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