CBC's on target for Turin show

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

The axe might be ready to swing at CBC Sports.

But it won't touch the public broadcaster's Turin Olympics coverage. That's the word from Terry Ludwick, who'll oversee the CBC's efforts in Italy a year from now.

"Our production plan (for Turin) was in place before Athens (2004)," said Ludwick, CBC's Olympics executive producer. "After Athens, we did some adjusting where we thought we needed to. But there has been no (budget) slashing whatsoever."

And there's little time for moping after the rights to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and 2012 Summer Olympics were awarded to a Bell Globemedia/Rogers consortium -- a devastating setback for the CBC, and one which spawned dire talk of cutbacks in amateur sports coverage.

"Everybody was disappointed with the announcement on Monday," said Ludwick. "But nobody is sulking here. We still have two more Games to do ... we want to use this as an opportunity to grow. We want to make sure the viewers get the best possible service. We also have sponsors who expect a good product and we're going to deliver it to them.

"It's our duty to give them the best possible product."

The plan now is for a minimum 260 hours of coverage on CBC and another 150 on TSN. On CBC, it'll be similar to the Athens production in terms of hosting duties. Brian Williams will work prime time, Ron MacLean afternoons and Terry Leibel mornings.

In other words, it's business as usual.

CELEBRATING THE GAME: We're eight days away from Canada's Game: Hockey Lives Here, a six-hour puck celebration on TSN airing Feb. 19. And viewers have a couple of ways to be a part of it. TSN is accepting 30-second home video submissions until Wednesday, and will choose 12 to air during the broadcast. You'll find all the details at www.tsn.ca/hockeylives here. While you're there, have your say on the best all-time team from each province. Just click on the poll link and go.

WIDE VIEW: Rogers Sportsnet's coverage of tonight's visit by Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic to the Robert Guertin Centre is being made available in high-definition format. Start time for the Oceanic-Olympiques game is 7 p.m.

AROUND THE DIAL: Ottawa clones, rejoice. TSN is indeed adding ESPN's Jim Rome is Burning to its schedule when the hard-hitting talk show goes daily on Monday. It'll air weekdays at 5 p.m. ... Worst-kept secret in the business -- Sportsnet is eyeing former CJOHer Jamie Campbell as its play-by-play voice on Blue Jays broadcasts ... The 'Net's Rob Faulds has hurried hard over to Rogers Television for its Kia Cup Ontario men's curling coverage, which runs through Sunday's final ... The Score's Tony Ambrogio has an intriguing five-part look at minor hockey all next week on To The Point (6 p.m.).


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