OMNI Television To Air First Mandarin Broadcast of an MLB Game in Canada with Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox, June 27 at 7 p.m. ET
– Blue Jays starting pitcher and Taiwan-native Chien-Ming Wang takes the mound against the Red Sox –
– Veteran OMNI News anchor Wei Lee to call play-by-play with former Taiwanese baseball player Robert Wu as analyst –
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TORONTO (June 25, 2013) Building on the tremendous recent excitement surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays, OMNI Television steps up to the plate with an exclusive Mandarin-language broadcast of the Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. ET on OMNI.2. Taiwan-native Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled as the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays.
This telecast marks the first time an MLB game has aired in Mandarin in Canada.
Coming off a string of wins that has landed the team above .500, Wang takes on the Red Sox in another highly anticipated start since he joined the roster in June. Wang pitched three games during the team’s recent 11-game winning streak.
To anchor the special coverage, OMNI Television’s Wei Lee will call the play-by-play with former Taiwanese baseball player Robert Wu as analyst.
“The city has Blue Jays fever, and the reaction from the Taiwanese and Chinese communities toward Chien-Ming Wang’s stellar game play has been extraordinary to watch,” said Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President, OMNI Television. “The rising interest in Blue Jays baseball demonstrates the growth of the brand among ethnocultural groups across Canada.”
For English audiences, all 162 Blue Jays regular season games – including Thursday’s Blue Jays @ Red Sox – air on Sportsnet or Sportsnet ONE, plus Sportsnet 590 The FAN and RogersAnyplaceTV.
OMNI Television is Canada’s premier broadcaster for multilingual sports coverage, including an NBA game last year between the Toronto Raptors and Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks, the London 2012 Olympic Games, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, 1998 World Cup France, 1994 World Cup USA, and a Cantonese-language broadcast of a Toronto Blue Jays game in 2005.
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OMNI™ is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to positive portrayal and broadcast reflection of Canada’s diversity through the airing of inclusive and accessible programming. With five television stations -- in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) – OMNI is available to 16.5 million households in major market areas. As well as specializing in Canadian multilingual/ multicultural programming, OMNI carries well-known International series and films – including East Asian Super Cinema and South Asian Bollywood Freetime Movies. OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information visit www.OMNItv.ca
Jessica Beard, OMNI Television, Jessica.Beard@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3095
Charmaine Khan, OMNI Television, Charmaine.Khan@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3071