The Elbow staff
TORONTO, ON – The CBC and Rogers announced on Wednesday that they will give viewers an option to mute Glenn Healy during weekly broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada in the new year.
The announcement comes as a result of overall poor viewership across the country since the start of the 2014-15 season, when Rogers took control of producing HNIC.
"Think of it as an early Christmas presents for our viewers," a Rogers spokesman said today.
"We've listened to what they want, and want to keep them happy watching our product."
Rogers will make available to their customers remote controls with a regular mute button as well as the Healy Mute button, which will silence his microphone while allowing them to listen to the rest of the audio from the broadcast.
Viewers who don't simply want to mute him will also have the option of replacing his voice with the sounds of their favourite wild animals.
It is believed that NBC executives are also considering a similar option for Pierre McGuire during their national broadcasts in the United States.