Jesse Palmer Signs Broadcast Deal with TSN, CTV

    - Canadian-born former NFL QB now TSN's newest NFL analyst -
    - Former 'Bachelor' becomes CTV's new NY-based entertainment
    correspondent -

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - Former NFL quarterback and one of TV's most
famous 'bachelors', Jesse Palmer, has signed an exclusive Canadian broadcast
deal with TSN and CTV that brings the Canadian star to the Canadian airwaves,
it was announced tonight on SportsCentre and eTalk.
    Palmer, who was born in Toronto and grew up in Nepean, Ont., will work
this season for TSN as SportsCentre's newest NFL analyst and for CTV as a new
NY-based entertainment correspondent for Canada's number 1 entertainment
program, eTalk.
    "Although I've spent most of my adult life in the U.S., I'm still a
Canadian at heart and I'm excited to appear on the airwaves north of the
border. This is a unique opportunity that combines my passion for football and
interest in the world of entertainment," said Palmer. "I grew up watching TSN
and am thrilled to now be part of the team."
    Palmer will headline a new weekly segment on SportsCentre entitled Monday
Morning Quarterback, where he will provide analysis and commentary on the
week's games every Monday throughout the NFL season, beginning September 3.
Leading up to Super Bowl XLII, Palmer will head to Phoenix with fellow TSN
football analyst Chris Schultz for TSN's coverage of Super Bowl Week, leading
into CTV's live coverage of the big game on February 3. In addition, Palmer
will write a weekly column on, offering his insight and musings on the
    Palmer also brings his celebrity status to Canada's most-watched
entertainment newsmagazine program, eTalk, where he will appear regularly
interviewing A-list stars from the world of movies, TV, music, fashion and
beyond. Palmer will attend major movie junkets and the hottest and most
exclusive parties/events during the star-studded Super Bowl Week, providing
eTalk with behind-the-scenes coverage. Based in New York, Palmer brings
another layer to eTalk's already established news team.
    "TSN has covered Jesse Palmer's playing career since his standout days
with the Florida Gators. Our viewers have watched him progress from the NCAA
to the NFL to a TV celebrity. And now it's all come full circle. It's great to
have Jesse back on TSN - this time, as part of our broadcast team," said Mark
Milliere, Vice-President of News, TSN.
    "Jesse transcends the world of sports as a recognized TV personality. His
knowledge and love of the entertainment scene, combined with his charisma and
outgoing personality, make him a strong fit for the eTalk team," said Jordan
Schwartz, Vice-President of Daytime Programming and eTalk.
    Palmer will also work this season in the U.S. as a studio analyst for
ESPN's college football coverage. His prior broadcasting career includes
stints as a studio analyst for NFL on FOX and NFL Network's coverage of the
2007 NFL Draft.
    Palmer played five seasons in the NFL, four with the NY Giants and one
with the San Francisco 49ers. Non-football fans might recognize Palmer from
his high-profile TV days as the star of Season 5 of The Bachelor. Palmer's TV
credits also include an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
    CTV and TSN have extensive coverage of the 2007 NFL season, with CTV
televising the early afternoon regular season games (1 p.m. ET), all playoff
games and the coveted Super Bowl. TSN's slate features a total of 43 games
including Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, giving the network
a one-two punch with back-to-back nights of NFL action. Coverage kicks off on
TSN with the season opener on September 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET featuring the
defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts taking on the New Orleans

    TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the
Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN's flagship news program,
SportsCentre, was voted the number-one source for sports news by sports fans
from across the country(*). TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule also features
the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Toronto Maple
Leafs hockey; International Hockey including the IIHF World Junior
Championship; the Olympic Games through 2012; CFL including Friday Night
Football; NFL including Sunday and Monday Night Football; PGA TOUR and all
four golf Majors; Season of Champions Curling; NASCAR including the
Daytona 500; Formula One including the Canadian Grand Prix; IRL including the
Indy 500; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors basketball and the NBA Finals; Tennis
and all four Grand Slam events; EURO 2008 and UEFA Champions League Soccer;
and HBO World Championship boxing. TSN HD offers more sports coverage, more
hours and more events in High Definition than any other network in Canada,
reinforcing TSN's position as Canada's Sports Leader in High Definition. TSN
is available in 9 million households. TSN's programming and news content is
also available online at

    (*) 2005/2006 Roper Canada - Winter

    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

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, TSN, (w) (416) 332-7575, (c)
(647) 224-8800,; Renee Horton, eTalk, (w) (416) 355-3817,
(c) (416) 407-7048,

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