TELUS Spell It invites home viewers to participate with Canada's most
intense spelling bee
WINNIPEG and VANCOUVER, March 16 /CNW/ - TELUS and CanWest CanSpell are
inviting Canadians to "text for success" with the country's brightest spelling
During the live broadcast of the CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee
Saturday, April 14, the TELUS Spell It contest will give viewers
coast-to-coast the opportunity to compete along with Canada's most brilliant
spellers through text messaging and online play.
TELUS Spell It winners will take home one of five, RESP contributions of
$4,000 each, provided by AIC Limited.
"Enabling the interactive participation of Canadians in a live broadcast
through the innovative use of wireless technology is a television first," said
TELUS president and CEO Darren Entwistle. "TELUS is thrilled our technology is
allowing Canadians coast-to-coast to test their spelling skills against some
of our country's brightest young minds."
The CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee broadcasts live at 7 p.m.
(check local listings) on April 14 and eight TELUS Spell It words will be
featured for players to spell along. At-home spellers can enter the contest
throughout the television broadcast and until 6 a.m. the next morning via text
messaging from TELUS. The winners, selected at random from all correct
entries, will be announced live on ET Canada on Monday, April 16.
As of April 2, contestants can go to www.canspell.com for information on
how to play along in real-time. Canadians of all ages will be eligible to play
in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
Eligibility in Quebec is limited to 13 years and older.
The CanWest CanSpell program showcases Canada's most talented students
through a series of school-level, regional and national spelling bees. The top
two spellers from each of the 20 participating markets converge in Ottawa for
the national final, broadcast live on Global Television and on NTV
Newfoundland and Labrador, April 14.
The first-place spellers from each regional market are also eligible to
participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on May 31.
Alberta's Finola Hackett, captured the hearts of the nation when she placed
second at the esteemed Scripps Bee in Washington DC in 2006.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, over the last six years TELUS has
contributed more than $76 million to charitable and non-profit organizations,
and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its
local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
CanWest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwestglobal.com), (TSX: CGS
and CGS.A, NYSE: CWG) an international media company, is Canada's largest
media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest
also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in Canada's largest
publisher of daily newspapers, and conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, Indonesia,
Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information:
For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Shawn
Hall, TELUS Media Relations, (604) 697-8176, firstname.lastname@example.org, Bruce
Leslie, Vice President, Community and Public Relations, CanWest Global
Communications Corp., (204) 956-2025, email@example.com