BANFF, Alberta — Canadian broadcaster CTV has swooped in to snag the rights to rival CBC’s iconic theme song for “Hockey Night in Canada.”
CTV will use the hockey anthem for its own National Hockey League telecasts on cable channel the Sports Network and its French-language counterpart RDS.
CTV also will use the theme song for its Vancouver 2010 Olympic hockey coverage.
The acquisition follows the collapse of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s licensing negotiations to keep the anthem to “Hockey Night,” a 40-year-old TV sports institution here.
Canada’s public broadcaster will now seek a replacement theme song in partnership with the Nettwerk Music Group.
The opening theme song has been heard by Canadians on CBC “Hockey Night in Canada” on Saturday nights from 1968.
As part of its deal with Copyright Music & Visuals, which represented the song’s composer Dolores Claman, CTV gained the rights to “The Hockey Theme” in perpetuity.
CTV last week reupped its broadcast deal with the National Hockey League for an additional six years.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
TORONTO — The recent writers strike has taken a bite out of the latest earnings statement from Canadian ratings leader CTV.
To ease the impact of the WGA strike, CTV replenished its primetime schedule with new acquisitions and aired popular reality shows like Fox’s “American Idol.” But it wasn’t enough.
Canadian newspaper publisher Torstar lost CAN$500,000 ($495,000) on its 20% stake in CTV parent CTVglobemedia, compared with earnings of CAN$600,000 in 2007, mainly because of the negative impact the recent Hollywood shutdown had on CTV’s TV ad revenue.
CTVglobemedia, a private company, does not make its financial results public, so Torstar’s results offers a rare window into the media group’s fortunes.
CTV holds eight of the top 10 shows on Canadian TV with such hits as CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
Torstar also said Wednesday that a deal unveiled in January to sell its U.S.-based Transit TV business to Chicago-based IdeaCast had collapsed.
Transit TV delivers TV programming to passengers on buses and trains.
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TORONTO — Canadian broadcaster CTVGlobemedia said Friday that CFO Robin Fillingham will retire in April after 37 years with the company.
Fillingham is being replaced as CFO by John Gossling, a former KPMG partner who most recently served as senior vp and CFO at Rogers Wireless Communications, the mobile phone arm at cable giant Rogers Communications.
In 1971, Fillingham joined Baton Broadcasting, one of seven affiliates of CTV that then Baton CEO Ivan Fecan used as a platform during the late 1990s to take control of the national TV network. His executive stints at CTV included secretary, senior vp administration and CFO.
Fillingham’s retirement follows regulatory approval received last June for CTV parent CTVGlobemedia to acquire rival broadcaster Chum Ltd. for $1.4 billion.
CTVGlobemedia said Fillingham will remain as a consultant through Gossling’s transition.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Ontarians chose CTV as their broadcaster of choice for Wednesday’s historic provincial election. BBM Nielsen Media Research confirms that CTV drew more viewers than any other network for its Election 2007 coverage with 361,000 viewers in Ontario, 59 per cent more than the CBC (No. 2 with 227,000 viewers) and more than double the election coverage on Global (136,000). In total, more than two million viewers watched all or some part of CTV’s Election 2007 coverage.
"When news matters the most, viewers turn to the network they trust, and rely on for accurate and meaningful coverage," said Robert Hurst, President, CTV News and Current Affairs. "These strong ratings are a reflection of how committed CTV is to delivering the most complete and accurate election coverage."
CTV’s 2.5 hours of election coverage was also No. 1 in the key 18-49 and 25-54 demographics and was far and away the leader in the highly competitive GTA market. The province-wide, live broadcast aired on CTV Toronto, CTV Ottawa, CTV Southwestern Ontario and CTV Northern Ontario. An additional 106,000 viewers tuned into to CTV’s coverage on CTV Newsnet between 9 and 11 p.m.
Armed with resources across the province and an all-star panel of political experts including Ernie Eves, Gerard Kennedy and Olivia Chow, CTV anchors Ken Shaw and Christine Bentley delivered the top-rated Election coverage.
Below is a complete breakdown of audience numbers.
<font size=1>Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research, CTV press release</font>
With the new fall season in full swing, CTV has launched an extensive new image campaign. Beginning today, the “My Toronto Isâ€¦” campaign celebrates the unique places, people and experiences that exist in the Greater Toronto Area.
“My Toronto isâ€¦” features CTV News anchors and reporters joining everyday Torontonians in declaring their favorite thing about Toronto. In a series of original on-air promos, several different aspects of the city are profiled with various individuals declaring “My Toronto isâ€¦”. Some of the unique facets of Toronto profiled in the campaign include the Famous People Players theatre troupe, authentic Jamaican food on St. Clair Ave., dog walking in a local park, window shopping on Bloor Street, a fish monger in Kensington Market, etc. Different version of the promos will air throughout the 2007-2008 season. The spots vary in length including a 30 and 15 second version as well as custom station IDs.
“We wanted to create a definitive brand position for CTV News that builds on the strength of our news coverage and our role in the local community,” said Sandy Fraser, Promotions Manager, CTV Toronto. “The ‘My Toronto isâ€¦ CTV News’ campaign is designed to not only engage our viewers, but reconfirm that CTV is the only news source that touches all aspects of life in the city.”
As part of the campaign, viewers are invited to create their own “My Toronto isâ€¦” news story and post it on <a href="http://www.toronto.ctv.ca">www.toronto.ctv.ca</a>. Monthly prizes will be awarded for the best submissions and selected entries will air on CTV News at Six. Viewers can find more details on submitting their “My Toronto isâ€¦” at the site listed above.
CTV Toronto’s promotions were recently recognized at the Promax Awards in New York City with an astounding 24 awards, including more World Gold Awards then any other local television station in the world.
<font size=1>Source: CTV Media Site</font>