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SBD/April 11, 2014/Media
The CBC Will No Longer Bid On Pro Sports TV Rights Amid Massive Budget Cuts
Published April 11, 2014
LOSS OF "HNIC" PARTIALLY TO BLAME? In Toronto, Joel Eastwood reports Lacroix blamed part of the CBC's "fiscal shortfall on the loss" of "HNIC," which will move to Rogers Sportsnet after the '13-14 NHL season. The net at the same time is "absorbing the full brunt" of a C$115M funding cut that was part of the '12 federal budget. The layoffs will "begin this summer" (TORONTO STAR, 4/11). The FINANCIAL POST's Christine Dobby notes the CBC sent "far fewer staff to Russia" for the Sochi Games than for previous Olympics. It did "much of its editing work from its studios in Toronto" (FINANCIAL POST, 4/11).
SHAKING LIKE A LEAF ON A TREE: In Toronto, Rob Longley reports Thursday night's Maple Leafs-Panthers game was the final broadcast for Leafs TV this season, and with the "changing landscape of NHL broadcasting in Canada ... the future of the network is very much in doubt." Both on- and off-air staff "have not been advised whether the network will exist next season -- or if it does, in what form" (TORONTO SUN, 4/11).