Trevor Piling added to 'Hockey Night' lineup
Executive producer replaces Sherali NajakTORONTO -- Veteran sports producer Trevor Pilling is the new executive producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s "Hockey Night in Canada" (HNIC), the country's longest-running TV series.
Pilling most recently executive produced the public broadcaster's coverage of FIFA's World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
He replaces Sherali Najak, who becomes senior producer of HNIC, in charge of the live sporting production's mobile broadcast truck.
The CBC first aired HNIC in 1952, a tradition that continues with back-to-back National Hockey League games Saturday nights.
The HNIC's first-period intermission segment "Coach's Corner," featuring former Boston Bruin's coach-turned-hockey pundit Don Cherry, is the highest-rated seven minutes on Canadian TV each week.
The CBC's current TV deal with the NHL runs through the 2013–2014 season, and Pilling will be charged with updating the HNIC format to ensure the lucrative franchise remains with the public broadcaster and doesn't land with a competitor.
The new season of HNIC kicks off October 7.