London 2012 Primetime Highlights: Day 15

First off, sorry I didn’t post a complete broadcast schedule today. Was busy with other things last night. But, here are the primetime highlights across CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, OLN and NBC this evening. Lots of medals given out (and taken away, kind of) on the penultimate day of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

CTV: Host Brian Williams gives a complete rundown of Day 15 highlights and results. With a focus on Canadian performances, the four hour show looks at Catharine Pendrel in mountain bike, Mark de Jonge, Hugues Fournel and Ryan Cochrane in canoe/kayak, Riley McCormick* and Eric Sehn* in men’s 10m platform diving and more. OLYMPIC PRIME TIME ON CTV also recaps the athletics events of the day – including another highly-anticipated race featuring Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in the men’s 4x100m relay – and the men’s soccer final.

TSN: Host Darren Dutchyshen takes sports fans through four hours of Day 15 highlights including recaps of the women’s volleyball gold medal game between Brazil and the United States, the men’s soccer final featuring Brazil vs. Mexico and men’s taekwondo +80kg with Canada’s François Coulombe-Fortier.

Sportsnet: Host Brad Fay recaps Canadian mountain biker Catharine Pendrel’s quest for a medal in the women’s cross-country. Pendrel is also featured in The Experts, where she proves to bobsledders Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown just how hard her sport really is. Plus, Sportsnet looks back at the incredible journey of the Canadian women’s soccer team.

OLN: Men’s Hockey Final: Germany v. Netherlands

NBC Primetime: Track & Field finals include men’s 4×100 and women’s 4×400 relays. Also, the men’s platform Diving semifinal and final, and the women’s Volleyball final.

NBC Late Night: Finals in the 60kg, 84kg and 120kg weight classes in men’s freestyle Wrestling.

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2012 Olympic Multicultural Commentators

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Consortium has announced its 2012 Olympic hosts and commentators. OMNI will broadcast coverage in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Punjubi. ATN will provide coverage in Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Among the commentators are HNIC pubjabi play-by-play announcer Harnarayan Singh.

Here is the press release.

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is pleased to announce its multilingual broadcast team for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In total, the Consortium’s multilingual broadcast partners OMNI Television and the Asian Television Network (ATN) will air 223 hours of coverage during the 17-day event with a 28-person broadcast team. The London 2012 Olympic Games takes place July 27 to August 12.

The Consortium’s broadcast team will deliver live event coverage in 11 different languages: Bangla, Cantonese, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu. Olympic Games highlights will also air in news programs on OMNI Television.

As Canada’s broadcast leader in multilingual and multicultural programming, OMNI Television will deliver 103 hours of coverage in five different languages: Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Punjabi. Their broadcast team consists of 23 commentators – a variety of studio hosts, play-by-play announcers, renowned sports analysts, athletes-turned-broadcasters, and news anchors – all dedicated to providing multilingual coverage of London 2012.

“Our outstanding broadcast team will deliver a unique experience, bringing the thrill of the Games in languages of comfort for OMNI Television audiences, along with inspiring stories for Canada’s multilingual communities,” said Madeline Ziniak, National President, OMNI Television.

The OMNI Television broadcast team is as follows:

  • Cantonese: Alex Chum (Host), Fiona Law (Host), Raymond Li (Play-by-play, Badminton), Karen So (Host, Opening Ceremony), Paul Wan (Host), Ximing Yao (Analyst, Badminton)
  • Italian: Dino Cavalluzzo, (Host), Giorgio Mitolo (Host)
  • Mandarin: Wei Lee (Host), Gen Mei Liu (Analyst, Aquatics), YJ Liu (Analyst, Table Tennis), Shawn Wang (Host), Lisa Wu (Host), Ann Wang (Analyst, Aquatics), Tony Xiang (Analyst, Table Tennis), Bowen Zhang (Host, Opening and Closing Ceremonies)
  • Portuguese: Lidia Ferreira (Host), Adalberto Thomaz (Play-by-play, Soccer)
  • Punjabi: Surinder Pal Chahal (Analyst, Wrestling) , Nick Sandhu (Analyst, Field Hockey), Amarinder Singh (Play-by-Play, Field Hockey), Harnarayan Singh, (Play-by-Play, Wrestling), Jasdip Wahla (Host)

ATN, Canada’s largest South Asian broadcaster, will deliver 120 hours of Games coverage during the London 2012 Olympic Games in five different languages including: Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu. ATN will have five full-time broadcasters during the Games.

“We consider it a privilege to partner with Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium,” said Dr. Shan Chandrasekar, President and CEO of ATN. We are very proud to give our community this wonderful opportunity to cheer on the Canadian Olympic team and others from around the world to develop an appreciation for the Games. By offering badminton in Hindi, field hockey in Punjabi, athletics in Tamil, gymnastics in Urdu, and boxing in Bangla, we are at the forefront of multilingual sports coverage.”

