Hazel Mae Returns to Sportsnet; Latest Addition in Network's String of High-Profile Signings

Mae debuts Nov. 14 as weeknight anchor for Sportsnet Connected  -

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - A familiar face is coming home to Sportsnet with the return of sportscaster Hazel Mae, who will anchor the 6 p.m. weeknight edition of Sportsnet Connected on Sportsnet East, Ontario and West, beginning Monday, Nov. 14.   The announcement was made earlier this evening on the early edition of Sportsnet Connected.

"Hazel is a tremendous addition to our news team," said Scott Woodgate, Vice-President of News and Information Programming, Sportsnet. "She's a talented storyteller and outstanding live broadcaster whose sports knowledge will drive our content on Connected."

In addition to her role on Sportsnet television, Mae will work across all Sportsnet platforms, including as a guest host on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Sportsnet 960 The FAN, a regular contributor on Sportsnet magazine and sportsnet.ca.

Mae, a Toronto native, made her broadcasting debut in 2001 at Sportsnet, where she anchored the morning edition of Sportsnetnews for three years, while simultaneously hosting the weekly Toronto Blue Jays magazine show JZone.  Since then, Mae has taken her talents south of the border, helping launch MLB Network in 2009.  She was part of the ensemble on the Emmy Award-winning signature studio show MLB Tonight, host of the fast-paced highlight program Quick Pitch, and most recently hosted the two-hour preview show The Rundown.  Prior to joining MLB Network, Mae worked at the New England Sports Network (NESN), home of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, as lead anchor of the nightly news show Sportsdesk and host of the week-in-review program, The Ultimate Red Sox Show, and the Bruins' magazine show The Buzz.

"I have truly come full circle by returning to the network that launched my broadcasting career," said Mae. "My career got off to a great start at Sportsnet and I'm excited to be coming back home.  It's an exciting time at Sportsnet with the recent re-brand and their accessible content on multiple platforms."

Mae ranks amongst the latest of the industry's biggest personalities to sign with the Sportsnet brand on multiple platforms, including: Sportsnet magazine columnist and Sportsnet Connected contributor Stephen Brunt, Hockeycentral's Jeff Marek, Hockeycentral Insider Scott Morrison, Hockeycentral features reporter Christine Simpson, Prime Time Sports co-host and Sportsnet Connected contributor Damien Cox, MLB analyst Gregg Zaun, Prime Time Sports co-host and sportsnet.ca columnist Michael Grange, and sportsnet.ca Baseball Insider Shi Davidi.

About Sportsnet
Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, Radio, Print, Online and Mobile. Sportsnet is Fuelled By Fans, and delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level.  The multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet, sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet magazine, Sportsnet Mobile and the Sportsnet iPad appSportsnet is the Canadian leader in NHL and MLB television broadcasts and is home to 162 Toronto Blue Jays games, plus MLB Playoffs and the World Series.  Sportsnet is an official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also offers an exciting sports lineup including the NFL, the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, the Memorial Cup, and soccer programming with UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Canadian national team matches for men and women.  Sportsnet Connected is the network's nightly news program, providing regional and national coverage of the day's events in the world of sports.

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For further information:

Adam Auckbaraullee, Communications Officer
adam.auckbaraullee@sportsnet.rogers.com
647-618-4065 (mobile)


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