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On Saturday, Ron MacLean returns to a job he held for 28 years — host of Hockey Night in Canada. The past two NHL seasons, however, were spent in the wilderness; for Hockey Night in Canada, ratings-wise, and –quite literally — for MacLean. We all know what happened. Rogers acquired all national NHL rights for a dozen years

It’s official. after a full week of speculation, Ron MacLean will be back next fall as host of Hockey Night in Canada. Joining him as host, according to the Monday release from Rogers Media, is David Amber, a HNiC rinkside reporter the past five years who also spent eight years covering sports Stateside for ESPN. Gone “to explore new

The Toronto Star has jumped out front on a story many of us have been keeping an eye on for weeks–George Stroumboulopoulos’ future with Hockey Night in Canada. A few weeks ago when I spoke with Sportsnet president Scott Moore at the Rogers upfront, he seemed to duck around the Strombo question. HNiC’s ratings were

Took a little back and forth, and credit the CP editors for their patience, but I was able to break this news about Don Cherry off Monday’s Rogers Media upfront in Toronto: he’ll be back next season, at least, on Hockey Night in Canada. Cherry, 82, who signed a two-year contract when Rogers made their

Seven hundred and forty-three thousand estimated, overnight viewers across Canada watched Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada tilt between The Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues. That might be the lowest HNiC 7 p.m. start number ever, or at least since digital tallying. In our weekly radio chat, AM900CHML’s Scott Thompson started things off by

There was plenty of room for the 1600 ad reps, TV beat writers and network officials attending Tuesday night’s 2014 Rogers Media upfront inside the cavernous Rogers Centre. The upfront just happened to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Centre, originally named SkyDome when it opened in 1989. The Toronto sports shrine was a fitting

Newstalk 1010’s Mike Bullard Sometimes in this TV beat racket it’s best just to lob a few hand grenades and step back and watch stuff happen. Such was the plan last week when I wrote a column for The Canadian Press calling for CBC to get back into the late night television talk show game.