Canada's CBC sets Olympic plan

Pubcaster to offer 1,500 hours of live coverage on its Web site

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TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will provide more than 2,400 hours of multiplatform coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Canada's public broadcaster said Tuesday that it will air 282 hours of main network Olympics coverage, 145 hours on cable news channel CBC Newsworld and 250 hours on the CBC digital channel Bold.

In addition, CBCSports.ca, the pubcaster's sports Web site, will provide 1,500 hours of live coverage via nine uninterrupted streams.

To mitigate the 12-hour time difference in Beijing, the CBC will air a daily 6 a.m.-noon morning show, and separate primetime shows targeting the eastern and western Canadian markets.

The Sports Network, the Canadian cable channel owned and operated by rival CTVglobemedia, also will air 150 hours of live event coverage from Beijing as part of an agreement with the CBC.

The 2008 Olympics will be the CBC's last Olympic Games for the foreseeable future as CTVglobemedia acquired the Canadian TV rights to the 2010 and 2012 games.
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