Sochi Olympics Games in Numbers… and other useful information

February 6, 2014, Ottawa

CBC/Radio-Canada is thrilled to once again be the Official Broadcaster of the Olympics for Canada, and this for the 19th time. The Sochi Games will be the most comprehensive Olympic experience Canadians will have ever seen, with coverage across all platforms including TV, radio, tablet, online and mobile.

The Sochi Games will see a greater collaboration between CBC and Radio-Canada as expertise and resources will be pooled, and some employees will perform work for both networks.

The public broadcaster will be on-site to cover the competitions and to highlight athlete performances. Our news teams will take advantage of our presence in Sochi to profile Russia and to inform Canadians about its culture, political issues and other local news. We see this as part of our mandate in covering the Olympics. For instance, CBC will broadcast live from Sochi The National with Peter Mansbridge and Q with Jian Ghomeshi, and Radio-Canada will air RDI Matin with Marc André Masson. For a full listing and more details, please visit the following press release:

Here a few facts on our participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Numbers:

  • We will provide Canadians with more that 1,500 hours of coverage (788 hours for CBC, 736 hours for Radio-Canada), that is more than double the coverage for the Beijing and Torino Games, but with roughly the same number of people.
  • 532 people will be assigned to the broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics
    • 287 people will be on CBC/Radio-Canada’s team in Sochi: 144 for CBC, 106 for Radio-Canada, and 37 working jointly for CBC and Radio-Canada.
    • An additional 245 will work on the Games from Canada.
  • Approximately 100 employees, or one-fifth of the whole team in Sochi, will work at the games as either a host, commentator, analyst or reporter. The remaining employees will form the production team.

On employee safety:

  • Employee safety is a top priority for the public broadcaster and it has taken traveller preparedness very seriously.
  • All employees working on-site have received a travel awareness and safety training course and a tool kit, which includes information (laws, customs, etc.) specific to Sochi and Russia.

On the latest results, programming schedules and other coverage news:

  • CBC/Radio-Canada has designed two (English and French) interactive websites to keep Canadians abreast of the latest developments at the Olympics. They are truly a one-stop shop and have been optimized for tablet and smartphone viewing.
  • You can also download the CBC/Radio-Canada Olympics mobile application for all the latest news. It is available on Android, iOS and Windows 8.

Visit our Corporate Blog often to read stories on the Olympics. Here is a sample of the stories you’ll find there:

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