Rio Olympic 2016

Rio 2016: CBC's Olympic hosts provide round-the-clock coverage

The Rio Olympic Games begin on Friday, Aug. 5. Here are the CBC's plans for programming during the Games, which run until Sunday, Aug. 21.

Digital-first strategy will deliver more coverage than ever before

Ron MacLean will take on morning hosting duties, followed by daytime co-hosts Andi Petrillo and David Amber, and Scott Russell anchoring prime-time coverage.

Canadians will see familiar faces in front of the camera for Olympic Games Morning, Olympic Games Daytime and Olympic Games Prime on CBC's television coverage of the Rio 2016.

CBC's coverage brings Rio to your living room, with a brilliant backdrop in the heart of the Olympic action.

The on-air personalities have already arrived in Rio where they are feverishly preparing to bring you the stories and the atmosphere of the first Olympics in the southern hemisphere.

  The day starts with one of Canada's favourite sports hosts, Ron MacLean. The  Hockey Night in Canada host kicks the morning off from Rio each day at 7 a.m. ET.

Olympic Games Daytime features Andi Petrillo and David Amber, hosting a program that navigates the busiest section of the event schedule from 12 to 6 p.m. ET. 

Scott Russell, a longtime voice of high-performance sport in Canada, hosts Olympic Primetime from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. Russell, a veteran of 11 Olympic Games, also hosts Road to the Olympic Games, along with Petrillo during the regular competition seasons. 

"What other event can bring people together from around the world of every race, gender, faith and orientation to one place at one time to celebrate humanity? Only the Olympic Games can do that," said Russell. "And we at CBC/Radio-Canada just can't wait."

You can read Russell's regular analysis various topics involving the high-performance sport scene on the CBC Sports website.


All of the TV programs will be streamed online through the CBC Olympics website and the CBC Rio 2016 app for Android and iOS.

The CBC's digital-first strategy allows audiences to watch what they want, when they want, wherever they want. Online viewers will have access to 23 individual live feeds and more than 2,000 hours of streaming across web and mobile platforms. On the web and app, you'll also find:

  • Real-time results
  • Video highlights and full event replays
  • Interactive medal standings
  • Fully accessible on-demand content
  • The ability to choose from a variety of camera angles

Virtual reality

An immersive, 360-degree virtual reality experience will allow fans to see Olympic events from inside the stadium and even on the field of play through VR headsets, and iOS and Android devices. 

Social Media

During the games visit, and CBC's social media accounts for the latest Canadian Olympic news and information. 

Twitter: @cbcolympics | @RC_Sports

Facebook: |

Instagram: @cbcolympics | @rc_sports

Snapchat: CBCSports

Both CBC and Radio-Canada will have sets in the International Broadcast Centre as well as rooftop locations in Rio.

French-language viewers will receive coverage from a robust team of their own, which includes Olympic diver Alexandre Despatie along with Alexis de Lancer and Marie-José Turcotte


CBC Radio will also have results, coverage, context and more every day throughout Rio 2016 with hosts Scott Regehr, Jill Dempsey and Andie Bennett on Olympic Games Report.

From Aug. 5-21, Rio will host 10,500 athletes from 206 countries in what will be the first Olympic Games held by a South American city.

As Canada's Olympic broadcaster through 2024, CBC will bring the Games to Canadians across digital, TV and radio platforms, offering more content than ever before.

With files from The Canadian Press


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