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Stompin' Tom rips into CBC over unaired special

Stompin' Tom Connors is stompin' mad. The legendary country singer says CBC-TV is refusing to air a television concert special he taped last fall.

Connors says he recorded the show at the behest of repeated pleas from the national broadcaster. But when it was sent to the CBC, Connors says he was told the network was moving away from music and variety shows and that it was not interested in airing the performance.

In an open letter dated Tuesday, Connors says the network added insult to injury by suggesting he perform a song on the CBC series Hockeyville or be interviewed for a segment of the biography series Life and Times.

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This offer was flatly rejected, he says.

"As far as I'm concerned, if the CBC, our own public network, will not reconsider their refusal to air a Stompin' Tom special, they can take their wonderful offer of letting me sing a song as a guest on some other program and shove it," Connors writes. CP

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