With the countdown on to the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, CBC/Radio-Canada has unveiled highlights of its upcoming round-the-clock coverage and the broadcast team who’ll deliver it.
Featuring a record 33 sports and 339 medal events across 42 competition venues, Tokyo 2020 officially begins on Friday, July 23 at 7 a.m. ET (4 a.m. PT) with the Opening Ceremony hosted by CBC Sports veteran Scott Russell and The National’s Adrienne Arsenault.
CBC will broadcast 23 hours of daily live coverage throughout the games. Programming highlights include:
OLYMPIC GAMES PRIMETIME hosted by Scott Russell
7 p.m. – 12 midnight ET (4 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)
Having covered 14 Olympic Games for CBC, five as host, veteran broadcaster Scott Russell brings that experience and knowledge to the Olympic Games Primetime block. The nightly staple will focus on medal moments across key sports, including swimming, athletics, marathons, rowing, canoe/kayak, golf and team sport round robin play.
OLYMPIC GAMES OVERNIGHT hosted by Alexandre Despatie and Heather Hiscox
12 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET (9 p.m. – 3 a.m. PT)
CBC News Network anchor Heather Hiscox makes her debut as Olympic Games co-host, after contributing to the past eight Olympics on CBC as a reporter and host. She’ll host alongside Canada’s most decorated male diver, two-time Olympic Games silver medallist and three-time World Champion Alexandre Despatie who returns for his fourth appearance as Olympic Games co-host on CBC. The late night show will focus on diving, tennis, gymnastics, trampoline, cycling, soccer and team sport round robin play.
OLYMPIC GAMES MORNING hosted by Andi Petrillo
6 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET (3 – 9 a.m. PT)
Returning for her fourth Olympic Games on CBC as host, Andi Petrillo brings knowledge of both the athletes and the game to whatever sport she’s covering. Petrillo will provide audiences with overnight updates, medal talk and athlete interviews, focusing on team sports gold medals, including volleyball, basketball and baseball, athletics finals and swim heats.
TOKYO TODAY hosted by Perdita Felicien and Andrew Chang
12 – 6 p.m. ET (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT)
New to CBC’s host desk is two-time Olympian and World Champion hurdler Perdita Felicien who teams up with The National’s Andrew Chang for Tokyo Today. The daily program will provide audiences with the major storylines of the day, athlete profiles and previews of upcoming events. Felicien is no stranger to the Olympic Games stage having competed in Sydney and Athens, and covering the past three Games as part of the CBC Olympics broadcast team. Meanwhile, Chang returns to the studio desk for his third Olympic Games as co-host.
In addition to the TV broadcasts, audiences will be able to stay connected via CBC’s dedicated Olympic Games website and app as well as CBC Gem, which will livestream broadcasts, including the opening and closing ceremonies and non-TV events, accounting for more than 2,500 hours of live coverage. CBC Kids will also provide coverage online leading up to and throughout the 16-day competition.
The Tokyo Games include the introduction of five new sports, including Skateboarding, Surfing, Sport Climbing, Karate, Baseball and Softball. CBC has yet to name full broadcast teams for most of those sports, but has recruited Chris de Sousa Costa, a member of the Canadian National Karate Team from 2004-15, as an analyst for karate. Kimanda Jarzebiak, Chair of the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, BC, will serve as an analyst for Sport Climbing, while Alison Bradley, a two-time Olympian and member of the Canadian Women’s National Softball Team from 2001-08, will be an analyst for Softball, alongside Lance Winn.
COMMENTATORS & ANALYSTS
Commentator: Doug Dirks
Commentator: Karin Larsen
Analyst: Josh Hagen
Analyst: Chris de Sousa Costa
Analyst: Lisa Bentley
Analyst: Lisa Bentley
Commentator: Lance Winn
Analyst: Alison Bradley
Analyst: Kimanda Jarzebiak
Analyst: Byron MacDonald
Analyst: Barrie Shepley
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