Press Release: 2014/2015 Canadian Television Report Card: Canada’s Most-Watched Specialty Channels

Bell Media (logo via Wikimedia)

Bell Media (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 2, 2015) – As Upfront Week continues, Bell Media confirmed today the Top 10 most-watched English-language Canadian specialty channels of the year. The full-day snapshot of specialty performance over the past year among key selling demos positions TSN once again as the most-watched specialty channel in the country. Bell Media’s Discovery and Space also rank among the most-watched entertainment channels, with Comedy and CP24 ranking high among younger viewers.

“In the demos that matter, Bell Media specialty channels once again rank among the most-watched by viewers, and the most-coveted by distributors,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, Bell Media.

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Press Release: Bell Media Marks Bell Let’s Talk Day with Slate of Special Programming

Bell Media (logo via Wikimedia)

Bell Media (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (January 27, 2015) – Bell Media marks the fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 28) with a full day of programming to help grow the conversation and raise awareness about mental health issues. Anchored by the debut of the original one-hour documentary CLARA’S BIG RIDE at 7 p.m. ET on CTVCTV Two, and CTV GO (and available on-demand all day on CraveTV and CTV.ca), a day of special mental health-themed programming will air across Bell Media’s properties, including CTV, CTV Two, BNN, CP24, CTV News Channel, Discovery, E!, M3, Much, MTV, RDS, Space, TSN, CraveTV, and TheLoop.ca, as well as its additional digital, radio, and local TV platforms.

“Bell Media is proud to support Bell Let’s Talk Day and engage Canadians in the important discussion about mental health,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “It is a privilege to be able to provide programming that challenges people’s perceptions about mental illness and demonstrates to those who struggle that they are not alone.”

CANADA AM begins the day with a discussion about eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and features powerful stories, from mental health inside the military to parenting the mentally ill child. On CTV News Channel’s POWER PLAY, host Don Martin speaks to Minister of Health Rona Ambrose and several MPs about how they have been coping in the months since the attack on Parliament Hill. On CTV, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL each dedicate a full hour to various mental health-themed topics, while on the half-hour special ETALK PRESENTS: BELL LET’S TALK 2015, celebrities share their personal experiences with mental illness.

The day’s flagship program, CLARA’S BIG RIDE, chronicles the inspiring and emotional 110-day cycling journey across Canada by six-time Olympic medallist and long-time Bell Let’s Talk spokesperson Clara Hughes. Throughout the journey, Hughes spreads a hopeful message designed to break the silence surrounding mental illness and help create a stigma-free Canada. Crossing every region of the country, the documentary also features brave stories from Canadians whose lives are touched by Hughes’ historic ride.

Following Bell Let’s Talk Day, CTV’s W5 goes behind-the-scenes for a profile on TV personality Howie Mandel for a candid interview about the mental health challenges he has faced, airing this Saturday, Jan. 31,

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Review: The People’s Couch

The People's Couch Title Card (screenshot via bravo.ca)

The People’s Couch title card (screenshot via bravo.ca)


There’s something odd about giving my opinion on a show that’s all about what other people think of other shows. It’s kinda meta, but here goes.

So if you’re vaguely familiar with The People’s Couch you may be wondering what the difference is between it and a review along the lines of what you’re reading right now. While you are getting a random guy’s opinion of some TV program on my blog through these reviews, on The People’s Couch the people there don’t really review shows. What you get is something more like the recently cancelled Video On Trial, but for TV series opposed to music videos.

As with Video On Trial, (before it was retooled) you have a few people commenting on something they’ve watched or are currently watching. However, unlike Video On Trial, the program is set in the cast’s homes instead of a barren nearly empty set. Also, the people on The People’s Couch are often seen on-screen with family and friends.
Personally, I think the idea of Video On Trial makes a lot more sense than The People’s Couch as you don’t have to worry about missing important plot details or character background information that are important with TV shows, but may be nonexistent in music videos.

Also, comparatively music videos are only a few minutes long, where  TV shows regularly run between 22-44 minutes (or longer if the series is a BBC or premium cable drama). So with only a few minutes devoted to a single episode of a program, you’re missing out on a lot to be able to make sense out of what’s going on and what they’re watching. Music videos, on the other hand, don’t typically have story lines, but the few that do are usually easy to follow, so you rarely, if ever, encounter that problem on Video On Trial.

It's hard to see why someone would want to watch this show in this day and age (image via Belll Media)

It’s hard to see why someone would want to watch this show in this day and age (image via Bell Media)

It’s also hard to see why someone would tune into The People’s Couch to hear about their favourite series (or a show they secretly hate-watch). Since many people still watch TV live, you can easily find witty comments on a program you’re watching instantly. Just hit up Twitter, search the show you want or its hashtag and watch the comments come in real-time opposed to waiting for The People’s Couch to come on. Continue reading

Press Release: In The Know, Wherever You Go: CTV News GO and CP24 GO Keep Canadians Connected to the News Anywhere, Any Time

TORONTO (March 18, 2014– Canada’s #1 news organization announced today the launch of CTV News GO and CP24 GO, new digital products available for free online at CTVNews.ca and CP24.com, on Apple iOS devices and, on Android phones and tablets. Today’s launch marks the first time CTV News and CP24 apps are available on Android devices. Complementing theCTV GO offering unveiled last November and last week’s TSN GO announcement, CTV News GO and CP24 GO deliver more news stories and video to Canadians whenever and wherever they want them.

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