After attracting criticism for its initial plan to not broadcast the closing ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games live, CTV now says it will air live coverage of the event across Canada.
The official Canadian broadcaster for the 2010 Games announced today (March 16) that its live broadcast of the closing ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday (March 21).
Coverage will air in English on CTV and in French on RDS.
“Canadians have demonstrated incredible passion and support for our Paralympians as they set new standards for performance and inspiration,” Susanne Boyce, president for creative, content, and channels at CTV, said in a press release. “This final celebration brings to a close the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, an unforgettable adventure that has captivated our entire nation.”
Going into the Paralympics, CTV also hadn’t planned on carrying the opening ceremony live.
But, after many viewers expressed outrage, the network ended up making a last-minute decision to broadcast the opening live in B.C.
Last week, a representative of the International Paralympic Committee told the Straight his organization had hoped CTV would air the closing ceremony live.
“As the international governing body for Paralympic sport, you always hope for the broadest, biggest possible coverage,” Alexis Schafer, the marketing and broadcasting senior manager for the IPC, said on March 12. “So, of course, we would hope that CTV would cover the closing ceremony."
The closing ceremony will take place at Whistler Medals Plaza.
A news item on the IPC’s Web site describes the closing ceremony as “an intimate open air event that will include breath-taking entertainment and the parade of Paralympians from around the world as they march into the amphitheatre”.
CTV's closing-ceremony broadcast will be anchored by Brian Williams with three-time Paralympic gold medallist Marni Abbott-Peter.
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