Bell Media's Team 1040 Scores Multi-Year Rights Extension with the Vancouver Canucks

- Early renewal includes exclusive radio broadcast rights of all Canucks games through to the 2016-17 season -

- Bell Media Radio stations are also official broadcasters for the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets -


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VANCOUVER, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Bell Media's Team 1040 and the Vancouver Canucks announced today they are extending their partnership with a new long-term radio rights deal. As part of the early renewal, Team 1040 continues to be the home of all Canucks games through to the 2016-17 season.

Team 1040 has been the exclusive radio broadcaster of the Vancouver Canucks and home of the Canucks Radio Network since 2006.

The deal is the latest in a series of major sports acquisitions for Bell Media Radio. Earlier this year TSN Radio 990 in Montreal acquired radio broadcast rights for Montreal Canadiens games and TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg became the official broadcaster of the Winnipeg Jets. Bell Media's Team 1200 in Ottawa also holds radio broadcast rights for the Ottawa Senators.

"We are pleased to have a radio partner that is so committed to providing our fans with comprehensive coverage of their favourite team," said Victor de Bonis, Chief Operating Officer, Canucks Sports & Entertainment and Alternate Governor, NHL. "Team 1040 has been a strong partner for our hockey club for the past five years and we look forward to six more years of great hockey coverage."

"We are extremely proud of our Canucks coverage and are thrilled that the team is continuing to put their trust in Team 1040 with this early renewal," said Chris Gordon, President of Bell Media Radio. "As we saw during last year's Cup run, sports fans in the lower mainland know to turn to Team 1040 for Canucks coverage. This extension ensures they'll have industry-leading coverage from Vancouver's best sports broadcasters for the next six years."

Team 1040's Canucks coverage is led by play-by-play broadcaster John Shorthouse and Rick Ball, along with analyst and former NHLer Dave Tomlinson.  Canucks coverage can also be heard live online at www.teamradio.ca.

Bell Media Radio
Bell Media Radio is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.  Bell Media Radio is one of Canada's most successful radio networks operating 33 radio stations in 14 markets throughout Canada including CHUM FM, Canada's # 1 FM station.

About Canucks Sports & Entertainment
Owned and operated by the Aquilini Investment Group since 2004, Canucks Sports & Entertainment is committed to providing a premium fan experience through the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, state of the art Rogers Arena and charitable and community initiatives. For more information, please visit Canucks.com or Rogersarena.ca.

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For further information:

James Stuart, (w) 604-871-2931, james.stuart@bellmedia.ca
Greg McIsaac, (w) 416.384.5180, (c) 416.458.3591, greg.mcisaac@bellmedia.ca


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