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CBC, CBCSPORTS.CA AND bold PRESENT EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 98th ANNUAL CALGARY STAMPEDE

Championship chuckwagons and world-class rodeo riders are Calgary bound! From July 9 - 18, CBC, CBCSports.ca and CBC's digital channel bold will present daily coverage of the legendary Calgary Stampede. boldand CBCSports.ca will present live coverage of the rodeo and chuckwagon action each day while CBC will feature weeknight rodeo wrap-up broadcasts on July 9 and 12 - 16 as well as two prime-time chuckwagon specials on July 10 and 17. The final championship events can be seen on CBC July 18 including Showdown Sunday - rodeo's richest afternoon with $1 million dollars up for grabs - theCalgary Stampede Championship and the Rangeland Derby Final (please see complete broadcast schedule attached).

Doug Dirks hosts CBC's broadcasts alongside Jim Van Horne who will provide rodeo play-by-play. Former PRCA champion bull rider Cody Snyder will serve as rodeo analyst while four-time Calgary Stampede champion Tom Glass will provide analysis for the Chuckwagon event. National Cowboy Hall of Fame announcer Bob Tallman joins the telecast for special features and CBC's Kristina Barnes will report from the infield throughout the week. CBC's Scott Oake will host Final Showdown Sunday.

Live coverage begins on Friday, July 9 at 9:30 a.m. MT on CBC for viewers in Southern Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge with The Calgary Stampede Parade, on bold, and streamed live on CBCSports.ca, with a special encore presentation for viewers across the country on Saturday, July 10 at 8 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. ET on CBC.

Plus, this year The Calgary Stampede and bold are giving viewers a chance to win a trip to the 2011 Calgary Stampede, including tickets and a behind-the-scenes tour, with the City Slickers contest.  Canadians can visitcalgarystampede.com/boldtv to enter.

Fans in Calgary can take part in all of the festivities along with CBC Calgary! Calgary Stampede activities launch with the CBC Calgary/ATCO Blue Flame Stampede Breakfast, July 8 from 7 - 9 am MT. CBC Radio One's The Calgary Eyeopener with Jim Brown will broadcast live on location from the Breakfast. CBC News Calgary weather specialist Danielle Savoni will bring viewers their Stampede forecast from the Stampede grounds weekdays on CBC News Calgary between 5, 5:30 & 6 pm MT.  And, Calgary Stampede attendees should be on the lookout for "Quick Draw" Drew Scherban on the grounds throughout the week.  Scherban will be tweeting and Facebooking clues to his whereabouts, and giving away some great CBC prizes along the way.

bold is available on the following channels; Bell TV 641; Rogers 277; Shaw 96; Shaw Direct 512/156;  Cogeco 166; EastLink 150;  MTS 303; SaskTel 65 and TELUS 178. bold HD is available on Rogers 548, Cogeco 759 and EastLink 637.  For more information on how to subscribe to bold, viewers can call their local television service provider or visit boldtv.ca. 

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