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HNIC Update: The song deal's dead

Looks like negotiations to keep the famous Hockey Night in Canada theme song on CBC have fallen through. This has become front-page news across Canada, as Saturday's story in the Toronto Star shows.

The following statement appears at the song's official site, (John Cicccone is president of Copyright Music & Visuals, which owns the song. Dolores Claman is the composer):

This afternoon [Friday] John Ciccone communicated with Scott Moore of CBC and requested a meeting on Monday to further discuss the issues surrounding the Hockey Theme.

At 4:59 PM (one minute before CBC's deadline) Mr. Moore advised that CBC intended to proceed with an announcement of a National contest unless he had the basis for an agreement.

Ms. Claman is saddened and disappointed that CBC is not prepared to negotiate further. A further statement will be made on Monday, June 9th at 5:00 PM

---Mike Harrington


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