SBD/Issue 198/Sports Media

Media Notes

In Toronto, Ken Campbell reports Rogers Sportsnet fired News & Hockey Dir Scott Morrison over “a difference in philosophy between Morrison’s journalistic approach of telling stories and breaking news and the network’s desire to appeal to young men.” Supervising Producer Jeff McDonald was also dismissed, while VP/Production Rick Briggs-Jude “was moved to event production and is being replaced” by new VP/Content David Akande (TORONTO STAR, 7/12). Also in Toronto, Grant Robertson reports Rogers Sportsnet “is the latest cable sports channel to apply to the federal broadcast regulator for permission to show movies and one-hour dramas” (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 7/12).

CALL DROPPED: In Manchester, Richard Wray reports BSkyB has secured the mobile highlights package for the English Premier League. TWI and mobile phone companies 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone were working on a joint bid “that would have seen each operator given equal access to games.” The mobile rights “are understood to have been sold for under [US$18.4M], leaving the Premier League short compared with” the previous deal (GUARDIAN, 7/12).

PREDATORS: The Predators will produce separate TV and radio broadcasts next season, ending the simulcast that had been used since the team’s inaugural season in ’98-99. Play-by-play announcer Pete Weber and analyst Terry Crisp will call games on FSN South and move to radio for games that are not televised (Predators).

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