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC scores a licence for SportsPlus channel space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Thursday, August 21, 2008 – Page S9
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-- The CBC has been granted a licence to start a sports cable television channel.However, the decision by the federal regulator was questioned almost immediately by sports television executives.Joel Darling, the head of production for CBC Sports, said the digital channel, to be called CBC SportsPlus, is likely to be launched in the first half of 2009.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 – Page S6
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-- The flow of Canadian medals on the weekend pushed the CBC's Olympic audiences to a high of 2.567 million on Saturday night for Ryan Cochrane's bronze-medal swim in the 1,500-metre freestyle.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC never dropped the ball, despite rapid-fire juggling of medal events space
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Monday, August 18, 2008 – Page S6
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-- For the first time at the Beijing Olympics, Canadian athletes were able to give the CBC something more compelling to cover than personal bests and good tries.''On Saturday morning, we had three medals in a span of 46 minutes,'' Joel Darling, head of production for CBC Sports, said yesterday. ''So it was nice not to have to put up a medal board that did not include Canadians.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, August 16, 2008 – Page S6
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-- The CBC's track and field coverage at Beijing started on Friday with a tribute to Don Wittman, the network's long-time Olympic announcer who died of cancer in January.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC commentators accomplishing more than personal bests space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, August 15, 2008 – Page S6
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-- It's time to reward the Olympic broadcasters.After a week of Beijing television coverage, the medals have been minted and are ready to be handed out. The losing broadcasters will be sent home and replaced with more attractive people who will lip-sync their words.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, August 15, 2008 – Page S9
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-- It is not a coincidence that TSN2, the new companion sports channel to TSN, will be launched on Aug. 29 with live coverage of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Click. The future has arrived space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 – Page S6
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-- The surge of popularity in the Internet is perhaps the biggest media story of the Beijing Olympics.Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, describes the volume of the network's online traffic as ''unbelievable.''  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC loses on opening, wins on events space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 – Page S6
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-- Despite the hype leading up to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the CBC's audience for its Friday night telecast dropped significantly from Athens in 2004.The taped prime-time show, which included some event coverage, was watched by 1.056 million viewers, down 31 per cent from the 1.539 million who tuned in for the Athens opening ceremony.  FULL STORY arrow
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NBC winning viewers with delayed coverage space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, August 11, 2008 – Page S7
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-- After two days of Beijing Olympics television coverage, we'll call it a draw between the CBC and NBC.The CBC took the lead by airing the big events in real time.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC averts disaster during opening ceremony space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Page S5
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-- The CBC narrowly escaped a technical calamity during its telecast of the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony on Friday.Just as the network switched from its preview show to the live telecast of the ceremony, the audio portion of the transmission disappeared.  FULL STORY arrow
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A guide for watching the 2008 Summer Games
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, August 8, 2008 – Page S3
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-- After a 12-year run, with stops in Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens and Turin, the CBC has reached the end of the road.The Beijing Olympics will be the network's last until at least 2014, but it isn't leaving quietly. The plan is to wrap it up with a flourish.  FULL STORY arrow
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TSN getting set to launch companion channel space
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Thursday, August 7, 2008 – Page S2
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-- In an ambitious move that will have an impact on sports television in several ways, TSN is planning to launch a companion channel called TSN2.The new service, which will start in the fall, will provide content that will include major-league programming such as NHL and NBA telecasts on a cycle of 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 – Page S6
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-- The English Premier League will start its season in two weeks, smack-dab in the middle of the Olympics.Beijing, of course, will present tough television challenges to the EPL. But, in 50,000 Canadian households, English soccer is likely to take precedence over the spectacle of the Games.  FULL STORY arrow
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CBC expects Beijing audiences to surpass Athens space
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Saturday, August 2, 2008 – Page S2
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-- The CBC's Olympic sales have not reached the top of the podium yet, but they are contending for a medal.The network has sold 80 per cent of its advertising time and expects to see that percentage increase to 90 by the time the Games start next week.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, August 1, 2008 – Page S2
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-- One week after Mike Milbury signed on with Hockey Night in Canada, former NHL coach Marc Crawford was announced yesterday as a game analyst for the show.The two acquisitions will improve the commentary on Hockey Night, but they also raise questions about additional on-air plans, particularly the roles of Bob Cole, Greg Millen and Mark Lee.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008 – Page S3
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-- Coverage of the Beijing Olympics on NBC and the CBC will be a massive undertaking on multiple media platforms.But for many viewers, the only outlet that will count is the main network, which is free and over the air.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 – Page S5
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-- The timing of the Toronto Raptors' play-by-play job opening could not have been better for Matt Devlin.A year ago, his contract announcing Charlotte Bobcats games for television was not renewed. Devlin said it was a cost-cutting move by the club. He was replaced by the radio play-by-play announcer, and the radio job went to a younger broadcaster, who worked for less.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Monday, July 28, 2008 – Page S10
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-- CBC Sports play-by-play announcer Bruce Rainnie missed yesterday's final of the Rogers Cup after he was taken to hospital suffering severe stomach pain.Rainnie was preparing for the Rafael Nadal-Nicolas Kiefer match at his Toronto hotel room when the attack occurred.  FULL STORY arrow
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Burwash too technical on tennis broadcasts space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, July 26, 2008 – Page S5
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-- The smart, interesting tennis analysis of John and Patrick McEnroe, Mary Carillo and others at Grand Slam events are tough acts to follow for commentators covering lesser tournaments.That's why the work of Peter Burwash at the Rogers Cup men's tournament deserves context.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, July 25, 2008 – Page S5
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-- Olympic broadcasters are meeting in Beijing this week to discuss difficulties with media access and disruptions caused by bureaucratic snafus. Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, says inconsistencies and sudden changes in the rules are playing havoc with the crews.  FULL STORY arrow
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 – Page S5
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-- Signing analyst Mike Milbury to a multiyear contract rates as Hockey Night in Canada's most important acquisition in years.The deal - two years plus an option - was announced yesterday after Milbury failed to reach a contract extension with TSN.  FULL STORY arrow
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More Canadians watching Euro Cup - when the feed's working, at least space
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Saturday, June 28, 2008 – Page S2
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-- The attention given to Euro 2008 by the North American networks should have inspired a good amount of appreciation from the game's devotees, because the telecasts have been of a high quality and they've been accessible.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Friday, June 27, 2008 – Page S3
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-- The CBC's bid to launch an all-sports television channel is under attack from media companies that assert the licence application is misleading and contradicts the guidelines established by the federal regulator.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, June 26, 2008 – Page S1
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-- ''This is not like the Swiss,'' TSN's Vic Rauter said after several power failures interrupted the telecast of the Germany-Turkey Euro 2008 semi-final from Basel, Switzerland, yesterday.  FULL STORY arrow
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By WILLIAM HOUSTON
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 – Page S2
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-- The CFL season will start tomorrow with a doubleheader, followed by a game on Friday night and another in prime time on Saturday.TSN will televise them all.In fact, the sports channel will air every regular and postseason game, including the Grey Cup, for the next five years.  FULL STORY arrow
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