By the numbers: who’s on the ground in Vancouver?

The city of Vancouver is flooded with journalists during the Games. J-Source checked out how many bodies Canadian news outlets have sent to the Games.

The 2010 Winter Olympics and all the hubbub surrounding the games is likely to be the biggest sports story of the decade, so naturally, the newsies are all over it. Vancouver is flooded with reporters, editors, photographers, producers and broadcasters and many other media folks from across the globe, and we at J-Source were a little curious as to which Canadian English-language news organization has the most bodies on the ground?

Here’s how it all broke down:

CTV Inc. and Rogers Media Inc.
(Canada’s Olympic Broadcasting Media Consortium, which includes CTV, TSN, RDS, RIS Info Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, OMNI, OLN, V, APTN, ATN,,, Corus Quebec and select Rogers radio stations)


CBC News

(At press time J-source had not received a firm number from a CBC representative.)

The Canadian Press 74
Canwest 54
The Canwest News Service team is made up of staffers from most of the company’s major dailies, as well as a handful of staffers working strictly for CNS.
      The Vancouver Sun 22
(including seven staffers that are working for both the Sun and The Province)
      The Province 15
      Times Colonist 1
      Edmonton Journal 1
      Calgary Herald 3
      The StarPhoenix 1
      Leader-Post 1
      The Windsor Star 0
      Ottawa Citizen 1
      The Gazette 0
      National Post 3
      Canwest News Service 6
The Globe and Mail 40
Toronto Star 18
Global National 11
Sun Media
(Which owns eight major paid-circulation dailies—including The Toronto Sun, The Edmonton Sun and The Calgary Sun—as well as the free commuter daily 24 Hours, which publishes six editions across Canada)
The Tyee 4 to 5

Georgia Straight

(Though most of the Straight’s news department is covering Olympics-related stories)



Winnipeg Free Press 2
The Hamilton Spectator 2

And how do the numbers break down globally? Here are some numbers from VANOC:

Press and photographers 2800
Broadcast staff 7000
Broadcast hosts 1000

Doing the math, this means that roughly 1 in 8 staffers sent to Vancouver worldwide to cover the games is from CTV.

The information for this survey was gleaned from sports editors, managers, senior editors and media liaisons at the aforementioned news organizations.