Bell Media

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

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 former entity, CTVglobemedia.



Bell Media's largest division is Bell Media Television, which owns the following broadcast television assets:

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.

Through its Bell Media Radio division, the company is also Canada's fifth-largest private-sector radio broadcaster, after Astral Media, Newcap Broadcasting, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment.

In addition, Bell Media owns television/radio production studios and websites associated with all of the above properties, as well as the Internet portal previously operated through Bell Canada.

See also


  1. ^ 21 is CTV's official count, which includes all stations in the CTV Atlantic and CTV Northern Ontario groups, as well as the CFCN-TV semi-satellite in Lethbridge, but not any other semi-satellites.

External links

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