Unprecedented Olympic Broadcast Team for Unprecedented Olympic Coverage



    
    -- Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium
       Unveils French-Language Talent Team for Vancouver 2010 --

    -- RDS, TQS, RIS Info-Sports and APTN to air record hours of pre-Olympic
       and Olympic French-language coverage --

    -- Olympians Gaétan Boucher, Jean-Luc Brassard, Danièle Sauvageau,
       Mélanie Turgeon, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon all part of
       analyst team --

    -- Weekly Olympic magazine show Vers Vancouver 2010 begins Jan. 12
       on RDS --
    

    MONTREAL, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - The biggest names in French sports broadcasting
will bring Canadians a record amount of French-language coverage from the
biggest event ever held on Canadian soil. Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media
Consortium today unveiled its French-language broadcast team for the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Winter Games, which will feature nearly 50 hosts, play-by-play
announcers, analysts, reporters and Olympians. Over the coming months, the
Consortium will announce further details regarding its multi-language
broadcast team.

    Every second of Olympic competition will be seen live in French on one of
the Consortium's official French-language platforms - RDS, TQS, RIS
Info-Sports, APTN and the dedicated website RDSolympiques.ca. In addition,
French-language pre-Olympic programming will be at an all-time high with
extensive Olympic news, documentaries and magazine shows leading up to
Vancouver 2010.

    "We have assembled the strongest and most knowledgeable Olympic
French-language broadcast team, the majority of whom already have an
established connection with sports fans, whether it be as former athletes,
Olympians or proven sportscasters," said Gerry Frappier, French Chef de
Mission, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. "Together, RDS, TQS, RIS
Info-Sports and APTN will provide Francophones throughout Canada with more
hours of French-language Olympic coverage than ever before."

    As part of its ongoing commitment to generate excitement towards
Vancouver 2010, RDS has developed French-language pre-Olympic programming that
will help raise awareness and build profile for Canadian Olympic athletes
while simultaneously celebrating the Olympic spirit.

    VERS VANCOUVER 2010 is a weekly half-hour Olympic magazine show hosted by
sports broadcasting pioneer CLAUDE MAILHOT. Premiering Monday, Jan. 12 at 7:30
p.m. ET on RDS, VERS VANCOUVER 2010 includes highlights of Canadians on the
World Cup circuit, profiles of Canada's top high-performance athletes, and
features on Olympic venues, athletes and the intricacies of the various
Olympic sports. NATHALIE LAMBERT, Canada's Chef de Mission for Vancouver 2010,
will join MAILHOT on the show each week, providing viewers with the latest
updates surrounding athletes and the Games. VERS VANCOUVER 2010 also features
Olympic experts JEAN-LUC BRASSARD, MELANIE TURGEON and DANIELE SAUVAGEAU, all
of whom are part of the Olympic broadcast team that will bring the Games to
Canadians. VERS VANCOUVER 2010 airs regularly on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET on
RDS.

    MADE IN QUEBEC is a one-hour RDS original documentary that highlights the
particular success of Quebec athletes at past Olympic Winter Games. Hosted by
MAILHOT, MADE IN QUEBEC reflects on the awe-inspiring performances by Olympic
heroes Gaétan Boucher, Marc Gagnon, Nathalie Lambert, Mario Lemieux, Martin
Brodeur and Danielle Goyette. MADE IN QUEBEC airs on RDS in January 2010.

    Additional Olympic documentaries, vignettes and programming will be
announced in the coming months.

    
    Hosts - Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    --------------------------------------
    

    For the first time in Olympic history, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
will take place indoors with French-language coverage available live on RDS,
TQS, RIS Info-Sports and APTN.

    Bringing viewers all the action from BC Place will be three-time Gemini
Award winner and sports broadcasting veteran PIERRE HOUDE of RDS. Teaming up
with HOUDE will be decorated sports broadcaster of 50-plus years RICHARD
GARNEAU, the dean of Olympic French broadcasting who will be covering an
unprecedented 22nd Olympic Games.

