Apparently the media firestorm that pounds at our beloved Canadiens day after day has brought out the veterans (Yvan Cournoyer, Henri Richard) who say they need to calm down.
But really, are there that many media outlets covering the Canadiens’ every move? Let’s see:
- The Gazette
- La Presse
- Journal de Montréal
- Le Devoir
- The Globe and Mail
- CBC/NewsWorld/CBC Radio
- Canadian Press
- CTV Montreal/CTV NewsNet
- Rogers SportsNet
- The Team 990
- CJAD Radio
- 940 News
Some of the above don’t cover every game, and others probably rely on wire services a lot, but it’s still a lot of coverage. The Gazette, for example, will have the following on a Habs home game:
- Red Fisher doing a game story
- Pat Hickey doing an analysis
- Jack Todd doing commentary
- Dave Stubbs blogging or writing features
- Mike Boone live-blogging
- Kevin Mio writing about coverage of the game
- A photographer shooting photos
That’s a lot of people doing a lot of work just for one news outlet, and this crew is small compared to the number of people required for adequate television coverage.
So maybe they’re on to something. The question is: what do we do about it?