The last couple of days I had been joking that we might end up hearing the old HNIC theme on TSN. That just may end up happening…
CTV purchases The Hockey Theme
Last Updated: Monday, June 9, 2008 | 3:52 PM ET
Dolores Claman’s song had been used on Hockey Night in Canada since 1968.
CTV Inc. has acquired the rights to The Hockey Theme in perpetuity, the network announced Monday.
The agreement was reached with Copyright Music & Visuals, which was unable to renew a deal with CBC Sports.
The song had been used on Hockey Night in Canada since 1968.
According to a release, CTV said it agreed to a deal with Copyright Music & Visuals after Friday’s deadline with CBC passed. The agency represents the song’s composer, Dolores Claman of Vancouver.
“The song has a long and storied history in Canadian sports, and has become ingrained in the hearts and minds of hockey fans across the country. It is an iconic tune, embraced by Canadians everywhere, and we felt it was imperative to save it,” said Rick Brace of CTV Inc.
Earlier in the day, CBC Sports said it planned to bring in noted sports and entertainment lawyer Gord Kirke as a last-ditch effort to bring about a mediated resolution.
Complicating a bid for a settlement was an outstanding lawsuit filed against the CBC in late 2004 surrounding its use for ringtones and downloads.
Claman, 80, has written about 2,000 jingles over her career, including the Ontario theme A Place to Stand, which she co-wrote with her husband, Richard Morris.
“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,” said Claman.
Before Kirke’s involvement was announced, CBC Sports announced plans to launch a new national contest in conjunction with Nettwerk Music Group to find a new theme song.
Canadians will be invited to write and record an original song for Hockey Night in Canada, with fans and a jury of experts to choose the best new composition.
And, on CTV.ca:
Beginning this fall, the song will now be heard in NHL broadcasts on TSN and RDS. CTV will also air the song as part of its hockey coverage during the 2010 Olympic winter games.