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Williams to lead Canada's Olympic broadcast squad

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BRIAN Williams, a name synonymous with Canadian broadcasting and the Olympic Games, will return behind the desk in 2010, as he leads Canada's Olympic broadcast media consortium into the Vancouver Games.

Williams was one of 91 names announced Thursday that will make up the consortium coverage. The English-language team includes hosts, reporters, play-by-play announcers, analysts and Olympians, who bring their expertise to the Games' coverage.

For Williams, the Vancouver Games will be his 13th Olympics during his 30-plus year career.

The consortium of rights-holders is led by CTV, Rogers Sportsnet and TSN.

Among the Olympic medallists who will join in the coverage are figure skaters Jamie Sale, David Pelletier and Elizabeth Manley; cross-country skier Beckie Scott; speed skater Catriona Le May Doan and alpine skier Karen Percy-Lowe.

Familiar names from the three networks are among the team members, including TSN personalities Darren Dutchyshen, James Duthie, Chris Cuthbert, Rod Black, Vic Rauter, Gord Miller, Jennifer Hedger and Dave Randorf, who'll be covering his seventh Olympic Games.

On Rogers Sportsnet, Don Taylor, Martine Gaillard, Brad Fay and Evanka Osmak will work as hosts of the network's coverage, with several other on-air talents doing play-by-play, including names such as Gerry Dobson and Jamie Campbell.

CTV chief news anchor Lloyd Robertson will join Williams in coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies.

 

-- Canwest News Service

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2009 C2

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