Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium Unveils Award-Winning English-Language Talent Team for Vancouver 2010



    
    -- Brian Williams Leads All-Star Roster of 91 Broadcasters --

    -- Popular on-air personalities from Sports, News, Entertainment and
    Music all part of wide-ranging scope of coverage --

    -- Olympic medallists Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, Catriona Le May
    Doan, Elizabeth Manley, Beckie Scott, Karen Percy Lowe included in
    analyst team --
    

    TORONTO, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are going
to be the biggest event ever held on Canadian soil, and the coverage from
Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium will reflect the magnitude of this
monumental event. Today, the Consortium announced its esteemed
English-language broadcast team that will bring Canadians every minute of
Olympic competition live from Vancouver 2010. The 91-person English-language
on-air team includes hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts, reporters and
Olympians, who have a total of 17 Olympic medals among them.

    Never before has there been a media commitment of this magnitude by an
Olympic rights-holder in this country, as Canadians will be able to experience
the Games on a variety of official platforms - 11 television networks, 10
radio stations, and a national print publication. There will also be a
dedicated website, CTVOlympics.ca / RDSolympiques.ca, featuring articles and
blogs written by the Olympic broadcast team. The magnitude of Olympic coverage
is now matched by the magnitude of the Olympic broadcast team.

    "The advantage of the Consortium is the diverse and broad scope of talent
from various assets, giving us expertise and star power in all areas - sports,
news, entertainment and music. The breadth and depth of high-calibre talent
available to the Consortium is unparalleled," said Keith Pelley, President,
Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. "By announcing 13 months in
advance of the Games, the Olympic broadcast team will be able to closely
follow the World Cup circuit and develop a strong rapport with the athletes
and National Sports Federations leading up to 2010."

    The English-language Olympic on-air talent will be seen beyond their
current media outlets and contribute across all Consortium channels and
platforms.

    In an ongoing effort to provide Canadians with more choice than ever
before, the Consortium is capturing the Olympic Games beyond sport with
extensive coverage from a news, entertainment and music perspective. Fans will
be able to share and experience the lifestyles and stories beyond the Games
competition with CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM, eTalk,
MuchMusic's MuchonDemand in Whistler, MTV, The Globe and Mail, and Rogers
Radio.

    
    Network Hosts - Olympic Prime Time and Olympic Daytime
    ------------------------------------------------------
    
    English-language coverage of Olympic Prime Time and Olympic Daytime will
air simultaneously on three networks daily throughout the 17 days of the
Games: CTV, Rogers Sportsnet and TSN, all with different hosts from different
sets located in the International Broadcast Centre in Vancouver. CTV will also
have a second set located outside in the heart of Whistler, marking the first
time a Canadian broadcaster will have two main anchor desks in different
locations at an Olympic Games.

    On CTV, BRIAN WILLIAMS, the dean of Olympic broadcasting, will lead the
Consortium's coverage from Vancouver as Host of Olympic Prime Time (7 p.m.-2
a.m. ET/4 p.m.-11 p.m. PT). Vancouver 2010 marks the 13th Olympic Games for
Williams throughout his illustrious 30-plus-year career. Williams, a six-time
Gemini Award winner, will be anchored in Vancouver at the International
Broadcast Centre where he will introduce all prime time events and conduct
major interviews with newsmakers and athletes at the Games. JAMES DUTHIE, host
of the award-winning NHL on TSN, will work alongside CTV news journalist LISA
LAFLAMME as Co-Hosts of Olympic Daytime (12 noon-7 p.m. ET/9 a.m.-4 p.m. PT).
TSN's DUTHIE, who is recognized across the country for his outstanding work,
will pull double duty as Host of Team Canada's Men's Hockey coverage.

    Also on CTV, popular TSN sports anchor JENNIFER HEDGER will be seen
nightly as Whistler Host of Olympic Prime Time. HEDGER will be live on
location in Whistler, on an outside set capturing the exuberance and magic of
the mountain setting. TSN's MICHAEL LANDSBERG, one of the best-known sports
and entertainment personalities in Canadian television, rounds out the CTV
crew as Whistler Host of Olympic Daytime.

