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TSN is expected to announce today that Chris Cuthbert, the CBC's star sports announcer who was suddenly terminated in February, has signed a multiyear contract with the network.

Sources said last night that Cuthbert will work for CTV's main network as well as TSN, both of which are owned by Bell Globemedia. The Globe and Mail is part of Bell Globemedia.

Cuthbert, 47, is likely to call football and hockey for TSN and also work on CTV's figure skating telecasts.

"With Rod Black busier this year with Toronto Blue Jays games on TSN and also doing basketball in the winter, Chris would replace Rod on figure skating," a source said.

"CTV owns [the television rights to]Skate Canada and the Canadian championships, and quite frankly they're the two biggest properties in figure skating."

Cuthbert was told by the CBC he was finished only days before he was scheduled to fly to Moscow to cover the world figure skating championships.

His departure was a shock to people at the CBC and in the sports broadcasting business, and it became acrimonious between Cuthbert and the CBC when a severance settlement couldn't be reached.

Cuthbert had worked at the CBC for more than 20 years and ranked among the top announcers in Canadian television. He was also widely viewed as the heir to the lead announcer of Hockey Night in Canada, Bob Cole.

Nancy Lee, the head of CBC Sports, said Cuthbert was dropped because of budget cuts caused by the cancellation of the National Hockey League season.

But Cuthbert's agent, Elliott Kerr, didn't buy it and threatened to sue the network. As well, the Canadian Media Guild filed a grievance.

It was speculated Cuthbert would hold off joining another network until he reached a settlement with the CBC. But Lise Lareau, the president of the Canadian Media Guild, said it's difficult to turn down an attractive job opportunity.

"If I were Chris, I'd want things settled in advance," Lareau said. "But I wouldn't want to tie up future options, either."

One source said Cuthbert, who was designated as a freelancer at the CBC, may already have settled with the network for a six-month buyout.

Cuthbert was the CBC's lead football announcer and No. 2 hockey voice as well as a regular on Olympic broadcasts. He was paid about $350,000 a year.

Cuthbert, Kerr and TSN president Phil King could not be reached for comment.