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CBC Reveals Highlights of 2014 Olympics Coverage

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The CBC has announced some highlights of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which begin in under one month. English-language coverage will air on TV on CBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. CBC will also have 12 live online feeds that will include commentary. CBC is promising more than 1500 hours of total coverage, including the streams. CBC Television will have over 350 hours of coverage (21 hours daily), featuring all Canadian hockey games and most medal events. TSN and TSN2 will combine for 250 hours of coverage (~17 hours daily), including primetime encores of hockey. Sportsnet will feature 140 hours of coverage, with 64.5 more on Sportsnet ONE (~13 hours daily). Sportsnet will focus on curling in primetime.

Coverage begins on Thursday February 6, the day prior to the opening ceremony, at 6am Eastern with snowboard slopestyle qualification and figure skating’s team event. The opening ceremony, with hosts Peter Mansbridge and Ron MacLean, will air live on February 7 at 11am Eastern on CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and TSN2. CBC’s coverage begins with an exclusive preview show at 10am ET and will also feature encore presentations of the ceremony at 2pm ET and again in primetime.

CBC’s coverage will air almost around the clock, except to break for local news and The National. Olympic coverage begins at midnight Eastern with Olympic Overnight and continues live through the end of Olympic Daytime at 3pm ET. Olympic Extra, an encore broadcast, follows from 3 through 5pm ET. That is followed by a 2 hour break for local news, then Olympic Primetime at 7pm Eastern, in most regions. The National will air between Primetime and Overnight Coverage.

CBC’s highlights include all Canadian hockey games, as well as the gold medal finals in men’s and women’s hockey and curling. TSN will show the free programs of all figure skating events. TSN2 features Shaun White looking for a third straight gold medal in snowboard halfpipe. Sportsnet has the men’s moguls final, featuring Alex Bilodeau, who won Canada’s first gold medal on home snow in Vancouver. Sportsnet ONE features lots of sliding, including women’s skeleton, women’s luge, women’s bobsleigh and 2-man bobsleigh.

CBC will release a more detailed broadcast schedule in the coming weeks.

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Written by canadiansportsmedia

9 January, 2014 at 9:03pm

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  1. Will all men’s hockey games be shown with commentary? Or at least games featuring the top teams? (i.e. Czech vs. Sweden).

    Calvin

    9 January, 2014 at 9:48pm

    • Yes. By the sounds of it all competitions in every sport will have commentary for both live streaming and TV. I’d be surprised if any hockey games don’t show up on one channel or another.

      canadiansportsmedia

      9 January, 2014 at 11:59pm

  2. It will be AWESOME to hear the CBC’s Iconic Olympic theme song for two and a half weeks in February!!! This music gets me ready for the Olympics!!! :)

    nationscapital

    9 January, 2014 at 9:52pm

  3. I’m really hoping that TSN allows Brian Williams to anchor their primetime show!

    Viraj

    9 January, 2014 at 10:27pm

    • Since CBC is the broadcaster, and TSN just a sub-licensee, CBC would almost certainly have to approve it. Which they almost certainly wouldn’t IMO. If TSN’s showing hockey in primetime, my guess is Duthie gets to host.

      canadiansportsmedia

      9 January, 2014 at 11:57pm

      • I had the opportunity to speak with Brian at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships last weekend, and he will not be going to Sochi.

        NorthernSkater

        16 January, 2014 at 10:35am

    • I don’t. I hope they keep him and his sanctimony off the coverage entirely. I don’t know if he was always like this and I just didn’t notice because of the lack of options… but during 2010 and 2012 I couldn’t stand him.

      Kevin

      13 January, 2014 at 12:06am

  4. Nothing for 360?

    Mark

    10 January, 2014 at 7:27pm

    • No. SN360 wasn’t included in the deal when the sub-license was given out. Rogers didn’t officially own it then. No need for it really. Last Winter Olympics everything was shown live using 4 channels (CTV, TSN, SN, OLN). They have 5 this time.

      canadiansportsmedia

      11 January, 2014 at 12:02am

  5. Will there be programming on OLN again?

    Calvin

    13 January, 2014 at 3:56pm

    • No just CBC, TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE. They don’t really need any other channels. CTV showed everything live in 2010 using 5 channels (CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN, APTN).

      canadiansportsmedia

      13 January, 2014 at 6:59pm

  6. is there a full schedule posted anywhere yet?

    noonanchad

    15 January, 2014 at 8:40pm

    • No. CBC says it will be out by the end of the month. I am working on a partial schedule for the time being. I’ll try to post it later in the week.

      canadiansportsmedia

      15 January, 2014 at 10:22pm

  7. Will TSN/Sportsnet be using any of their own announcers for hockey/curling?

    Ryan

    18 January, 2014 at 4:50pm

    • No. CBC is just sending one broadcast crew for curling: Bruce Rainnie, Joan McCusker and Mike Harris. For hockey they are using Hughson/Simpson/Healy and Lee/Hrudey.

      canadiansportsmedia

      19 January, 2014 at 6:20pm


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