Bell Media

Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians.

Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada’s #1 television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada’s #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada’s #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the Sympatico.ca portal, and Dome Productions.

Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

Conventional television

In 1971, Baton Broadcasting Incorporated was formed and over the next 26 years, the company acquired numerous television stations and assets that would form the CTV television network. In 2007, CTV Inc. acquired six A-Channel stations through the purchase of CHUM Limited. In 2011, /A\ network was rebranded as CTV Two.  

CTV has been the most-watched and #1 television network in Canada for the past eleven years in a row. Additionally, CTV’s television stations now broadcast the top-ranked local newscasts in 10 of the 12 major Canadian markets and reach more than 25 million viewers each week.

Building on a strong past and continuously forging ahead with cutting-edge programming, CTV is the television destination for Canadian viewers. As a Canadian broadcaster, CTV recognizes the importance of nurturing homegrown creative talent, and has had enormous success developing the country’s most-watched original Canadian productions.  

CTV aims to create appointment television for viewers across the country with homegrown hits (such as Flashpoint, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Hiccups, and Dan for Mayor) and hit programming acquired from around the world (such as Grey's Anatomy, The Amazing Race, The Mentalist, and American Idol). CTV is also the home of Canada’s most-watched live television events, including the Super Bowl, Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Juno Awards.

In February and March 2010, CTV, as leading partners in Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, galvanized our country with its unparalleled coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The most ambitious media initiative in Canadian history, the unprecedented multiplatform, multilingual coverage achieved ratings records, delivering the most-watched programming in the history of Canadian television. Ninety-nine per cent of Canadians experienced the Olympic Games through the Consortium’s television, online, print, mobile and radio platforms.

Specialty television

With the acquisition of NetStar Communications Inc. in 1999 and the purchase of CHUM in 2007, Bell Media has assembled a comprehensive and diverse group of specialty channels. Properties include:

  • Canada’s #1 specialty channel, TSN, as well as sister channels RDS, TSN2, RDS2 and RDS Info
  • Factual channels Discovery, Discovery World HD, Discovery Science, Investigation Discovery and Animal Planet
  • Music and genre brands MTV, MuchMusic, bravo, The Comedy Network, Comedy Gold, E!, SPACE and FashionTelevisionChannel 
  • News properties CTV News Channel, CP24 and BNN (Business News Network) 

From sports, business and news to music, arts and entertainment, Bell Media’s specialty channels offer a variety of homegrown and mainstream programming for all audiences.

Bell Media Radio

Bell Media Radio boasts strong community ties with listeners and advertisers throughout Canada. Bell Media Radio is one of Canada’s most successful radio networks, operating 33 stations with a dominant footprint in 14 key broadcast markets. Bell Media Radio reaches well over 12 million listeners every week. Recognizing the diversity of each market it serves, Bell Media Radio has a strong reputation for providing excellent services to these communities and their consumers. Well researched and unparalleled execution allows our stations to have the best in class music brands, comprehensive sports coverage and relevant local and national news exposure that informs and captivates our listeners. As the alarm clock goes off, our listeners wake up to us, spend the entire day at work entertained by our personalities, find time for us in their cars and finally, use us to unwind at the end of a long day.

Bell Media Digital

Canadian consumers have made Bell Media their online network destination of choice for news, sports and entertainment. Over the past nine months, the Bell Media family of websites streamed more than 1.5 billion videos, averaging 150 million video streams each month. The websites welcomed on average 15 million unique visitors each month, serving up 87 million hours of video and a grand total of 6.1 billion page views throughout the nine months. 

Featuring dynamic, interactive content and the best delivery infrastructure in the country, Bell Media Digital’s multimedia platforms include video online, websites, user-generated content sites, mobile content and video on demand. Bell Media Digital is also home to Sympatico.ca sites, one of Canada’s leading general-interest portals, reaching more than 10 million unique visitors every month.

Source: comScore, comScore Media Metrix, comScore Video Metrix (July 2011 – April 2012)