    
    Network Hosts
    -------------
    

    RDS and TQS will have their own unique Olympic Prime Time and Olympic
Daytime shows, each with different hosts from different sets located in the
International Broadcast Centre in Vancouver.

    Before daily competition begins, CLAUDE MAILHOT, whose illustrious sports
career spans nearly 40 years, will host Olympic Morning, which will air on
both RDS and TQS.

    On TQS, popular late-night sports host JEAN PAGE, one of Canada's most
experienced sportscasters with nearly 45 years of experience, will host
Olympic Prime Time, with veteran RDS sports anchor CHANTAL MACHABEE as host of
Olympic Daytime.

    On RDS, long-time network broadcaster DENIS CASAVANT will lead the
network's coverage as Host of Olympic Prime Time, with sports anchor YANICK
BOUCHARD as Host of Olympic Daytime.

    For complete detials about the Consortium's Olympic Broadcast Team, visit
RDS.ca.

    
               French-Language Broadcast Team: Vancouver 2010

      -- French-Language Coverage on RDS, TQS, RIS Info-Sports, APTN --

    Hosts - Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    --------------------------------------
    Pierre Houde - Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (RDS, TQS,
     RIS Info-Sports, APTN)
    Richard Garneau - Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies (RDS, TQS,
     RIS Info-Sports, APTN)

    Network Hosts
    -------------
    Denis Casavant - Host, Olympic Prime Time (RDS)
    Yanick Bouchard - Host, Olympic Daytime (RDS)
    Claude Mailhot - Host, Olympic Morning (RDS and TQS)

    Jean Pagé - Host, Olympic Prime Time (TQS)
    Chantal Machabée - Host, Olympic Daytime (TQS)
    Claude Mailhot - Host, Olympic Morning (TQS and RDS)

    Men's Hockey
    ------------
    Pierre Houde - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Benoit Brunet - Game Analyst
    Stéphane Leroux - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Norman Flynn - Game Analyst
    Alain Crête - Host
    Jacques Demers - Analyst, Panel
    Michel Bergeron - Analyst, Panel
    Luc Gélinas - Reporter
    Renaud Lavoie - Reporter

    Women's Hockey
    --------------
    Félix Séguin - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Danièle Sauvageau - Game Analyst

    Figure Skating
    --------------
    Michel Lacroix - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Alain Goldberg - Analyst
    Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon - Special Guest Analysts

    Curling
    -------
    Michel Y. Lacroix - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Guy Hemmings - Analyst

    Long Track Speed Skating
    ------------------------
    Frédéric Plante - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Gaétan Boucher - Analyst

     Short Track Speed Skating
    --------------------------
    Stéphane Langdeau - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Robert Dubreuil - Analyst

    Alpine Skiing
    -------------
    Claudine Douville - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Mélanie Turgeon - Analyst

    Cross-Country Skiing / Biathlon / Nordic Combined
    -------------------------------------------------
    Louis Bertrand - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Martine Albert - Analyst, Biathlon
    Guido Visser - Analyst, Cross-Country Skiing and Nordic Combined

    Ski Jumping
    -----------
    Daniel Aucoin - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Analyst TBD

    Freestyle Skiing / Snowboard
    ----------------------------
    Michel Fervac-Larose - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Jean-Luc Brassard - Analyst, Freestyle Skiing
    Benoit Ouellette - Analyst, Snowboard

    Bobsleigh / Luge / Skeleton
    ---------------------------
    David Arsenault - Play-by-Play Announcer
    Jean-Paul Baert - Analyst

    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.

    
          Une équipe de diffusion olympique exceptionnelle pour une
     couverture olympique sans précédent
    





For further information:

For further information: Nathalie Moreau, Director of Communications and
Public Relations, RDS, w-(514) 529-2132, c-(514) 237-3647, nmoreau@rds.ca;
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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