TSN has unveiled its Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games broadcast schedule featuring 150 hours of world-class competition and intense rivalry over 16 days, giving viewers from coast to coast the best the Games has to offer. This programming on TSN, as well as RDS, is part of a partnership with CBC and Radio-Canada that will deliver more than 2,400 hours of event coverage throughout the Games.
TSN's Olympic programming, airing August 9 to 24, features 50 hours in prime time and includes full-event coverage, as viewers will be able to watch games and events from start to finish. All game coverage will be in High Definition and features a variety of sports, including rowing, canoe/kayak, football, boxing, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and beach volleyball.
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Dave Randorf will host TSN's prime time Olympic show, while Gino Reda hosts the early-morning coverage. With the 12-hour time difference in Beijing, all early-morning coverage will be live, while the prime time show will be a mix of live coverage and a recap of key events/games from earlier in the day. Vic Rauter and Russ Anber will be on site in Beijing to provide commentary and analysis for boxing.
SportsCentre will provide daily highlights, news, updates and stories from the Games, while TSN.ca offers up-to-the-minute news, results and medal standings, athlete features, interactive polls, schedules, a photo gallery, and a daily synopsis of Canadian athletes' performances/results. Fans will also be able to access on TSN.ca a list of Canadian athletes by sport and Canada's Olympic history (i.e. medals by sport, medals by Games, record holders, flag bearers, etc.). In addition, TSN.ca will send a TSN Morning Email blast to all Olympic news subscribers and SMS alerts every time a Canadian wins a medal.
Returning for a sixth tour of Olympic duty, Randorf was the prime time host of TSN's acclaimed coverage of the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, 2004 Summer Games in Athens, and 2006 Winter Games in Turin. At the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Randorf handled the play-by-play for men's and women's hockey. Randorf has covered numerous sports since joining TSN in 1985, and is the current host of the CFL on TSN and play-by-play announcer for international hockey.
Beijing marks Reda's third Olympic Games for TSN. He previously hosted TSN's overnight coverage of the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul and 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Reda is the current host of TSN's popular daily hockey show, Molson That's Hockey. He joined the program in 2001 after spending 14 years as an anchor on SportsCentre.
Rauter is no stranger to Olympic competition, having first worked on the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Since joining TSN in 1985, Rauter has covered the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Beijing marks his sixth Olympic Games for TSN.
Russ Anber is the undisputed authoritative voice of boxing in Canada and is the current star of TSN's weekly 30-minute boxing show In This Corner with Russ Anber. Throughout his impressive career, Anber, who has worked with TSN since 1996, has covered every major boxing event, including five Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and World Championship Boxing. Anber is also a veteran boxing trainer who has trained four Olympians.