The ATN broadcast team is as follows:

  • Bengali: Suman Rahman (Play-by-play, Boxing and Gymnastics)
  • Hindi: Rajinder Lamba (Play-by-play, Badminton)
  • Punjabi: Amarjit Sangha (Play-by-play, Field Hockey and Weightlifting)
  • Tamil: Vasakan Ratnathurai (Play-by-play, Athletics and Shooting)
  • Urdu: Ashfaq Hussain (Play-by-play, Archery and Gymnastics)

Connected is Live in London Starting July 27

A couple of Olympic-related press releases to share tonight. First up, Sportsnet has announced that Ken Reid will host the evening edition of Connected from London from July 27 through August 12. The special Olympic Connected will air for two hours, from 5-7pm ET, each night of the Games on Sportsnet immediately following Olympic Daytime. Hazel Mae, the regular evening Connected host, will take over for Jamie Campbell hosting Blue Jays broadcasts during the Games.

TSN will also broadcast an evening edition of SportsCentre from London with host Jay Onrait. It will also air from 5-7pm ET most nights during the Olympics.

Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

With 10 days remaining until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Sportsnet’s Connected is packing its bags – and studio desk – for the UK to bring Canadians live coverage from downtown London of the network’s nightly news program from July 27 to Aug. 12.

Host Ken Reid will anchor Connected’s coverage from London at the Sportsnet studio located on the River Thames, with spectacular views of the iconic Tower Bridge in the background. Coverage kicks off on Friday, July 27 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, immediately following the Opening Ceremony.

Reid will host a live two-hour edition of Connected every night at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT starting Saturday, July 28. Connected will keep fans in-the-know regarding all things 2012 Games-related, including highlights and recaps of each day’s events. Sportsnet reporter Ian Mendes will also file daily reports and features from London.

In addition to London 2012 Olympic Games news and highlights, Connected will remain Canada’s prime destination for all of the latest and biggest regional, national and global sports stories.

Connected on location at London 2012 complements Sportsnet’s 252.5 hours of live event coverage as part of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. Other Rogers media properties that are official London 2012 broadcasters within the Consortium are OMNI Television (103 hours of event coverage), OLN (170 hours of event coverage), and Rogers Radio, which will air a daily hour-long highlights show, updates three times an hour every day during the Games, and dedicated London 2012 coverage during Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown from 6 to 7 p.m. ET each day.

CTV’s London 2012 Promotional Campaign Begins Sunday

The London 2012 Olympic Games are less than six months away. This Sunday, during their Super Bowl XLVI coverage, CTV will debut a series of new promotional ads for their London 2012 coverage. Gorden Pinsent returns as the narrator for some ads, while Halifax’s Ellen Page will narrate others. Here is CTV’s press release about the new campaign.

It’s Super Buzz Weekend on CTV. The network announced today that it will launch its new BELIEVE promotional campaign in support of its broadcast of the London 2012 Olympic Games during its exclusive coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI this Sunday. Featuring the voices of Canadian actors Ellen Page and Gordon Pinsent on CTV and TSN, the campaign begins just after the six-month countdown to London 2012 was marked on January 27. Additionally, the network will use the opportunity to debut more than one hundred versions of never-seen-before, on-air creative, supporting CTV’s star-studded mid-season schedule and upcoming programming on Bell Media specialty channels.

“The SUPER BOWL is not only an amazing platform for clients to reach their customers by the millions, but it is also a tremendous opportunity for us to introduce, tease, and launch campaigns for upcoming programming on CTV and other Bell Media properties,” said Rick Lewchuk, Senior Vice-President, Bell Media Agency. “In addition to introducing the stunning new London 2012 BELIEVE campaign, we are keeping the overall SUPER BOWL viewing experience as fresh as possible with a wide range of brand-new creative.”

The original award-winning BELIEVE campaign debuted in advance of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games – helping to inspire a nation and introduce Canadians to its Olympic heroes. The London 2012 BELIEVE campaign rekindles the incredible feeling of national pride that grew out of Vancouver 2010, engaging new Canadians by showcasing how the Olympic spirit of BELIEVE has spread to their homelands. Showcasing both Canadian and international athletes, the production involved three separate crews shooting over six months across Canada, the U.S., India, China, the Philippines, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Jamaica, Scotland, and England to create the look and feel of a trailer for a dramatic feature film.

The Bell Media Agency will also unveil new creative for upcoming sporting events including TSN’s TradeCentre, NCAA March Madness, SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS, and the 100th Grey Cup, as well as promote the upcoming original CTV documentary DARKNESS AND HOPE: DEPRESSION, SPORTS AND ME (Feb. 8) in support of next Wednesday’s Bell Let’s Talk Day.

About Believe

In the six-month rollout of this year’s campaign, a total of 29 different image spots of various lengths have been produced to air on CTV and TSN, and in French on RDS. Academy Award® nominee Ellen Page and legendary Gemini Award-winning actor Gordon Pinsent voice the promos airing on CTV and TSN respectively. The RDS campaign spots are voiced by popular Quebecois actor Pierre Lebeau.

The Vancouver 2010 BELIEVE campaign has been internationally recognized, winning 13 PromaxBDA Awards, including the World Gold for “Live Event Campaign.”

The BELIEVE campaign was created, developed, and produced by the award-winning Bell Media Agency. Rick Lewchuk is Senior Vice-President, Bell Media Agency and Brand Strategy. Sandy Fraser is Senior Director of Olympic Promotion.

Here is a sample of the new CTV promos. Continue after the break for more samples.

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