With the countdown on to the rescheduled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer, CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s Olympic network, today announced highlights of its upcoming coverage. The Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 will take place from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8, 2021 and will feature a record 33 sports and 339 medal events across 42 competition venues. Team Canada will be among the approximately 11,000 athletes representing 206 countries taking part in these Games.
“This summer, the eyes of the world will be on Tokyo and as Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic network, CBC/Radio-Canada is thrilled to bring these Games to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We look forward to bringing Canadians together to cheer our athletes and share in what we know will be unforgettable moments in sports history.”
—Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada
“CBC/Radio-Canada is proud to be Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic network. Tokyo 2020 will mark our 22nd Olympic Games as Canada’s official broadcaster. Together with our broadcast partners, TSN, RDS and Sportsnet, Canadians will be able to follow their favourite athletes and sports through more than 2065 hours of television coverage, as well as live streaming across all of our digital platforms.”
—François Messier, CBC/Radio-Canada’s Chef de Mission, Tokyo 2020
CBC’s comprehensive coverage of Tokyo 2020 will feature live broadcasts from every venue and include every Canadian medal-winning moment, totalling more than 3775 hours of live content across the public boadcaster’s multiple platforms. In addition, broadcast partners TSN and Sportsnet will once again provide live event coverage, giving audiences multiple options as to what to watch on TV each day. Tokyo 2020 officially begins on Friday, July 23 at 7 am ET (4 a.m. PT) with the much-anticipated Opening Ceremony hosted by CBC Sports veteran Scott Russell and THE NATIONAL’s Adrienne Arsenault. Both the opening and closing ceremonies will be presented in an accessible manner with closed captioning, described video and ASL integrations.
In addition to the TV broadcasts, audiences will be able to stay connected and informed via CBC’s Olympic Games website and app as well as CBC Gem, which will feature live-streaming of the broadcasts, including opening and closing ceremonies, as well as non-TV events, accounting for more than 2,500 hours of live coverage. The dedicated site, cbc.ca/tokyo2020, will house full event schedules, results, athlete bios and features, daily updates and more. Plus, exclusive coverage will be provided by CBC Sports, including in-depth reports, highlights, digital series and on-demand replays of all the most exciting moments and events.
Broadcasting live from CBC’s headquarters in downtown Toronto for 23 hours of daily coverage throughout the Games, the network’s remarkable host lineup for Tokyo 2020 is composed of trusted personalities known to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. With more than 40 Olympic Games combined as either broadcasters or competitors, this award-winning team is set to provide the world-class storytelling and event coverage that audiences value and have come to expect from a CBC Olympic Games broadcast. For a more comprehensive list of commentators and analysts, click here. Below is a breakdown of daily programming.
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 his vast experience, passion 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.
12 a.m. – 6 a.m. ET (9 p.m. – 3 a.m. PT)
Beloved CBC News Network anchor Heather Hiscox makes her debut as Olympic Games co-host, after contributing to the past eight Games on CBC as a reporter and host for the CBC News team. She’ll be keeping audiences up all night with her energetic personality and unique perspective, 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 tremendous knowledge of both the athletes and the game to whatever sport she’s covering. Known for her quick wit and knack for storytelling, Petrillo will provide audiences with “in case you missed it” overnight updates, medal talk and athlete interviews, focusing on team sports gold medals, including volleyball, basketball and baseball, athletics finals and swim heats.
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. This 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.
For audiences of all ages, CBC Kids will continue with their award-winning coverage on cbckids.ca/olympics. Kids and families are encouraged to visit the site in the months leading up to Tokyo 2020 and throughout the 16-day competition to get caught up on all the top storylines, play fun games, watch informative videos and learn more about their favourite athletes, sports, and the people and country of Japan.
CBC News will also keep Canadians informed of breaking stories with a team of reporters on the ground in Tokyo, around the world and across the country on THE NATIONAL, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, cbcnews.ca and on local CBC TV newscasts.
More details about CBC’s extensive Tokyo 2020 plans, including CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the subsequent Paralympic Games, will continue to roll out in the coming weeks.