Canada’s other national anthem sold to the highest bidder
After a 40-year run on CBC, Hockey Night in Canada has lost its theme song to CTV. Composer Dolores Claman—who had held out for a better licensing deal from CBC and then turned around and sold the rights in perpetuity to its competitor—said, “I am very moved by how so many Canadians have taken the hockey theme to heart. We are so pleased the song has found a new home.” What sentimentality. She made a smart financial decision. At any rate, the fool in all this is the CBC’s bumbler-in-chief, Richard Stursberg. He’s in charge of the national broadcaster and allowed its arguably most recognizable icon to slip through his fingers. Nice work. At least he’s still got George Stroumboulopoulos.
• CTV saves ‘The Hockey Theme’ song [TSN]• CTV purchases The Hockey Theme [CBC] • Canadian anthem of spurned spouses switches networks [Toronto Life]