Bell Media's CTV and TSN deliver world-class figure skating coverage this fall, helmed by the industry's top figure skating broadcast team. Brian Williams hosts the Skate Canada events, bringing his extensive experience covering the Olympic Winter Games and Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships. Rod Black, the voice of figure skating in Canada, returns to the rink to cover all the drama and excitement. Joining Black is analyst Tracy Wilson, a decorated Canadian figure skating champion, as well as rinkside and backstage reporter Sara Orlesky, who covered figure skating events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
As official broadcasters of Skate Canada domestic events, CTV and TSN's broadcast team debuts with coverage of the 2011 Skate Canada International on October 28-30 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON (see TSN and CTV's broadcast schedule below).
Black is one of the most familiar voices to Canadian figure skating fans, having covered the sport for more than 20 years throughout his career, including dramatic moments from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Wilson, who won seven consecutive Canadian titles, three World bronze medals and the bronze medal at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games during her successful figure skating career, has established herself as one of the world's most in-demand skating broadcasters for her insider knowledge and genuine passion for the sport.
"It's great to have skating come home to the CTV and Bell Media family. With its mix of drama, excitement and athleticism, figure skating has always been one of my favourite sports to cover. I can't wait to see what will unfold during Skate Canada's prestigious competitions this season," said Rod Black, CTV and TSN figure skating commentator. "I'm also looking forward to watching Patrick Chan, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, along with the next generation of Canadian figure skaters, as they take to the ice and deliver jaw dropping performances."
CTV and TSN's coverage of the 2011 Skate Canada International begins with the Ladies and Pairs Short Program on Friday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN. The event will feature some of Canada's biggest stars including 2011 World Champion Patrick Chan, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Ice Dance Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, 2011 Canadian Champion Cynthia Phaneuf and 2011 ISU World Junior Champion Andrei Rogozine.
Earlier this year a 10-year rights agreement was announced, making Bell Media's CTV, TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of Skate Canada domestic events beginning with the 2011-12 season. As part of the agreement, CTV, TSN and RDS acquired exclusive multimedia rights to Skate Canada's premier domestic events including Skate Canada International and the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
CTV and TSN's figure skating coverage continues with the 2012 CANADIAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS running Jan. 16-22 in Moncton, NB.
CTV and TSN's 2011 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL schedule is as follows:
· Friday, Oct. 28 – Ladies and Pairs Short Program at 2 p.m. ET on TSN
· Friday, Oct. 28 – Men's Short Program and Ice Dance Short Dance at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
· Saturday, Oct. 29 – Ladies Free Skate at 2 p.m. ET on TSN2
· Saturday, Oct. 29 – Pairs Free Skate at 4 p.m. ET on CTV*
· Saturday, Oct. 29 – Men's Free Skate at 7 p.m. ET on CTV*
· Sunday, Oct. 30 – Ice Dance Free Dance at 4 p.m. ET on TSN
· Saturday, Nov. 5 – Exhibition Gala at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN
· Saturday, Nov. 12 – Exhibition Gala at 2 p.m. ET on CTV*
*Please check local listings.