Vancouver 2010: Multilingual Broadcast Team Announced for Olympics

Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium has unveiled its 63-member multilingual broadcast team that will deliver the Games in a total of 22 languages.  Consortium broadcast partners OMNI Television, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and Asian Television Network (ATN) will air a combined total of 421 hours of multilingual coverage throughout the 17 days of the Games.

“We have recruited and trained a dynamic group of broadcasters who will deliver the Games in their native languages,” says Keith Pelley, President, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. “Hosting the Games on home soil gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate the country’s diversity and share in the magic of the Games like never before.”

Training for first-time broadcasters included workshops with broadcast veterans, in-studio prep work, and online instruction through a portal and website specially created by the Consortium.

In addition to live event coverage, the multilingual broadcast team will deliver the Opening and Closing Ceremonies in a record 13 languages.  Olympic Games highlights will air in news broadcasts on OMNI Television, APTN and ATN in multiple languages while OMNI News and APTN National News will be on location in Vancouver to provide stories geared specifically toward their respective audiences.

The Consortium’s coverage of the Games will be delivered in the following 22 languages: Bangla, Cantonese, Cree, Dene, English, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Inuktitut, Italian, Mandarin, Mechif, Mi’Kmaq, Mohawk, Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tamil, Ukrainian and Urdu.