By Greg Douglas, Special to the Vancouver Sun August 8, 2014
Vancouver sports broadcaster Don Taylor.
Photograph by: Vancouver Sun
SCENE & HEARD: It turns out that both Don Taylor and Craig MacEwen were given their termination notices by the Rogers Sportsnet Toronto brass on the same day: Thursday, July 31. They were summoned to the network’s Vancouver office for meetings 30 minutes apart with Sportsnet president Scott Moore and Rob Corte, vice president, Live Events and News Production.
Word on MacEwen, Sportnet’s Pacific Bureau Chief, initially leaked out in this space on Aug. 2. Taylor needed time to negotiate an extension of his radio contract with Team 1040 and once that was done, he announced himself on Twitter this past Wednesday that his 13-year run with Sportsnet was over.
“I’m not giving anybody lip service or dodging any issues when I say this will be the first time in 30 years that I won’t be working a night shift and I’m looking forward to it,” Taylor reiterated Friday. “I’ve got a wife (Lisa) and three young kids. I can honestly say this is a good thing. I’m not mad at anybody.”
Taylor, 54, spent 16 years on the air with locally-produced Sports Page prior to joining Sportsnet. Now, after an extended summer holiday with his family in Osoyoos, he will return to Team 1040 with afternoon co-host Barry Macdonald on Sept. 8. The fact Sportsnet rival TSN has a partnership position with Bell Media, owners of Team Radio, leads to obvious speculation that Taylor will eventually return to the television airwaves with TSN on CTV locally. Referring to it as a “possibility”, Taylor makes it clear that being tied down to late night sportscasts would not be part of the package.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: The winding down of Rogers Sportsnet in Vancouver might not be over. James Cybulski and Caroline Cameron, co-hosts of the daily morning edition of Sportsnet Connected that is produced here, could be moving to Toronto in time for the new fall network scheduling.
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