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TORONTO (June 23, 2014) – Canada’s Sports Leader today announced two-time Canadian Screen Award winner Rod Smith as the new host of its popular CFL ON TSN panel. Smith, known for his trademark powerful voice and smooth delivery, is one the country’s most-trusted broadcasters.
Rod Smith is the new host of the CFL ON TSN panel
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“Rod is a football guy through-and-through. He brings both a wealth of CFL knowledge and a compelling new presence to the panel,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “Rod is the ideal host of this all-star CFL ON TSN cast.”
“I’ve loved the CFL since I was a kid. Watching the CFL growing up is why I started playing football and got into this business,” said Smith. “Back when I hosted the panel in ’97, we had a blast on set. Jumping back in as host almost 20 years later, the production is at an entirely different level. The panel is so polished and professional, and I’m really humbled to be a part of what the guys have created.”
“Rod is like a seasoned all-pro quarterback that stands in front of the huddle and commands respect,” said Matt Dunigan. “He had instantaneous chemistry with the panel and will be an exceptional host. It’s a great day for CFL fans.”
A former offensive lineman for the Queen's University Golden Gaels, Smith anchored TSN's studio coverage of CFL in 1997 and has also served as a play-by-play commentator for CFL ON TSN.
Smith, who joined TSN in 1987, will resume hosting the 6 p.m. ET edition of SPORTSCENTRE after the CFL season wraps up.
Earlier this year Smith earned his second Canadian Screen Award, winning Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series for his work on SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s #1 sports news show. Following his outstanding play-by-play commentary during the London 2012 Olympic Games, Smith was honoured with the first-ever Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer, as well as the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award from Sports Media Canada.
CFL ON TSN
TSN kicks off the 2014 CFL season this Thursday (June 26) at 8:30 p.m. ET with special coverage of the opening game featuring Toronto @ Winnipeg. CFL ON TSN primes fans for the 2014 season with a series of special season preview broadcasts on Wednesday (June 25) highlighted by the CFL SEASON PREVIEW SHOW at 8:30 p.m. ET.
CFL ON TSN’s game coverage is anchored by the network’s Gemini Award-winning broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Glen Suitor. Also in the booth are veteran play-by-play announcers Rod Black and Gord Miller alongside game analysts Duane Forde and Matt Dunigan.
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across industry-leading platforms including TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio. Official broadcaster of the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, TSN’s slate of live sports coverage includes NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Canadian Tire Series, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
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