Wow. Just, wow.

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
CBC Sports

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

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.

Wow, indeed!

Has the CBC completely lost it?

First, they almost didn’t renew Ron MacLean’s contract.

Then, they let go of one of their most talented announcers (Chris Cuthbert).

Now, the CBC has let go of the famous Hockey Night in Canada theme music. What the crap? Why would Canada’s public broadcaster even entertain the idea of removing what many consider to be Canada’s second national anthem?

End of an era? Wings victory last outing for Hockey Night theme
Company says CBC isn’t renewing licence

Last Updated: Thursday, June 5, 2008 | 12:34 PM ET
CBC News

One of this country’s most familiar tunes may have been heard on CBC-TV for the last time Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins and won the 2008 Stanley Cup.

The Toronto agency representing the composer of the theme tune for Hockey Night in Canada says the CBC has declined to enter into a new licensing agreement for the song for next NHL season.

A news release posted on the website of Copyright Music & Visuals quotes company president John Ciccone as saying the CBC’s licence agreement for the hockey theme song ended with the Stanley Cup final.

The CBC “has advised the composer, owner and administrator of the musical composition that it is not prepared to enter into a new licence agreement with respect to the use of the theme,” the release says.

The CBC had no immediate comment Thursday morning.

The familiar theme music for Hockey Night in Canada was written in 1968 by Dolores Claman, who was raised in Vancouver.

In the news release, Claman expresses her disappointment that her song will no longer be heard in homes across Canada during hockey season.

“I am saddened by the decision of the CBC to drop the Hockey Night in Canada theme after our lengthy history together. I nevertheless respect its right to move in a new direction,” she says.

Copyright Music & Visuals says it had offered the CBC a chance to renew its licence to use her song on terms that were “virtually identical to those that have existed for the past decade.” Each use of the song in the past has cost the broadcaster about $500, the company says.

A lawsuit filed against the CBC in late 2004 by Claman alleging that the broadcaster was overusing the Hockey Night in Canada theme has not been settled.

Copyright Music & Visuals says the litigation hasn’t interfered with the CBC’s use of music, nor was settlement of the suit a condition for the proposed new licensing agreement.