CTV To Broadcast the Concert for Diana - July 1, 2007

CTV Named Exclusive Canadian Broadcaster of The Concert for Diana, July 1
(April 3, 2007)

— Day long concert celebrates the late princess’ 46th birthday on Canada Day —

Toronto, ON (April 3, 2007) – CTV announced today it will join an international list of broadcasters from around the planet – including NBC, BBC and RTL – telecasting a concert celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of Concert for Diana, CTV will connect Canadians with an expected worldwide audience of half a billion households when it broadcasts the day-long concert live from London’s Wembley Stadium on Canada Day, Sunday, July 1. The date would have been the late princess’ 46th birthday and comes as plans continue to unfold for events marking the Princess of Wales’ death 10 years ago on August 31, 1997.

Organized by Prince William and Prince Harry, Concert for Diana features a mix of their mother’s and their own favourite artists, including Elton John, Joss Stone, Pharrell Williams, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran and The English National Ballet. Additional acts will be announced later this month.

“We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted,” said Prince William when plans for the concert were announced last November. “It’s got to be the best birthday present she ever had.”

“It’s fitting that this very special and personal celebration of the life and work of the Princess of Wales will air on Canada Day on CTV,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “The Princess not only shared a birthday with Canadians but also an affinity for making this world a better place in which to live.”

Concert for Diana comes two years after CTV presented Live 8 on CTV in July, 2005, one of the network’s most ambitious broadcast initiatives ever and an unprecedented international event that also connected Canadians from coast to coast with viewers from around the world. A stunning 10.5 million viewers – or roughly one in three Canadians and 45 per cent of all Canadian households – watched some or all of the broadcast.

Concert for Diana will also be telecast by dozens of broadcasters around the world, including NBC and VH1 in the United States, BBC1 in the United Kingdom, RTL 2 in Germany, and Nine Network in Australia.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at ctv.ca.

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  • Ann Alexandrya

    I still miss Diana. I wasn’t an avid follower of Diana’s movements, but even so it was hard to miss news of her whereabouts and of her humanitarian activities.

    She came to mean light and goodness and hope to me. I could pass any newsstand in London and see her smiling face somewhere on some newspaper or magazine cover. Amidst all the war, corruption, political wrangling, corporate greed, and natural disasters, there was the light of Diana shining through all that dross, death and chaos.

    Her image reminded me that there was something good in this world, and I silently thanked her for renewing my hope and lifting my heart every day of my life.

    No one has replaced her, and world news is blacker than ever.

    And this is why I miss her.

    I thank princes Will and Harry for reviving their mother’s memory and continuing her good work, and also for reminding us of how much the world lost when she died.

  • Judy

    Princess Diana is remembered warmly by me as a humanitarian and wonderfully warm human being who seemed to put her sons first. You could see the happiness in her face when she was with them. She had so much love to give…..she also shared the same birthday.

  • Ed and Diane Cooper

    We continue to pray for the William and Harry as they are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Princess Diana homegoings. We are watching the show of TV today. We really miss Diana smiling face and her very many acts of kindness and love that she conveyed to many people. Through her acts of kindness,her good work, displayed to many people of different needs, she has taught me not to judge people within their circumstances, but to love people for who they are and where they are at in their lives. Our prayers are with you William and Harry, We loved you. Ed and Diane from Saskatchewan, Canada.