SportsCentre is Live in London During the Olympics

As has been previously mentioned, TSN’s flagship program SportsCentre will broadcast live from London during the 2012 Olympics. Jay Onrait will host the evening edition of SportsCentre from Trafalgar Square. Dan O’Toole will join him from Toronto. SportsCentre join’s CTV’s National News and Sportsnet’s Connected broadcasting in London during the Olympics.

Here is TSN’s press release.

The world’s biggest spectacle hits London this week and SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s most-watched sportscast, will be live in the heart of London at Trafalgar Square giving Canadians extensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Special editions of SPORTSCENTRE air live from London beginning today on TSN and run through to the end of the Games.

Hosted by popular TSN anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, the special editions of SPORTSCENTRE air at 6 p.m. ET Monday to Thursday and expand to two hours daily beginning at 5 p.m. ET starting on Monday, July 30.

Onrait hosts live from TSN’s prime broadcast location in Trafalgar Square located next to Canada House with a stunning backdrop that includes London’s iconic “Big Ben” and the House of Parliament. O’Toole joins Onrait from the SPORTSCENTRE studio covering all of the news developing in the world of sports. Reporter Brent Wallace is also on location in London filing daily London 2012 Olympic Games reports.

Onrait and O’Toole have gathered international acclaim for their work on SPORTSCENTRE and were recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.

SPORTSCENTRE is part of TSN’s comprehensive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As part of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, TSN will deliver 252.5 hours of London 2012 coverage, making it the eighth time in network history that TSN is televising the Olympic Games.

15 thoughts on “SportsCentre is Live in London During the Olympics

  1. Since they’re co-hosting, why would they bring Jay to London, but not Dan? Wouldn’t it make sense to just have them both host from London?

    • Probably so Dan can keep up with North American sports like CFL, MLB and NHL offseason. It allows them to keep the production in the SportsCentre newsroom too.

    • I would assume it would be in case their transmission from London were to go down.

      My thinking is because they are on the street in London they are probably sending their feed back to the Broadcast Center in London and then sending it back to Canada. So if that transmission were to go down at least Dan would be in Toronto able to continue to carry the show.

  2. I gotta agree with Vlad, send the crew on a working vacation along with the rest of the regular TSN and Sportsnet staff. The lesser known junior staff can take care of non olympic sports for 2 weeks. There won’t be as many people watching regular sports while the Olympics are on.

    • London is an expensive city to send an entire army of people to. With technology and the advancements made it is easier and more cost efficient to have a small presence in London with a lot of the behind the scenes people and TSN/Sportsnet back in Toronto.

  3. One other thing, can you be consistent on listing the times to one time zone? You have been listing many events with Atlantic time and that’s fine. Don’t list other times in eastern, it gets really confusing.

    • If you are referring to this, it is a TSN press release. I post them how they are. If you are referring to the daily schedules, those are in collaboration with Channel Canada. Me and Randi (from Channel Canada) have agreed to do them in ET. We agreed on it after I began posting the sport-by-sport schedules. I posted those in AT because it was easier for me to convert from BST to ADT since I do it all the time when reading about British sports/TV events.

      So, I’m not gonna go back and change the sport-by-sport schedules, nor am I going to convert the daily schedules to Atlantic Time. Make sense?

  4. Question:

    Jay Onrait and Ken Reid are both stationed in pretty exclusive spots in London BUT they are only there for 2 hours a day (maybe 3 if you include pre-show and post-show wrap up).

    Does this mean that other broadcasters from other countries use these locations for broadcasting their shows too if they are in different time zones or are these spots solely for Sportsnet & TSN. I have seen that Onrait doesn’t have a desk (we will have to see about Ken) so my thinking is these are basically like photo booths set up in London for people to book time in to broadcast with.

    Does anyone know if they are TSN & Sportsnet’s spots or if they are sharing them with someone else?

    • Very good question. I’ll look into it.

      • Looks like Ken Reid has a desk in London so Sportsnet must have rented that spot out for the entire games exclusively. It may be something similar to when their was a celebration for the Queen last year where a structure was built to host up to 15 different tv networks and have the same background. I think Canada AM used it last year when in London.

  5. Is there a SportCentre London Desk drinking game? Seemed to be yesterday. If so, please publish the rules, regulations and also if it is a judged game.

    • The SportsCentre drinking game stems from the 1am ET version with Onrait and O’Toole. Surprised that it’s getting a mention at 6pm.

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