Paging Stompin' Tom: The CBC Considering Concert Series For "HNIC" 60th Anniversary
The CBC is "considering a series of concerts" across Canada during the '12-13 NHL regular season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of "HNIC," according the CP. The concerts would be held on Saturdays "to co-ordinate with its hockey broadcast schedule" and see shows in seven Canadian NHL markets, as well as an unspecified "Eastern location." The shows would run from November-April. A CBC spokesperson said that should the plan go through, it "won't cost the broadcaster anything because the shows would be sponsored." The anniversary comes as "punishing budget cuts have some wondering whether the CBC can afford to hold onto its lucrative hockey franchise." The net's rights expire after the '13-14 season, and Rogers Media has indicated that it "would consider chasing the rights" (CP, 6/12).