    On Rogers Sportsnet, popular Vancouver personality DON TAYLOR joins
MARTINE GAILLARD, BRAD FAY and EVANKA OSMAK as hosts of the network's Olympic
coverage. Exact roles to be announced at a later date.

    On TSN, fan favourite DARREN DUTCHYSHEN, who has been with the network
for 13 years, anchors the nightly coverage as Host of Olympic Prime Time.
Vancouver 2010 marks the seventh tour of Olympic duty for DAVE RANDORF, who
serves as Host of Olympic Daytime.

    
    Hosts - Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    --------------------------------------
    
    For the first time in Olympic history, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
will take place indoors. BC Place will play host, as more than 2,500 athletes
from 80-plus nations make their way into the stadium in the Parade of
Athletes.
    Bringing viewers all the English-language coverage from the Opening and
Closing Ceremonies on CTV will be BRIAN WILLIAMS and legendary journalist and
CTV Chief News Anchor LLOYD ROBERTSON, who has guided Canadians through
historical events for more than 50 years.

    For complete detials about the Consortium's Olympic Broadcast Team, visit
CTV.ca, sportsnet.ca and TSN.ca.

    
               English-Language Broadcast Team: Vancouver 2010

     -- CTV, Rogers Sportsnet, TSN, OMNI, OLN, ATN, The Globe and Mail,
                               Rogers Radio --

    Network Hosts
    -------------
    Brian Williams - Host, Olympic Prime Time (CTV)
    James Duthie - Co-Host, Olympic Daytime (CTV)
    Lisa LaFlamme - Co-Host, Olympic Daytime (CTV)
    Jennifer Hedger - Whistler Host, Olympic Prime Time (CTV)
    Michael Landsberg - Whistler Host, Olympic Daytime (CTV)

    Don Taylor - Co-Host, Olympic coverage (Rogers Sportsnet)
    Martine Gaillard - Co-Host, Olympic coverage (Rogers Sportsnet)
    Brad Fay - Co-Host, Olympic coverage (Rogers Sportsnet)
    Evanka Osmak - Co-Host, Olympic coverage (Rogers Sportsnet)

    Darren Dutchyshen - Host, Olympic Prime Time (TSN)
    Dave Randorf - Host, Olympic Daytime (TSN)

    Hosts - Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    --------------------------------------
    Brian Williams - Co-Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (CTV)
    Lloyd Robertson - Co-Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (CTV)

    Men's Hockey
    ------------
    Chris Cuthbert - Play-by-Play Announcer, Team Canada
    Gord Miller - Play-by-Play Announcer, Team Canada
    Peter Loubardias - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Pierre McGuire - Game Analyst
    John Garrett - Game Analyst Ray Ferraro - Game Analyst
    James Duthie - Host, Team Canada
    Daren Millard - Host
    Dave Hodge - Host
    Nick Kypreos - Analyst, Panel
    Bob McKenzie - Analyst, Panel
    Darren Pang - Analyst, Panel
    Gene Principe - Reporter
    Darren Dreger - Reporter
    Ryan Rishaug - Reporter

    Women's Hockey
    --------------
    Kevin Quinn - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Cassie Campbell-Pascall - Game Analyst
    Lisa Bowes - Reporter

    Figure Skating
    --------------
    Rod Black - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Jamie Salé and David Pelletier - Analysts, Pairs (with Pelletier also
     doing Men's)
    Elizabeth Manley - Analyst, Ladies and Dance
    Jennifer Robinson - Analyst, Ladies and Dance
    Sara Orlesky - Reporter

    Curling
    -------
    Vic Rauter - Play-by-Play Announcer, Team Canada
    Bryan Mudryk - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Linda Moore - Analyst
    Ray Turnbull - Analyst
    Russ Howard - Analyst
    Cathy Gauthier - Analyst
    Dan Murphy - Reporter

    Long Track Speed Skating
    ------------------------
    Rod Smith - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Catriona Le May Doan - Analyst
    James Cybulski - Reporter

