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CBC PREPARES CANADIANS FOR TOKYO 2020 WITH NEW OLYMPIC-THEMED
CONTENT AVAILABLE ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

Three new digital series THE EXTRA HOUR, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING and THE WHIPAROUND
keep audiences up-to-date with major storylines from Tokyo

Gymnastics documentary about Team Canada, UP IN THE AIR premieres July 22 on CBC TV
CBC Kids continues its award-winning coverage on cbckids.ca/tokyo2020


July 21, 2021 – With only two days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, CBC is providing
Canadians with everything they need to get ready to cheer on their favourite athletes. Leading up to
and throughout the 16-day competition, exciting new content will be released daily across CBC’s
multiple platforms, including TV, web, mobile apps and social media, offering audiences more ways
to engage with the Olympic Games than ever before. CBC’s live primetime coverage of preliminary
competitions continues tonight at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) as Canada’s Women’s Softball team goes to
bat against Team USA.

CBC TV
CBC continues to get into the Olympic Games spirit with the premiere of UP IN THE AIR debuting
tomorrow, Thursday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT). Produced by CBC Sports’ Brenda Irving, this
hour-long documentary follows members of Canada’s Women’s Gymnastics team on their journey to
compete in Tokyo, providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at the struggles and triumphs of
Canadian gymnasts. Featuring: Ellie Black, Brooklyn Moors, Shallon Olsen, Ana Padurariu, Ava
Stewart, Rose Woo and Victoria Woo.

New Digital Series

CBC Olympics is keeping audiences up-to-date on the latest news from Tokyo with three brand new
digital series available on all of its social and digital platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram, cbc.ca/tokyo2020, CBC Gem and the CBC Olympics app for iOS and Android devices. In
addition to the news shows, CBC Sports’ popular weekly series THE BREAKDOWN, NORTH COURTS
and BRING IT IN WITH MORGAN CAMPBELL will continue to air throughout the Games.

Streaming live daily at 6 p.m. ET, THE EXTRA HOUR makes up the “extra hour” of CBC Olympics’
round the clock coverage, bringing the total from 23 to 24 hours a day. This variety-style show
features athlete interviews, analysis and more as host Brendan Dunlop looks back on the day that
was, and previews what’s to come. For those who prefer to get some shut eye, WHILE YOU WERE
SLEEPING is the perfect way to wake up and start the day without missing out on any of the major
storylines from Tokyo. From medal moments to exciting events, host Jacqueline Doorey recaps
everything of importance to Canadians that happened while they were sleeping. Giving fans a look
into the biggest stories on the ground each day, THE WHIPAROUND hosted by Vivek Jacob, checks in
with CBC’s analysts, commentators and hosts from around the world offering bite-sized analysis of
the largest events, whipping around from CBC headquarters in Toronto, to reporters at the pool, at
the track, and wherever the story takes them.


CBC Kids


CBC Kids award-winning Olympic Games website is back at cbckids.ca/tokyo2020, with videos, activities,
quizzes, blog posts and fun facts about each sport and the host country Japan. Kids can look forward to
playing five brand new Olympics-themed games including surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding,
tennis and athletics, and watching the GARY LEARNS video series, where Studio K’s Gary the Unicorn
talks to athletes to better understand their sports. Additionally, the popular digital series ACCORDING TO
KIDS returns with all-new episodes providing a hilarious look at what real kids think the Olympic Games
is all about. Plus, CBC Kids News is launching the new series KN EXPLAINS, where Arjun Ram and Abigail
Dove break down an Olympic topic, event or moment that everyone is talking about.


@CBCOlympics Social Media Feeds


@CBCOlympics will capture all of the moments and excitement from the Olympic Games with added
insight from analysts and the athletes themselves though Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. New for
Tokyo 2020, the CBC Sports TikTok account takes Canadians behind-the-scenes as CBC’s social producers
create content from Toronto and Tokyo.


The CBC Olympics app


The CBC Olympics app ensures that Canadians don’t have to miss a minute of the action from Tokyo
2020, with the ability to watch whatever they want from wherever they are. Available for iOS and
Android devices, the CBC Olympics app will feature more than 2500 hours of live sport, up-to-the-minute
results and personalized alerts – everything fans need to follow the stories of the Olympic Games on
their smartphones or tablets. The CBC Olympics app is available now, and replaces the CBC Sports app.
Dedicated sports fans can still connect with the mobile version of cbcsports.ca for all their non-Olympic
Games needs.
Social Media:

CBCOlympics

UpWithCBC

Twitter: @CBCOlympics
Instagram: @CBCOlympics
Facebook: /CBCOlympics
YouTube: youtube.com/cbcolympics

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About CBC/Radio-Canada


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and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source,
we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively
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communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous
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official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet
the needs of Canadians in a digital world.


For more information, contact:
Joanna Landsberg, CBC PR
joanna.landsberg@cbc.ca
647.628.4788