Jul 24, 2015
The Closing Ceremony, featuring performances by Kanye West, Pitbull, and Serena Ryder, will air live on CBC-TV, online at cbc.ca/panam and on the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Gameswill officially come to an end this Sunday and the thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, and fans who havetaken part over the past 17 days will receive a send-off of epic proportions. The Closing Ceremony, headlined by Kanye West, Pitbull, and Canada’s own Serena Ryder, will air live on CBC-TV, cbc.ca/panam and on the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).
Scott Russell will host CBC’s Closing Ceremony coverage with co-hosts Andi Petrillo and Perdita Felicien, who will be joined by special guests throughout the broadcast. Coverage will include an hour-long pre-show featuring a look back at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games and the best moments from the events. In addition, CBC will examine how this year’s performances position Canadians as they head to Rio next summer, as well as the lasting impact of the Games. Radio-Canada’s French-language broadcast of the Closing Ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Marie-José Turcotte alongside Alexandre Despatie.
Fans in Toronto not attending the Closing Ceremony in person are invited to join CBC for a free live viewing event in the Barbara Frum Atrium at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at 250 Front St. W., just down the street from the Pan Am Dome.
Audiences have flocked to CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Pan Am Games since the start and continue to tune in in droves:
• Through Wednesday, July 22, nearly 20 million Canadians (or 56 per cent of the population) have tuned in to watch at least part of the Pan Am Games coverage on CBC-TV/ICI Radio-Canada Télé or its partners since coverage began on July 10
• A confirmed average audience of 1.975 million Canadians (2+) tuned into English-language coverage of the Opening Ceremony on CBC-TV and CBC News Network on July 10, while another 288,000 viewers (2+) watched the French-language broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé
• CBC-TV’s Pan Am Prime on Wednesday, July 22, which featured Andre de Grasse’s gold medal performance in the men’s 100m final produced the largest average audience to date for a Pan Am broadcast (excluding the Opening Ceremony) with more than 1.1 million viewers (2+)
CBC’s Pan Am Games competition coverage continues this weekend, leading into the Closing Ceremony with nine hours of TV coverage on Saturday and another four hours on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) both days. Live streaming coverage at cbc.ca/panam and via the CBC Sports App will begin at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on Saturday and Sunday.
The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is the world’s third-largest international multi-sport games and Toronto 2015 is the largest multi-sport games ever held on Canadian soil. In keeping with the magnitude of the event, CBC/Radio-Canada will broadcast nearly 750 hours of coverage over the course of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games across TV, online and mobile platforms. This year’s event marks the first time that the Parapan Am Games will be televised in English and French in Canada.
CBC/Radio-Canada is the official broadcaster of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Canada and will continue to provide Canadians with more hours of coverage than before, with unprecedented coverage of the Parapan Am Games through an extensive multi-platform approach. The Parapan Am Games take place August 7-15, 2015 in Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.
*Source: Numeris
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