Bell Media Inc. Type Subsidiary Industry Media (Television, Radio, Digital Media) Predecessor CTVglobemedia Founded 2011 (through acquisition of CTVglobemedia) Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada Key people Kevin Crull, president Owner(s) BCE Inc. Divisions CTV Inc., Bell Media Radio Website http://www.bellmedia.ca/
Bell Media is the mass media subsidiary of BCE (also known as Bell Canada Enterprises, the parent company of Bell Canada). Its operations include television broadcasting and production (including the CTV and CTV Two television networks), radio broadcasting (through Bell Media Radio), Digital Media, and Internet properties.
Bell Media is the successor-in-interest to Baton Broadcasting (later CTV Inc.), one of Canada's first private-sector television broadcasters. The company in its current form was originally established as Bell Globemedia by BCE and the Thomson family in 2001 combining CTV Inc., which Bell had acquired the previous year, and the operations of the Thomsons' The Globe and Mail. Bell sold the majority of its interest in 2006 (at which point the company was renamed CTVglobemedia), but re-acquired the entire company, excluding the Globe, in 2011.
Bell Media's largest division is Bell Media Television, which owns the following broadcast television assets:
- CTV, Canada's oldest, largest, and most-watched private broadcast television network, including 21 owned and operated stations.
- CTV Two a secondary television system which presently consists of five terrestrial television stations in Ontario, one in British Columbia as well as two cable-only channels, one in Alberta and the other in Atlantic Canada
Bell Media Television also owns 30 cable television specialty channels, frequently in partnership with U.S. companies which operate similar channels, and primarily concentrated in the following genres:
Genre Key channels Foreign partner Sports The Sports Network, Réseau des sports, TSN2, RDS2 others ESPN (part-owner) Music / youth (Much MTV Group) MuchMusic, MuchMore, MTV, MTV2, others MTV Networks (licensor – certain channels only) Factual programming Discovery Channel and various spinoff channels Discovery Communications (part-owner or licensor) News (CTV News) Business News Network, CP24, CTV News Channel n/a1 Comedy The Comedy Network and Comedy Gold Comedy Central (program supply) Entertainment Bravo! and E! NBCUniversal (licensor) Other FashionTelevisionChannel and Space n/a
1No foreign co-owners or brand partners are involved with these channels. However (like most news organizations) CTV does rely on foreign news sources, such as ABC News and CNN, for some international coverage.
In addition, Bell Media owns television/radio production studios and websites associated with all of the above properties, as well as the Sympatico.ca Internet portal previously operated through Bell Canada.
Bell Media Inc. (subsidiary of BCE Inc.) Conventional television Specialty / pay televisionCTV SpecialtyMuch MTV GroupOther Radio stations (Bell Media Radio)AMRadio networksTSN Radio · Bob FM Bell Media broadcasting studios Other Bell Media-owned assetsAgincourt Productions · Autohound · Bell Media Radio National Sales · CTV Music · Dome Productions · Exploration Distribution · Exploration Productions · sympatico.ca Associated foundationsBravo!FACT · MuchFACT Predecessors and historic brands See alsoSome of the assets listed above are only partially owned by Bell Media. Refer to full asset list for detailed information. Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) Corporate Directors Fixed-line telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Television services Other properties Advertising and sponsorships RelatedItalics indicate former properties
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