CTV's THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS is First Music Awards Show in North America to be Broadcast in 4K

– Bell Media expands 4K production following TSN achievement in January –
– Canadians with a 4K television and receiver who are Bell Fibe TV customers can view the live ultra HD broadcast –
THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS airs live on CTV this Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AT–

TORONTO, March 31, 2016 /CNW/ - CTV confirmed today its THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS broadcast this Sunday will become the first music awards show in North America to be broadcast in 4K. The announcement follows the breakthrough earlier this year when TSN's January 20 Toronto Raptors broadcast was the first live sports production in North America to broadcast in 4K. Co-hosted by Jann Arden and Jon Montgomery, THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS airs live from Calgary on CTV and CTV GO April 3 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AT.

Live 4K production is a bold new frontier for the TV industry, intensifying the live viewing experience with enhanced motion detail, increased screen pixel counts, and greater brightness range. Bell Fibe TV customers with a 4K television and receiver can experience every minute of Canada's preeminent awards show in sharp, high-quality resolution.

"Becoming the first media company in North America to broadcast an awards show in 4K enhances our continued goal of delivering the highest quality television experiences to our viewers," said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. "With 4K's Ultra HD resolution, viewers are invited to experience the JUNO Awards like never before."

"The JUNO Awards broadcast has always utilized the latest technology to deliver a live, stadium experience to viewers at home," said John Brunton, Executive Producer, THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS. "This year Bell Media, Dome Productions and the CARAS team are elevating the viewing experience through the use of 4K technology, and we look forward to taking the JUNOS broadcast to the next level by presenting it in a new and truly impactful way."

Bell Media recently announced that TSN's five national feeds are airing a slate of 4K broadcasts featuring the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators. Discovery Canada also announced that its premium video streaming service Discovery GO now offers a growing inventory of titles available in 4K on Samsung UHD TV, and that its upcoming original Canadian drama FRONTIER is currently being shot in 4K.

Performers on THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS include Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Coleman Hell, Dean Brody, Dear Rouge, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and Whitehorse, as well as a special tribute to 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Burton Cummings.

THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV Networks and CraveTV, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

The broadcast sponsors of THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS are Google Play Music, Samsung Canada, TD Bank Group, Tim Hortons, and Volkswagen Canada.

Premier Partners of The 2016 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Alberta, the City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, the National Music Centre, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 45th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca.  

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.

Web Links:
Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca
CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca
JUNO TV: www.junotv.ca
CTV website: www.ctv.ca


For further information: For more information about THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS, contact: Amanda Rinaldo, 416.384.5325 or amanda.rinaldo@bellmedia.ca

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