From: “Matthew B___
To: “Joel Johannesen”
Subject: Caps penalize ‘classless’
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 07:11:29 -0400
Okay, this is a hockey story but I’ve been up all night with the flu and it’s the first thing that cheered me up…
So much for the theory that “at least they do hockey good”. Too funny!
P.S.- I haven’t been to Mexico.
As regular readers know, I check the latest viewer stats all the time and post Canada’s top-20 or 30 TV shows to help prove, among other things, what an utterly useless and unwatched waste of taxpayer cash the state-owned, state-run media, the CBC, is.
Virtually the only CBC show that ever makes it into the top-20 or even 30 is their NHL hockey coverage. But apparently they can’t even do that right.
Caps penalize ‘classless’ CBC
Ban HNIC from dressing room before games after keys to victory aired
By ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA
PITTSBURGH—George McPhee has given the boot to Hockey Night In Canada.
The Capitals GM said the CBC crew is no longer welcome in his team’s locker room before games after the network aired footage of the coaching staff’s six keys to victory for Game 3 Wednesday against the Penguins.
Caps brass was almost as steamed at CBC as it was with what it felt was one-sided officiating in the 3-2 OT loss.
While none of the six keys written on a dressing room board detailed in-depth strategy, the Caps were furious that CBC broke what they believe was an implied trust.
“They, of all people, should know better,” McPhee said. “They shouldn’t have done it. They’ve been talked to.”
Making matters worse, in the Caps’ opinion, was that CBC froze the shot and had analysts Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey break down the keys point by point.
Coach Bruce Boudreau chimed in, calling the CBC act “classless” and “unprofessional” and expressed surprise the network would air the footage.
“They overstepped their bounds,” Caps spokesman Nate Ewell said. “They basically game-planned for the Penguins. It was ridiculous.”
HNIC’s executive producer, Sherali Najak, acknowledged the footage should never have aired, but added there was no “malicious intent” by the broadcaster.
The board appeared behind Caps star Alex Ovechkin in footage shot by a CBC cameraman. U.S. network Versus had access to the feed and also aired it.
“I can understand (the Caps) being upset about it. We don’t own the room,” Najak said. “We shouldn’t have put it on air. It was a mistake and we’ll move on.” …
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Here are the latest BBM stats available showing Canadian TV viewership, with CBC and its hockey at number 14. And they’re only at number 14. The private citizen-owned and run businesses all somehow managed to present shows that Canadians wanted. I think this was the week the CBC “Newsworld” presented All Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” again.
(Sorry the chart isn’t in my usual nice format. I’m about as overworked and underpaid as Liberal MP’s servants. In fact worse even.)
April 20 – 26, 2009—all viewers aged 2+
1 AMERICAN IDOL 8 – CTV Tuesday
2 AMAZING RACE 14 CTV Sunday
3 CRIMINAL MINDS CTV Wednesday
4 GREY’S ANATOMY CTV Thursday
5 AMERICAN IDOL 8 AR CTV Wednesday
6 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES CTV Sunday
7 SURVIVOR:TOCANTINS Global Thursday
8 C.S.I. CTV Thursday
9 FRINGE CTV Tuesday
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN CTV Monday
11 BONES Global Monday
12 THE MENTALIST CTV Sunday
13 FLASHPOINT CTV Friday
14 NHL PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 CBC MTWT
15 CTV EVENING NEWS CTV MTWTF
16 SOUTHLAND CTV Thursday
17 DANCING/STARS 8 PERF ‘A’ Monday
18 C.S.I. NEW YORK CTV Wednesday
19 LAW AND ORDER:SVU CTV Tuesday
20 NCIS Global Tuesday
21 GHOST WHISPERER CTV Friday
22 24 Global Monday
23 CTV EVENING NEWS WKD CTV Sat, Sun
24 BONES Global Wednesday
25 FAMILY GUY Global Sunday
26 CTV NATIONAL NEWS CTV 7-days/week
27 BIG BANG THEORY CTV Monday
28 THE MENTALIST CTV Monday
29 DANCING/STARS 8 RESU ‘A’ Tuesday
30 CORNER GAS CTV Monday
Data from BBM. Copyright © 2009 BBM Nielsen