CBC is providing coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
CBC is carrying more than 2,400 hours of live coverage across the public’s broadcaster’s multiple platforms.
They are broadcasting live for 23 hours of daily coverage throughout the entire Games.
“It drastically affects what we’re doing on CBC and it’s also not just the broadcast,” said Scott Russell, Host for the Olympic Winter Games Primetime. “It’s the games. Coverage occurs on so many platforms, digitally, the on-demand channel, CBC Gem, so it really has a huge impact and takes over the broadcast day.”
Executive Producer of Digital for CBC Olympics & CBC Sports, Ryan Johnston says, “This one has been different because not only are we in a pandemic, but also the pandemic led the Olympics to happen twice within a calendar year.”
“It’s been a challenge, especially around not only the logistics of getting a team assembled in a pandemic that can do a lot of work from home but also getting a team assembled that can go safely to China and cover these games and make sure that we’re adhering to all the protocol around safety and movement within China as well,” said Johnston.
“It’s a 24-hour operation for every day of the Olympics,” said Johnston. “Everyone works every day, there’s no days off in between.”
The Olympics will be presented through five different programs.
Here is a list of CBC’s daily programming for the Beijing games:
Olympic Winter Games Primetime hosted by Scott Russell, (7 p.m.-12 midnight)
Olympic Winter Games Overnight (12-6 am)
Olympic Winter Games hosted in the morning by Andi Petrillo (6 a.m-12 p.m.)
Samsung Hockey Show co-hosted by Harnarayan Singh, PJ Stock, and Hailey Salvian (12 p.m.-1 p.m.)