CBC announces hosts of BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC GAMES



    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - CBC today unveiled the broadcast hosts that
will be providing Canadians with unprecedented coverage of BEIJING 2008: THE
OLYMPIC GAMES ON CBC: Ron MacLean, Ian Hanomansing, Scott Russell and Diana
    "We're thrilled to present the hosts of our Olympic Games broadcast
package," said Trevor Pilling, executive producer, BEIJING 2008: THE OLYMPIC
GAMES. "Ron, Ian, Scott and Diana have established themselves as some of the
best, most credible broadcasters in the country, and they are renowned for
their talent, professionalism, knowledge and experience. CBC is committed to
bringing Canadians the most informative, entertaining coverage of the Olympic
Games in Beijing, and our team of hosts will play a big role in providing
coverage that is second-to-none."
    Ron MacLean, a nine-time Gemini Award winner, will host CBC's prime-time
show, Olympic Prime (6 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT). Popular host
of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA for more than 20 years, MacLean has hosted
eight Olympic Games on CBC and made his Olympic debut during the 1988 Summer
Games in Seoul, Korea. MacLean's work as an Olympic broadcaster on CBC has
been recognized with two Gemini Awards and four Gemini nominations. As part of
his role as host of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, MacLean also hosts CBC'S
HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NHL All-Star Game and the
NHL Awards Show. MacLean's storied career with CBC also includes hosting the
Commonwealth Games, World Cup Hockey, Calgary Stampede and the IAAF World
    Ian Hanomansing, host of CBC NEWS: VANCOUVER AT SIX, brings a wealth of
experience to his role as host of Olympic Pacific Prime. (9 p.m. to 12 a.m. PT
/ 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. ET). A two-time Gemini Award nominee for best news anchor,
Hanomansing has been with CBC News since 1986. He has reported on many major
news events, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill and San Francisco earthquake
(1989), the Los Angeles riots (1992), and Vancouver's post-Stanley Cup riot
(1994). Hanomansing hosted the Gemini-nominated CBC Newsworld series Pacific
Rim Report as well as a wide range of live telecasts, including CBC's coverage
of the Hong Kong Handover (1997) and the award-winning Crime on the Street
(2005), broadcast live from inside a federal penitentiary. He has covered four
Olympic Games - Atlanta (1996), Nagano (1998), Salt Lake City (2002) and Turin
(2006) - and reported from Prague when Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Games.
Hanomansing has a wide-range of experience as a trusted anchor, serving as an
alternate host of CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL, anchoring election coverage for
CBC News, and has previously hosted CBC NEWS: CANADA NOW.
    "We are very excited to play our part in presenting China," said MacLean.
"Like the games played, featuring mystery, unexpected bounces and the
challenges which test us deeply, Beijing comes drenched in uncertainty. Our
crews, with their mix of sports and news background, are anxious to accept the
games, to learn from them and most of all to enjoy them."
    "As a reporter, I have had the privilege of seeing first hand some great
moments in Olympic history and I'm excited with this new role," said
Hanomansing. "I think there will be lots of reasons for Canadians to stay up
very late in August."
    CBC Sports' Scott Russell and CBC News' Diana Swain, both Gemini Award
winners, team up to host Olympic Morning (6 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET / 3 a.m. to
9 a.m. PT). A 20-year CBC Sports veteran, Russell has covered eight Olympic
Games and was the CBC Sports late-night host of the Olympic Summer Games in
Athens in August 2004. Host of CBC Sports Weekend since 2003, Russell also
hosted the FIFA Women's World Cup and the hugely successful FIFA U-20 World
Cup in 2007. Russell currently hosts Countdown to Beijing, airing Monday
evenings at 7:30 p.m. local (7:30 p.m. ET on CBCSports.ca). The show features
up-to-the-minute reports on Canadians training and competing for the chance to
represent Canada at the Olympic Games; profiles of Canada's top athletes and
international stars; and the latest on Beijing's readiness to host the world's
best athletes in August.
    Diana Swain, award-winning host of CBC NEWS AT SIX in Toronto joins
CBC Sports in Beijing for her first Olympic hosting role. Swain received the
Gemini Award for Canada's Best News Anchor in 2000, one of five Gemini
nominations she's received for her hosting, writing and reporting in a career
spanning more than 20 years. She has also received numerous awards for live
coverage, including her work on several provincial and federal election
specials, and coverage of the devastating floods in Manitoba in 1997. Her work
as an investigative reporter and news anchor has taken Swain to points around
the globe. Swain is a trusted voice to Canadian news viewers who see her
participate frequently in CBC's network news coverage including her role as an
alternate anchor on CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL. Swain's reports on the inspiring
impact of sports on children were featured this year and last year on CBC'S
    "The Olympic Games are the greatest recurring spectacle on earth," said
Russell. "The People's Republic of China hosting the Games represents a
landmark in that country's history, as well as in the history of the Olympic
movement. The 2008 Olympic Summer Games will be both fascinating and
astounding for all Canadians, and to be a part of CBC's coverage of these
Games is indeed a privilege."
    "I'm thrilled to be joining CBC Sports for its coverage of the Olympic
Games in Beijing and helping Canadians get their day started with coverage of
our athletes competing against the world," said Swain.
    CBC/Radio-Canada is the exclusive broadcast home to Beijing 2008 in
Canada. This August CBC, Canada's Olympic Network, will once again provide
comprehensive, daily live Olympic Games coverage on CBC Television, CBC
Country Canada, CBC Radio and cbcsports.ca as well as CBC Newsworld, ensuring
that Canadians can experience the excitement of the Olympic Games when and
where they want.
    Olympic fans can visit CBCSports.ca 24 hours a day, seven days a week
leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games for comprehensive coverage, including
breaking news, in-depth reports, live and on-demand streaming, special
features, including Beijing Bound - a unique look at China hosted by Ron
MacLean, and more.

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

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