June 09 2008 02:10PM
**UPDATE: The plug hasn't been pulled on the theme yet.
Found this over at Hockey's Future:
Contrary to published reports, CBC Sports hasn't yet pulled the plug on the Hockey Night in Canada theme song. Scott Moore, the executive director of CBC Sports, told Newsworld on Thursday that negotiations for a new licence fee are ongoing with the representatives of composer Dolores Claman.
(via slats432 @ HF Boards)
The Globe and Mail is reporting today that the CBC has rejected a new copyright agreement to continue to use the Hockey Night in Canada theme we all know and love. It's not clear if the decision is final, but sweet love, lambs! Can you image tuning in to your regular CBC broadcast without that tune? The notion is heresy!
Here are some more details from the article:
John Ciccone, president of Copyright Music & Visual, said in a press release posted on its website that CBC's licence agreement ended with the conclusion of Wednesday's NHL playoffs and that the public broadcaster has taken a pass on a new agreement in order to "move in a new direction." The CBC "has advised the composer, owner and administrator of the musical composition that it is not prepared to enter into a new license agreement with respect to the use of the theme," the press release states.
I really think it would be a mistake for the CBC to ditch the theme, even if it does costs them $500/broadcast. What do you think, lambs?