    Short Track Speed Skating
    -------------------------
    Rod Black - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Susan Auch - Analyst
    Louis Jean - Reporter

    Alpine Skiing
    -------------
    Gerry Dobson - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Brian Stemmle - Analyst, Men's
    Cary Mullen - Analyst, Men's
    Karen Percy Lowe - Analyst, Women's
    Perry Solkowski - Reporter

    Cross-Country Skiing / Biathlon / Ski Jumping / Nordic Combined
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    RJ Broadhead - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Beckie Scott - Analyst, Cross-Country Skiing
    Jack Sasseville - Analyst, Cross-Country Skiing and Nordic Combined
    Daniel Lefebvre - Analyst, Biathlon
    Rob Keith - Analyst, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined
    Craig MacEwen - Reporter

    Freestyle Skiing
    ----------------
    Holly Horton - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Veronica Brenner - Analyst, Aerials and Moguls
    Jeff Bean - Analyst, Men's Aerials
    Katherine Dolan - Reporter

    Snowboard
    ---------
    Jamie Campbell - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Tara Teigen - Analyst
    Mark Torlay - Reporter

    Bobsleigh / Luge / Skeleton
    ---------------------------
    Rob Faulds - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Chris Lori - Analyst, Men's Bobsleigh
    Christina Smith - Analyst, Women's Bobsleigh
    Chris Wightman - Analyst, Luge
    Duff Gibson - Analyst, Skeleton
    Farhan Lalji - Reporter

    News
    ----
    Lloyd Robertson - Chief Anchor, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson
    Beverly Thomson - Co-host, Canada AM (CTV)
    Seamus O'Regan - Co-host, Canada AM (CTV)
    Marci Ien - News Anchor, Canada AM (CTV)
    Jeff Hutcheson - Sports and Weather Anchor, Canada AM (CTV)
    Gino Reda - Olympic Anchor, Canada AM (CTV)
    Bob McCown - Host, Olympic Prime Time Sports (Rogers Radio)
    Stephen Brunt - Olympic Columnist (The Globe and Mail, CTVOlympics.ca);
    Co-Host, Olympic Prime Time Sports (Rogers Radio)

    Entertainment
    -------------
    Ben Mulroney - Co-Host, eTalk segments (CTV)
    Tanya Kim - Co-Host, eTalk segments (CTV)
    Lainey Lui - Reporter, eTalk segments (CTV)
    Jeanne Beker - Fashion Expert, fashion segments (CTV)

    Music
    -----
    Leah Miller - Co-Host, MuchonDemand in Whistler (MuchMusic)
    Matte Babel - Co-Host, MuchonDemand in Whistler (MuchMusic)
    Aliya-Jasmine Sovani - Reporter, MuchonDemand in Whistler (MuchMusic)
    Devon Soltendieck - Reporter, MuchonDemand in Whistler (MuchMusic)
    Sarah Taylor - Reporter, MuchonDemand in Whistler (MuchMusic)
    Matt Wells - Reporter, MuchonDemand in Whistler (MuchMusic)
    Dan Levy - Reporter (CTV/MuchMusic)
    Jessi Cruickshank - Reporter (CTV/MuchMusic)
    Daryn Jones - Reporter (CTV/MuchMusic)

    About Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium
    -------------------------------------------------
    
    Established in 2007, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is a
unique relationship between leading media conglomerates CTV and Rogers Media
Inc., which together will provide unprecedented coverage and consumer choice
in English, French and multi-languages on multiple platforms for the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Broadcast
brands include CTV, TSN, RDS, RIS Info-Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, OMNI, OLN,
TQS, APTN, ATN, MuchMusic and select Rogers radio stations across the country.





For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, Director, Communications,
Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, w-(416) 332-7575, c-(647)
224.8800, agoldstein@ctv.ca; Dan Zaiontz, Communications Coordinator, Canada's
Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, w-(416) 332-5708, c-(647) 406-4638,
dan.zaiontz@ctv.ca

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