FashionTelevisionChannel's Jeanne Beker and CTV News President Wendy Freeman Among Canada's Most Powerful Women in 2012

- Women's Executive Network (WXN) reveals 2012 Winners at 10th anniversary of Top 100 Awards -

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TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media, today congratulated Jeanne Beker, Canadian fashion icon and FashionTelevisionChannel host, along with Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News, for receiving the prestigious 2012 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in the Arts & Communications category. Winners are selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, their organization's financial performance, and their commitment to their communities.

As the Top 100 Award marks its 10th anniversary of celebrating the professional achievements of women across the country, Freeman and Beker join a community of 653 women who have received the Top 100 Award over the last decade in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada.

"We are very proud to see Jeanne and Wendy recognized by WXN for their outstanding talent and invaluable contributions not just to broadcasting, but to excellence in Canadian business and the communities in which they serve," said Crull.

Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry, both here in Canada and around the world. Recently announced as one of the key media personalities for TheLoop.ca, Bell Media's innovative new lifestyle brand, Beker is also the host of FashionTelevisionChannel - Canada's first and only 24-hour channel dedicated to fashion, beauty and design. Previously host of Canada's leading fashion series FASHION TELEVISION for 27 years, she is now a contributing editor to The Toronto Star and The Kit, a columnist for Metro, a published author of five books (the latest two released in Spring 2011 - Finding Myself in Fashion and Strutting It: The Grit Behind The Glamour), and a regular contributor to CANADA AM, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, and ETALK.

"Jeanne Beker continues to be an incredible trailblazer in the Canadian television industry," said Crull. "Through innovation, tenacity, and élan, she has ensured Canadian content is seen and celebrated around the world."

Since being named President of CTV News in December 2010, Freeman has been responsible for news, information, and current affairs programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS, CTV News Channel, BNN, CP24, and CTVNews.ca. Also under her leadership are CANADA AM, W5, QUESTION PERIOD, and CTV News specials. Freeman presides over all Bell Media news editorial content and newsgathering efforts, and oversees the newsrooms' day-to-day operations, leading CTV News' award-winning and most-watched coverage of the world's biggest news stories, including the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, London 2012, and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. In 2012 under Freeman's leadership, the CTV News division was recognized with the prestigious RTNDA Bert Canning Award for Best Newscast for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, along with 46 other RTDNA awards for local and national news programs.

"Wendy Freeman is a passionate leader who continues to work tirelessly in ensuring Canadian viewers, in places big and small, get the local, regional, national, and international news content that matters to them," said Crull.

"On behalf of the WXN community of 18,000 women, we congratulate each of this year's Winners who we honour as part of the 10th year of the Top 100 Awards," said Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Women's Executive Network. "This is an extraordinary group of female leaders who join our community, and they truly embody the qualities WXN strives to recognize; they are dynamic, inspiring and engaging leaders blazing new trails for the next generation."

Co-presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, WXN has awarded an outstanding group of women this year from a variety of industries ranging from corporate executives and entrepreneurs to trailblazers and trendsetters changing the world with their professional contributions. This year, WXN celebrates a decade of the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, paying tribute to the 653 incredible women who have received this honour to date, including 88 of whom who have joined the Top 100 Hall of Fame. The complete list of 2012 Top 100 Award Winners can be found at top100women.ca

Beker AND Freeman will attend the award celebration on December 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, where the Top 100 Award Winners will lead WXN's afternoon leadership Summit, appropriately themed "An Afternoon of Inspired Leadership," offering insight to the more than 400 women in attendance. Award winners will then be celebrated at the Top 100 Awards 10th annual Gala Dinner that evening. Gala attendees will hear from Laureen Harper, who will present the Public Sector Leaders Award category, as well as from keynote speakers Jeanne Beker and Bonnie Brooks, Hudson's Bay Company President and CEO.

About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.
More information and details are available at wxnetwork.com or top100women.ca.

About Bell Media

Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and owns and operates 30 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada's #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada's #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the Sympatico.ca portal, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

SOURCE: Bell Media

For further information:

Renee Dupuis, Bell Media Communications, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca
Amanda Rinaldo, Bell Media Communications, 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@bellmedia.ca