April 2007

Remembering Vimy – Lloyd Robertson To Host Live Network Special, April 9 on CTV

— CTV Delivers Complete Coverage of the Ceremony Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge —

Toronto, ON (April 4, 2007) – As Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Stephen Harper join the tens of thousands of people gathering in France to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, CTV will deliver live and complete coverage of the historic ceremony. The network announced today the details of their Vimy coverage which features Remembering Vimy – a live CTV News special anchored by Lloyd Robertson airing Monday, April 9 beginning at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on CTV, CTV Newsnet and The CTV Broadband Network.

Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, Lloyd Robertson, will lead CTV’s coverage of the ceremony, which includes the dedication of the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial and live addresses from the Queen and the Prime Minister. Hundreds of Canadian school children will also be in France for the ceremony. Veteran CTV journalists Tom Kennedy and David Akin will report live from France and Jane Urquhart, the celebrated author of The Stonecarvers, will join Lloyd Robertson to share her unique insights and expertise on the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

“Vimy is one of those moments in history that defined Canada as a nation, and 90 years later it has not lost any of its significance,” says Robertson. “As Canadians, young and old, pay tribute to Vimy on this momentous anniversary, CTV will be with them every step of the way.”

In addition to streaming Remembering Vimy live on The CTV Broadband Network at 10 a.m. ET, CTV.ca will also feature a special micro-site dedicated to Vimy and the accomplishments of Canadians in the First World War along with an interactive map recreating the battle scenes. Full coverage of Vimy celebrations will be featured on Canada’s #1 newscast CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson at 11 p.m. and on CTV’s local evening newscasts (check CTV.ca for broadcast times).

CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations including nine foreign and seven domestic network news bureaus. CTV News operations include CTV Newsnet, BNN – Business News Network and information programming, including CTV News with Lloyd Robertson, CTV News with Sandie Rinaldo, Canada AM, W-FIVE, Question Period, Mike Duffy Live and The Verdict with Paula Todd. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the number-one news organization in Canada.

April 2, 2007

The 2007 JUNO Awards Attract 912,000 Viewers

Last night’s broadcast of The 2007 JUNO Awards on CTV finished with a national audience of 912,000 viewers*. Broadcast in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound from the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the two-hour special reached 3.7 million Canadians who tuned in at some point in the broadcast.

At 9 p.m. ET, 1.08 million viewers watched a special two-hour episode of The Amazing Race out of simulcast and airing on CTV.

“We’re proud of bringing the best of Canadian music to a national audience. Congratulations to Nelly and all the performers who dazzled in this two-hour show,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV’s President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Up against a ratings juggernaut in The Amazing Race on CBS, The 2007 JUNO Awards delivered a program we are extremely proud of.”

CTV’s half-hour pre-show eTalk at the JUNOS attracted 550,000 viewers for its red carpet arrivals special at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, the star-studded special featured appearances by, among others, host Nelly Furtado, Nickelback, Jim Cuddy, Billy Talent, Hedley, Three Days Grace, Alexisonfire, Tomi Swick, Mobile, DJ Champion, Sloan and Keshia Chanté. eTalk continues their exclusive coverage of the 2007 JUNO Awards – including interviews from backstage in the exclusive eTalk Pontiac Lounge – with a 30-minute wrap-up special tonight from Saskatoon at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.

Highlights from the show are available now on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.

Media Note – Download photos from last night’s red carpet and the eTalk Pontiac Lounge at www.ctvmedia.ca

* Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research (Note: The 2006 JUNO Awards on CTV last year attracted a national Nielsen audience of 1.225 million viewers).

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.

CTV’s Whistler Clicks Online with Complementary Web Experience

Toronto, ON (June 29, 2006) – Canada’s newest drama is also Canada’s dramatic new online broadband experience.

CTV announced today that its highly-acclaimed drama series Whistler, which premiered last Sunday, will be supported with multiple online components including on-demand broadband broadcasts of each episode, original webisodes, character blogs and an interactive website. Whistler airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV and premieres in the United States this Friday, June 30 on The N.

Photos can be downloaded from Whistler at www.ctvmedia.ca.

Set in one of the world’s most glittering resort playgrounds, Whistler is a 13-part drama series that unravels the mystery surrounding the shocking death of Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist Beck McKaye. In addition to 13, one-hour episodes, Whistler producers have also created 13 original, two to three minute “webisodes” that allow viewers to delve deeper into the mystery of Whistler. Shot on location in Whistler, BC, this bonus, original, web-only content consists of short scenes of events in the lives of the characters prior to the series’ storyline, scenes that could have taken place during the course of the episode or events that may have occurred between episodes.

Beginning today, two of the 13 Whistler webisodes – including a “prequel” webisode – are available on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at www.ctv.ca. The remaining webisodes will be released weekly on Mondays at 9 a.m. ET on ctv.ca following the original broadcast of Whistler on CTV.

In addition to the webisodes, Whistler is the latest series to be made available for free and on- demand on The CTV Broadband Network. Complete, one-hour Whistler episodes will be available at www.ctv.ca Mondays at 9 a.m. ET following each television broadcast on CTV.

Additional online elements that will support Whistler include two separate websites. The first, www.whistlertheseries.com features information about the show including synopses, cast bios, character info and additional details about Whistler that will be continually updated as the series unfolds over the summer.

The supporting website www.afterthedrop.com features a fictional blog set up by Whistler characters Feeney and Quinn. The blogsite was set up for family and friends to keep track of the main character, Beck McKaye, during his successful run at the Olympics. A Flash player also lives on this site that showcases various musical artists featured in the series.

The musical selections will be updated from time to time, but currently include: Immaculate Machine, The Organ, The Waking Eyes, Death From Above 1979 and Pilate. Series-related products will be promoted on the site as they are launched, such as the upcoming Whistler soundtrack from Universal Music Canada.

In addition, Quinn and other characters from the show have online “accounts” set up with existing websites in cyberspace, including myspace.com (myspace.com/whistlerquinn) and blog.flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnmckaye) where Quinn “shares” his photos of his famous brother, family and friends.

The Web strategy was developed and executed by Bento Box, a Toronto and Vancouver-based Web strategy firm that provides complete management of Web projects from vision to design to production. While Bento Box’s clients range from political parties to land developers, they’re no strangers to the entertainment world. They developed street marketing and websites for long-running series Da Vinci’s Inquest, and motion graphics and identity for the award- winning Canadian documentary, The Corporation. They can be found on the Web at http://www.bentobox.net

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 16 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.