ICYMI: Journalists, athletes join the Olympic broadcast team

Plus, Barstool Sports launches a Sirius channel, PeopleTV unveils a new Twitter series and more.
Olympics

CBC unveils its Olympic broadcast team

CBC has announced its lineup of commentators, analysts and reporters for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Joining hosts Scott Russell, Andi Petrillo, Alexandre Despatie, Craig McMorris and Kelly VanderBeek are a number of veteran sports broadcasters, as well as athletes.

Broadcast professionals taking part in the commentary are veteran sportscaster Steve Armitage (returning for his sixteenth Olympic broadcast), Don Cherry and Ron MacLean (providing a special edition of Coaches Corner during select men and women’s ice hockey games). Nabil Karin, Kara Wagland and Cory Woron will share hosting duties for TSN, while Brad Fay, Caroline Cameron and Arash Madani will provide coverage for Sportsnet.

Athletes partaking in the coverage are: Cassie Campbell-Pascall (two-time hockey gold medallist), Kurt Browning (four-time national and world figure skating champion), Jennifer Heil (two-time freestyle moguls medallist), Perdita Felicien (former Olympic hurdler) and Kerrin Lee (alpine skiing gold medallist).

One former athlete lending his services has more than his share of on-camera experience; The Amazing Race Canada host Jon Montgomery (also a skeleton bobsled gold medallist) will provide insights on the ground.

Barstool Sports launches Sirius channel

Digital media company Barstool Sports will launch a new 24/7 channel on SiriusXM. Barstool Radio goes live Jan. 27. Original programming will include call-in shows and commentary hosted by sports personalities Dave Portnoy, Kevin “KFC” Clancy, Pat McAffee, Dan Katz and others. On top of original programming, it will include select content from Barstool’s podcast lineup, including Pardon My Take, Laces Out and KFC Radio.

PeopleTV launches new nightly Twitter series

Time Inc.-owned PeopleTV will launch a new nightly series, The Chatter, exclusive to Twitter. The half-hour series, available globally, will premiere April 16. It will deliver trending topics, news stories, celebrity moments and more. This is the first live prime-time series for PeopleTV, although Twitter has been streaming select PeopleTV programming on its platform including People Now. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Ontario Science Centre partners with The Nature of Things

Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre will offer two exclusive documentary preview screenings of CBC’s The Nature of Things to promote science literacy. On Jan. 20, Mommy Wildest will follow three matriarchal societies in the animal kingdom, revealing how sharing and co-operative motherhood strategies help them survive. This screening will be moderated by Workin’ Moms star Dani Kind. On March 31, Myth or Science: The Power of Poo will take a closer look at what kind of potential fecal matter has to revolutionize health and the world. This screening will be posted by scientist Jennifer Gardy.