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Nov 29, 2013 — Hamilton Spectator: Cherry’s best-before date likely approaching by Paola Loriggio
Columnist says Don Cherry's status as an icon of Canadian TV hockey may prove to be his downfall as the groundbreaking deal between Rogers Communications and CBC ushers in a new era of Hockey Night in Canada.
Nov 29, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press: CBC, TSN iced in Rogers' $5.2-billion broadcast-rights deal with NHL by Brad Oswald
The broadcast and multimedia rights agreement, announced in Toronto by Rogers executives and top NHL brass, gives Rogers Communications the Canadian rights to all NHL games across all platforms in all languages.
Nov 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail: Rogers plays defence with its new investment in hockey by Barrie McKenna
Columnist says Rogers’ willingness to pay a record price for NHL rights comes down to protecting its core business – its 2.2 million cable subscribers, nearly 10 million wireless subscribers, its TV shows it produces and the lucrative revenue stream this represents.
Nov 29, 2013 — National Post: Without hockey, the CBC model is now fundamentally broken by Scott Stinson
Columnist says because CBC has a government-mandated hybrid setup that forces it to compete in the commercial space while also fulfilling a public-service mandate, it has always tried to find the balance between the two.
Nov 29, 2013 — Globe & Mail: EDITORIAL: The CBC: What’s it good for, without hockey?
Editorial says the news that Rogers Communications will pay $5.2-billion for the main NHL programming rights for the next 12 years, displacing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, marks the loss of the CBC’s most popular program.
Nov 29, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada: 'CanCon' In The Netflix Age: Just Don't Mention It's Canadian by Sunny Freeman
Columnist says Canadian content rules have been in place for TV broadcasters since the 1960s, born out of the belief that Canadians needed to see their culture reflected back to them when they turned on their TV.
Nov 29, 2013 — Rabble.ca: The CBC's reliance on Don Cherry's NHL cost them dearly by Michael Stewart
Columnist says the CBC has always employed the strategy of protecting what they have instead of making a case for why a national broadcaster is a public benefit.
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Nov 28, 2013 — Huffington Post Canada: Media Bites: In Losing Hockey Night in Canada, CBC Might Have Scored by J.J. McCullough
CBC President Hubert Lacroix says The CBC is "not in a position to spend taxpayers money on this game of high stakes."
According to a 2012 Friends of Canadian Broadcasting analysis, losing hockey will cost the CBC around $200 million a year.
Nov 28, 2013 — Winnipeg Free Press: EDITORIAL: CBC must rethink its value
Editorial says the NHL-Rogers deal is a major blow to the prestige of the CBC, but that the corporation's relevance to Canadians has been declining for decades.
Nov 28, 2013 — Playback: Bell Media sells four TV properties to DHX Media for $170M by Etan Vlessing
DHX Media has acquired Family Channel and three other properties from Bell Media after they went on the auction block earlier this year following BCE’s $3.38 billion purchase of Astral Media.
Nov 27, 2013 — Toronto Star: DHX Media to acquire Family Channel for $170M
The Halifax-based company is noted for the creation, production and licensing of popular children's shows, such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies and Inspector Gadget, but has never before owned a TV channel.
Nov 27, 2013 — Vancouver Sun: CBC sent to penalty box over NHL revenues
Columnist says The National Hockey League and Rogers dealt a severe blow to the CBC, announcing a 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement that grants NHL broadcasting rights to Rogers.
Columnist says one can sympathise with the BBC struggling against its metropolitan biases but it can do no other than have them.
Nov 26, 2013 — Toronto Star: NHL signs 12-year TV, Internet deal with Rogers; CBC keeps ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ by Curtis Rush
The deal gives Rogers national rights to all NHL games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms in all languages.
Nov 26, 2013 — Rogers Communications Inc.: Rogers Communications and NHL Announce 12-Year National Broadcast and Multimedia Agreement
Rogers Communications and the National Hockey League announce a landmark 12-year broadcast and multimedia agreement that includes all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.
Nov 26, 2013 — Playback: Rogers pays $5.2 billion for Canadian NHL rights over 12 years by Etan Vlessing
Rogers Communications is to pay the National Hockey League $5.2 billion over 12 years to secure all national rights to NHL games on all platforms in all languages.
Nov 26, 2013 — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression: PRESS RELEASE: Bill C-461: A Threat to Canada's Public Broadcaster
The Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says Canadians are not aware of how Bill C-461 will change the Access to Information and the Privacy Acts in ways that could undermine the journalistic and programming integrity of Canada's public broadcaster.
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