Bell Welcomes French-Language Conventional TV Network V & Noovo.ca

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MONTRÉAL, May 15, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell welcomes French-language conventional TV network V and the ad-supported VOD service Noovo.ca to its Bell Media division with the completion of their acquisition from Groupe V MĂ©dia today. The acquisition strengthens choice for TV viewers in QuĂ©bec while enhancing investment in French-language content creation.

“The addition of the V team to Bell’s broad range of media properties is key to our strategic imperative to deliver the most compelling content to our customers everywhere,” said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. “Bell Media has the commitment and resources to invest in French-language content necessary to take V forward, and to bring much-needed consumer choice and competition to QuĂ©bec’s television sector.”

Karine Moses, President, Bell Media QuĂ©bec and Bell’s Vice Chair, QuĂ©bec, leads the MontrĂ©al-based team responsible for the day-to-day operations of V and Noovo.ca.

“We are thrilled to add the first French-language conventional TV network to our portfolio, providing QuĂ©bec viewers with expanded opportunities for news and entertainment programming on all platforms,” said Moses. “We are committed to broadening relationships with viewers, local independent producers, and advertisers. Today is only the beginning, and we look forward to the many more exciting developments to come.”

The acquisition of V underscores Bell Media’s commitment to increase the production of original local content in QuĂ©bec, and aligns with the reorganization of the company’s French-language original programming teams under Suzane Landry, Vice-President, French-Language Content Development and Programming.

Landry announced today the appointment of MĂ©lanie BhĂ©rer as General Manager, Variety, Lifestyle, and Documentary, and Sophie Parizeau as General Manager, Fiction and Digital Content. Bell Media also welcomes V’s Brigitte Vincent as General Manager, Programming Strategies, Acquisitions and Commercialization. All these appointments are effective immediately.

“MĂ©lanie, Sophie, and Brigitte are industry veterans with remarkable experience and credited for their strong instincts and passion for high-quality content,” said Landry, “I am confident that with these strong leaders and a renewed spirit of industry collaboration and creativity, we are well-positioned to bring QuĂ©becers even more exceptional content across all platforms.”

V MĂ©dia owns and operates television stations in MontrĂ©al, QuĂ©bec City, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, and Trois-RiviĂšres, and has affiliate stations in Gatineau, RiviĂšre-du-Loup and Val-d’Or. Noovo.ca is an ad-supported VOD service allows viewers to get the latest entertainment from V including unique video, access to stars, and blog posts.

About Bell Media Québec
Bell Media is a leading content creation company with premier assets in QuĂ©bec in television, radio, digital media, out-of-home, and more. Bell Media operates a number of French-language TV services in QuĂ©bec including the V conventional network (with five corporate-owned local stations and three network affiliates), as well as eight specialty and pay TV services – Canal D, Canal Vie, Z, VRAK, Investigation, SUPER ÉCRAN, CinĂ©pop, and RDS, QuĂ©bec’s #1 sports channel. Bell Media currently has three of the Top 5 most-watched shows on French Entertainment Specialty in key demos, including six of the Top 10 original productions. Bell Media also operates CTV Montreal (the #1 English news outlet in QuĂ©bec), and develops and operates websites, apps, and online platforms for its news, sports, and entertainment brands, including RDS Direct and Noovo.ca. Bell Media owns Crave, the only Canadian bilingual video streaming service, offering more than 6,000 hours of exclusive French-language content. Bell Media is QuĂ©bec’s leading radio broadcaster, with 25 stations in 14 communities, all part of the iHeartRadio Canada brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns MontrĂ©al-based Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of 50,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
Learn more at BellMedia.ca.

About Bell
Canada’s largest communications company with more than 22 million consumer and business connections, Bell provides advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Founded in MontrĂ©al in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

SOURCEBell Canada

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