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Strombo not the solution

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George Stroumboulopoulos (centre) poses for pictures with Hockey Night in Canada's  Ron MacLean (left) and Don Cherry.

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George Stroumboulopoulos (centre) poses for pictures with Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean (left) and Don Cherry.

Re: Strombo could give HNIC some edge, March 11

As a former CBC employee, I'm somewhat appalled (yet not too surprised) Rogers Communications' recently announced changes to the Hockey Night in Canada televised format hasn't met with more resistance -- particularly from cast members Ron MacLean and Don Cherry.

The Stroumboulopoulos choice will not give the "edge" executives are searching for. Rather, it will split the viewer demographic, inflicting more grim misfortune to the CBC's mortal wounding of a thousand cuts (or tweaks).

When the rousing Coach's Corner trumpets its way into my Saturday-night living room, the visuals and music drive my little pooch crazy with excitement. It's a scene far more entertaining to watch than most of Strombo's daily talk-show fare -- Gemini awards or not.

DON WARKENTIN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 15, 2014 A16

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