-- Frappier to lead French-language coverage on multiple platforms --
TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Rick Brace, President of Revenue, Business
Planning and Sports, CTV Inc., today appointed Gerry Frappier as French Chef
de Mission of the CTV-Rogers Media Consortium, where he will oversee all
French-language coverage of the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
Frappier, a Montreal native, will also continue to serve in his current
role as President and General Manager of Le Réseau des Sports (RDS), Canada's
No. 1 French-language sports network.
RDS's Montreal office will be the headquarters for CTV-Rogers'
French-language coverage of the Olympic Games. Frappier will play a leading
role in the development of the 1,100 total hours of French-language 2010 and
2012 Olympic television coverage. All French-language Olympic coverage will be
originally produced by RDS, which currently produces the majority of sports
coverage in Quebec.
"Gerry has led the team that has made RDS the uncontested source for
sports among the French-speaking population," said Brace. "He is the perfect
candidate to ensure that the French coverage for Vancouver 2010 will be
"Having worked with Gerry over the years, I have seen first-hand his
impeccable leadership skills, creativity and drive for success. He is a
motivator who thinks outside the box and is widely respected in the
broadcasting community for raising the bar of French-language sports
television," said Keith Pelley, President, CTV-Rogers Media Consortium.
"We are offering unprecedented coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Winter Games in terms of quality, depth and hours on multiple platforms,
giving more choice and access than ever before. We are committed to making
these the best Olympic Games Canadians have ever seen, regardless of which
official language they choose to watch them in," said Frappier.
In an effort to ensure widespread distribution and greater accessibility
of French-language networks, CTV-Rogers has arranged for TQS, RDS and RIS Info
Sports to be available outside of Quebec and the National Capital Regional
free-of-charge during the Olympic Games. TQS will televise a total of 201
hours during the Vancouver Olympics, averaging 12 hours per day of live and
prime time coverage of every sport; RDS will present 304 hours of coverage (19
hours per day), with an emphasis on sports/athletes of particular interest to
the French market; and RIS Info Sports will provide 45 hours of coverage, with
live event coverage and 15-minute updates every hour.
This past year, under Frappier's leadership, RDS achieved record ratings
for its coverage of the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL Playoffs, surpassing
audience levels reached on conventional television.
Frappier joined RDS in 1998, where he is currently responsible for
programming, production, acquisitions, sales and marketing. In 2000, Frappier
was instrumental in obtaining the category-1 digital specialty license, RIS
Info Sports, and oversaw the launch of the 24-hour all-sports news service in
Frappier is involved in several charitable organizations, including
Honourary Vice-President of Le Défi sportif des athlètes handicapés, Governor
of The Quebec Special Olympics, and Administrator of The Montreal Canadiens
CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Andrea Goldstein, CTV, (416) 332-7575 or
firstname.lastname@example.org; Nathalie Moreau, RDS, (514) 529-2132 or email@example.com