Do the broadcaster shuffle
I’ve been meaning to talk about the revolving doors of the hockey broadcasting world for a while now, and yesterday’s announcement from the CBC that Scott Morrison and Drew Remenda were joining their crew offers a good starting point.
Sure, it’s been a busy summer in terms of player movement, but the shakeup in the TV media has been almost as extensive.
It all really kicked off last year, when TSN signed longtime CBC play-by-play man Chris Cuthbert in April of 2005, a few months after the public broadcaster had unceremoniously dumped the popular announcer.
Then, in early June of this year, veteran sports anchor Brian Williams also jumped to CTV/TSN from the CBC. While Williams is primarily responsible for football/Olympics coverage, his high-profile jump set the scene for a whole lot more shuffling.
Hockey reporter James Cybulski went from The Score to TSN on July 1.
Morrison, who had been the managing editor of hockey at Sportsnet, was axed in mid-July despite the fact he is this year’s recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. A regular on Hockey Night in Canada’s panel show, Satellite Hotstove, Morrison will reprise that role on a full-time basis this season.
The biggest hockey-related jump of the summer, however, came on July 31, when Sportsnet’s hockey ace Darren Dreger left for TSN. The Saskatchewan native becomes another of the network’s ‘Hockey Insiders’ along with former The Hockey News editor-in-chief Bob McKenzie.
Dreger constitutes a huge loss for the network, as he’s generally regarded as having some of the best sources in the business and offered TSN and McKenzie the most consistent competition.
What does all this mean for viewers?
Probably not a heckuva lot, other than the fact you’ll be seeing a lot of the same faces — just in different places — this time around. It’s not hard to see TSN is really loading up here, nabbing some of the best broadcasting talent, and you have to wonder how Sportsnet will keep up in the ‘scoop’ business without two of their leading hockey minds.
Just something to keep an eye on.